Rebellion at the moment introduced they’ve purchased the model and portfolio of The Bitmap Brothers, a reputation that will impress or mystify you relying on how previous you might be and the way profitable the Commodore Amiga was spherical your means. Lot of goosebumps working up the arms of people that grew up in England in the course of the 80s. Rebellion say they’re planning to rerelease classic Bitmap Brothers games in addition to make new games within the previous collection. I by no means had an Amiga myself however a pal did so right here’s me going “Oh yeah, Speedball was good! Right? I think? I liked its sportfights?” Ugh, my tight 5 of ‘D’ya keep in mind?’ gags is dangerously free.
Rebellion’s announcement referred to as out 4 Bitmap Brothers games by identify, so it appears probably these are those they’re most keen on resuming and rereleasing: Speedball, the futuresport of murderhockey; the shmup Xenon, top-down shooter Chaos Engine; and robotic RTS Z: Steel Soldiers. The greatest Bitmap games do nonetheless get releases and remasters once in a while, however I suppose Rebellion will actually go for it.
“We’re delighted with the addition of The Bitmap Brothers to the ever-growing Rebellion portfolio,” Rebellion CEO Jason Kingsley stated. “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 nicely right into a little bit of nostalgia. They bought Battlezone off Atari a couple of years again and made a brand new VR-focused tank shooter in addition to revamping the unexpectedly good FPS-RTS Battlezones from the 90s. They additionally not too long ago remastered their own Rogue Trooper and are engaged on Evil Genius 2, a sequel to their 2004 Bond villain ’em up. They not too long ago spoke with us about the challenges and opportunities of chasing nostalgia too.
They definitely are busy bees. Last week Rebellion additionally introduced a board game division, Rebellion Unplugged. That’s beginning with a Sniper Elite board game, and plans are afoot to lure extra of Rebellion’s games in cardboard.
Speedball 2 screenshot through MobyGames.