Back in February we reported that Rebellion Games was looking to put themselves out there Or, more specifically, their IP. Being key holders of the 2000AD comic book franchise and its characters, they began inviting others to make the games they could not.
Speaking to MCVUK, Rebellion's co-founder Jason Kinglsey expanded upon that strategy in a recent interview. And with a few games already in the works, it sounds as if their plan is going well.
Unlike far bigger comic-book enterprises like DC or Marvel, Rebellion are far more open and accepting when it comes to the diversity of studios invited to approach them for a piece of the pie. “We’re open to approaches from an individual that wants to make a micro game based on a tiny piece of intellectual property, up to somebody who want to take Judge Dredd and make an open world city roaming game.” said Kingsley.
Of course, the 2000 AD universe is a tight-knit universe with a wide-range of characters. Mentioning how Helltrekkers is a bunch of guys taking off in multiple Winnebago through the shared world of Judge Dredd, there's plenty of opportunity for both big and small developers to toy around with Rebellion's characters.
Suggesting there has to be some control over the situation, while Rebellion are open to anyone with a viable track-record in game development to do anything from Triple-A to a mobile based F2P game with its IP, they're looking to ensure the playing field remains even in terms of mixing characters and genres. Essentially, they're looking for a wide-range of both traditional and unusual uses of its characters enough to avoid developers clashing with similar projects.
MCV have handled the situation very well, with the interview touching upon just about every aspect of the Rebellion deal in its early stages. It's a worthwhile read for anyone remotely involved in the 2000 AD world and certain a reason to remain hopeful of the fantastic Dredd movie to be succeeded by a similarly explosive video-game.
Let's remember that one. Please?