Rebellion Developments has announced it's most recent acquisition of the brand and portfolio of industry veteran The Bitmap Brothers. Rebellion also revealed during the announcement that they plan to bring classic The Bitmap Brothers games to current platforms as well as create new titles based on their classic licenses.
The Bitmap Brothers was founded by Mike Montgomery in 1987 and is best known for titles such as Chaos Engine, Xenon, Speedball, and Z: Steel Soldiers. These titles would most likely be the ones chosen when Rebellion decides to start bringing The Bitmap Brothers portfolio to modern-day platforms.
Rebellion CEO and Co-founder Jason Kingsley OBE said of the acquisition:
We're delighted with the addition of The Bitmap Brothers to the ever-growing Rebellion portfolio. 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.”
The acquisition comes right on the heels of the unveiling of a new exhibit from the UK's National Videogame Museum that begins with a focus on Rebellion to show off their many achievements across their 27 years in the gaming industry so far.
We'll have to wait and see how quickly Rebellion plans to get started on bringing The Bitmap Brothers titles to current platforms as well as using those IPs to create new entries in those series. With the wide array of platforms available today to create games for such as PC, consoles, mobile, and VR, the sky really is the limit when it comes to creating new entries in The Bitmap Brothers classic IPs.
Which titles would you be most excited to see brought to modern platforms? How would you want to see those classic licenses used for new games going forward?