Aliens vs Predator developers Rebellion have been picking through the remains of Vivendi’s old portfolio of intellectual property, discarded amidst the company’s merger with Activision, and have found a number of bargains.
Among the unwanted, unloved IPs now obtained by the British developers (and 2000AD comics owners) are Ground Control, Evil Genius, Empire Earth, Lords of the Realm and Lords of Magic.
There’s promise in most of those, especially the first three, all of which were underrated strategy games that have decent brand awareness. Which is good for Rebellion, as they didn’t pick the rights up to stash them in a corner, with CEO Jason Kingsley saying “We have complete ownership of the IP from the past and going forwards, so yes we’re putting our plans together for new titles in each series. Exactly what and when is currently up for discussion.”
Hopefully those discussions are revolving around a new Evil Genius game, this time called “Mad Scientist”.