Rebellion has been doing fairly well lately with their run of Sniper Elite titles - well enough that it’s easy to forget that the British company responsible for Lt. Karl Fairburne’s European adventures also holds the rights to make games based on 2000 AD comics.
During E3, VG247’s Kirk McKeand spoke with Rebellion CEO Jason Kingsley, who hinted at some 2000 AD irons being in the fire - but he wouldn’t go into any detail, at least not yet.
The most recognizable 2000 AD property is probably Judge Dredd, which Rebellion adapted into videogame form with the first-person shooter Judge Dredd: Dredd vs. Death back in 2003. And while Dredd - both the character and the universe - is a very natural fit for videogames, 2000 AD has some other interesting properties as well.
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Rebellion announced last year that they were opening up the 2000 AD license to pitches from other developers, and now it seems like they’re almost at the point that they can clue the world at large in on what they have planned.
“We have agreements with a number of different people,” Kingsley told McKeand. “There may be announcements coming in the next few months. That’s very exciting, we have some really cool stuff being worked on.”
So, aside from the strong possibility of a Judge Dredd game, what might Rebellion have in store? There’s Harlem Heroes, one of 2000 AD’s first stories ever, which is about a hyper-violent form of basketball played with jetpacks. Strontium Dog stars a mutant bounty hunter equipped with a massive arsenal of imaginative gadgets. Then there’s Indigo Prime, about an undead, pan-dimensional police force charged with maintaining reality.
Any of these stories from 2000 AD’s back catalog could make for fascinating games, and it’ll be interesting to see where Rebellion head with the license next, and with whom.