UK publisher and developer Rebellion has announced that it has acquired the veteran Bitmap Brothers Studio brand and its portfolio of games including Speedball, Chaos Engine, Z: Steel Soldiers and more.
Making the announcement via press release, Rebellion said it plans to bring some of those classic series ‘to new platforms’ as well as ‘going forward to create new titles based on its beloved licenses.’
The Bitmap Brothers were founded in 1987, with their first release – shoot em up Xenon – releasing in 1988. Speedball followed the same year, and the sequel – Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe – became arguably their most famous title on release in 1990 and saw many ports and updates, including several remakes such as Speedball 2 for PC in 2007.
On the acqusition, Rebellion’s co-founder Jason Kingsley said ‘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.’
Rebellion are currently working on Zombie Army 4: Dead War, which is currently scheduled for a February release on PC and consoles.
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