Rebellion Picks Up The Bitmap Brothers Brand & Portfolio
If you’re not old (like me I guess) you can probably be excused for not knowing who The Bitmap Brothers are, as their really big games were in the 80’s and early 90’s. Any of these ring a bell? Speedball? Speedball 2? Chaos Engine?
No, not the Splinter Cell game – that was Chaos Theory.
If you don’t remember them, that’s ok, if Rebellion has anything to say about it, you’re going to get to know them in the near future. The European-based development studio behind games like Sniper Elite and Zombie Army has acquired the brand and portfolio of The Bitmap Brothers and plans to bring some of those classic games back to new platforms as well as spin up new releases in the future.
I’m pumped to see Speedball – sort of a mix of football, handball, and hockey – make a comeback, and Chaos Engine was the kind of really dumb fun you don’t see anywhere near enough of these days.
Here’s the press release:
REBELLION ACQUIRES THE BITMAP BROTHERS BRAND AND PORTFOLIO
Described as “Gaming’s first rockstars,” The Bitmap Brothers were responsible for what many regard as some of the stand-out games of the late 80s and early 90s, including titles such as Xenon, Z: Steel Soldiers, Speedball and Chaos Engine. Rebellion plans to bring classic The Bitmap Brothers games to new platforms, and going forward to create new titles based on its beloved licenses.
The news comes as the UK’s National Videogame Museum unveiled its new UK Collection which launches with a focus on Rebellion, recognizing the studio’s achievements across multimedia, spanning more than a quarter of a century. This will lead to Rebellion being featured in the first Great British Studios exhibition, launching at a future date in the museum.
“We’re delighted with the addition of The Bitmap Brothers to the ever-growing Rebellion portfolio,” said Rebellion CEO and Co-founder Jason Kingsley OBE. “The Bitmap Brothers are renowned for making great games and for bringing gaming into the mainstream with inimitable style. We’ve known Mike Montgomery for many years, and we’re honoured by the faith and trust that he has shown in us by passing on the torch. We’ll strive to be vigilant custodians of one of gaming’s great names.”
To celebrate today’s announcement, Rebellion have unveiled a special photo featuring company Co-founders Jason and Chris Kingsley OBE and The Bitmap Brothers co-founder Mike Montgomery, harking back to the classic images of The Bitmap Brothers that gained mainstream attention in the 1990s.