AvP Developer Rebellion Undergoes Restructuring

Claiming that it is positioning itself for growth, independent developer Rebellion (Aliens vs. Predator, Rogue Warrior) today revealed that it is in the process of "corporate restructuring" and may close one of its three existing offices.

The UK company will "review the need" for its office in Derby as the lease on that particular location is expiring soon. Meanwhile, Rebellion is recruiting for its main office in Oxford (described as "the home of Aliens vs. Predator") and other studio in Runcorn.

Rebellion's Aliens vs. Predator (2010) and Rogue Warrior (2009)

"Growth is sometimes painful, never more so than in the current climate and we have had to take a long hard look at how we operate our studio network," Rebellion CEO Jason Kingsley explained today in a statement. "Strategically we have decided to review the need for the Derby facilities, and consultation with staff at Derby is ongoing."

Rumors of the Derby studio's closure emerged this morning via VG247, with GamesIndustry.biz writing it "understands that a number of staff have already been made redundant," though Kingsley affirms that "No-one has been made redundant by Rebellion in more than a decade, and the Derby studio is very much still open while we conduct the review. We are currently undergoing a process of consultancy with our staff to get their ideas, and establish the best possible future for the Derby studio."

Chris Faylor was previously a games journalist creating content at Shacknews.

From The Chatty
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    January 12, 2010 8:06 AM

    Rogue Trooper showed that this studio is capable of making a pretty cohesive gameplay experience, even if the graphics were somewhat lacking (likely due to it needing to play well on xbox and ps2). That game had some good polish to it, and hit most of the right notes.

    One thing that worries me about the development of this new AvP game isn't Rebellion restructuring or going under, but the screenshots for a game being released in less than two months all look very, very staged. To be perfectly honest, they look like in-game renders and not screenshots at all.

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      January 12, 2010 8:29 AM

      Rebellion's latest game, Rogue Warrior, is universally hailed as putrid rubbish, which I think is the real reason for the 'restructuring.'
      That concerns me more than potentially doctored screenshots.

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        January 12, 2010 2:02 PM

        What do people expect from a game based on Richard Marcinko? I mean - did anyone expect it to be great? Seriously.

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      January 12, 2010 10:22 AM

      having just bought the eidos pack over the holidays - i'm leaning towards the sketched out side of things myself. Didn't realize that the vast majority of the games in the pack were all developed by Rebellion, and have been almost universally horrified by the quality of the games. Most are painful - and as I played through them, realized that they were all basically the same game with different skins. Bad 3rd person shooters with questionable graphics and very simplistic gameplay.

      Not quite sure how they are going to pull AvP off with anywhere near the quality that they've been hyping with teh videos and trailers to date. I mean, sure there are some people that worked on the original on the team, but developing games today is just a little bit different than they were 'back in the day'...

      have to keep a 'wait and see' attitude on this one unfortunately.

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      January 12, 2010 11:01 AM

      im a bit worried as well. Screens are way too high polly and it looks way too good to be true.

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      January 12, 2010 11:14 AM

      The thing is, Rogue Trooper is about the only Rebellion game that showed imagination. The rest of their titles go from either mediocre to garbage.

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        January 12, 2010 12:59 PM

        I haven't played many of their other titles, but it seems many people have and the response is pretty uniform: they're crap.

        Definitely agree about Rogue Trooper, though. It was an unexpected surprise. Not great, but quite playable.

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