Oxford-based games developer and publisher Rebellion has bought Warwick-based Radiant Worlds, the development studio founded in 2013 by industry veterans Andrew Oliver, Philip Oliver and Richard Smithies. The purchase price was undisclosed.
Radiant Worlds, with its 70 employees, will become Rebellion Warwick, joining Rebellion Liverpool as a sister studio to the company’s headquarters in Oxford. Rebellion Warwick will immediately transition on to current projects – including the 1930s co-op adventure Strange Brigade – and will contribute to projects based on Rebellion’s IP such as Sniper Elite, Evil Genius, Battlezone and more. Founders Philip and Andrew Oliver will remain at Rebellion Warwick.
The acquisition completes a landmark 12 months for Rebellion which recently celebrated its 25th birthday. In 2017 the company successfully self-published Sniper Elite 4, announced its next major new IP in Strange Brigade, and released a remaster of the BAFTA-nominated classic Rogue Trooper. Its stewardship of cutting edge comic 2000 AD, opened up the 2000 AD universe to external game developers and announcing Mega-City One – an ambitious TV series set in world of Judge Dredd.
Now employing over 300 staff, Rebellion says this acquisition cements its reputation as one of the UK’s most exciting multi-media companies.
Rebellion CEO and co-founder Jason Kingsley OBE, said: “It’s been a great year for us and we have a lot of plans to help make 2018, 2019 and beyond bigger and even greater years for Rebellion.”