Philip Oliver and Andrew Oliver – co-founders of Radiant Worlds, which is now known as Rebellion Warwick – are departing Rebellion to set up their own video game consultancy business. The brothers finish at the independent UK developer and publisher on February 15th, 2019.
Philip and Andrew Oliver founded the studio with Richard Smithies in 2013 and oversaw the transition when it was bought out by Rebellion in January 2018. Rebranded as Rebellion Warwick, the studio contributed to the development and publishing of titles such as Arca’s Path VR, Strange Brigade, and Evil Genius 2.
"Philip and Andrew’s remit was to help with what would be a challenging time of transition for their studio," said Rebellion CEO and co-founder Jason Kingsley OBE. "We are grateful for the assistance they provided and the work they did at Rebellion Warwick. With their huge experience, we’re excited to see their consultancy business grow."
"We’re delighted with what the Rebellion Warwick team has achieved over the last year, and we are confident they’ll continue to flourish," said Philip Oliver, "But we’re both looking forward to this next chapter and we’re excited to get started."
Philip and Andrew Oliver will share more information about their upcoming venture in the coming weeks.
Rebellion co-founder and CTO Chris Kingsley has received an OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s 2019 New Year’s Honours List. Kingsley – who also chairs TIGA’s Education Committee and the Games Council at ScreenSkills – joins his brother, Jason, Rebellion’s other co-founder, who received his OBE in 2012.
Rebellion also recently purchased a $100m, 220,000 square-foot facility near its Oxford base to transform into a film studio. The site of an old printing press will be able to "accommodate productions from TV drama to large-scale Hollywood productions" and is Rebellion’s second film studio alongside its own motion-capture company, Audiomotion, reportedly Europe’s largest performance capture stage.
It also recently acquired Yorkshire-based TickTock Games. TickTock Games – which was founded by Arden Aspinall, Jonathan Wright and Paul Kelly in 2007 – have worked with Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft, Nvidia and BBC Worldwide, and recently worked with Rebellion on Rogue Trooper Redux and the Nintendo Switch version of Battlezone Gold Edition.