There's a rebellion going on at GOG.com this week as the service has signed a deal with Rebellion to publish some of their older titles on the service. They are starting things off with a Ground Control bundle
(the original game plus the Dark Conspiracy
expansion pack) for $5.99 and Evil Genius
for $9.99. In future weeks they'll be bringing Lords of Magic: Special Edition
, Empire Earth: Gold Edition
and other titles to the services.
Gamers in Upheaval as Rebellion Begins at GOG.com!
Ground Control, Evil Genius, Lords of Magic, Empire Earth and More Coming to DRM-Free Site
Warsaw, Poland – July 9, 2009. GOG.com (http://www.gog.com), the DRM-free digital distribution site that just loves to bring back the hits, is in complete and utter disrepair due to the invasion of numerous classic PC games from UK Super Developer Rebellion. Two games have already seized control of the site: Ground Control + Dark Conspiracy expansion (http://www.gog.com/en/gamecard/ground_control_expansion) for the low price of $5.99 and Evil Genius (http://www.gog.com/en/gamecard/evil_genius) for only $9.99, while other acclaimed titles like Lords of Magic: Special Edition, Empire Earth: Gold Edition and more are almost at the gates, waiting to cause even more unrest amidst the GOG.com community.
Massive Entertainment’s Ground Control was one of 2000’s best strategy games, sporting great 3D graphics, a fulfilling single-player campaign with an excellent story, tactical combat and fast-paced multiplayer matches. Ground Control makes its way to GOG.com with the original title and the Ground Control: Dark Conspiracy add-on.
2004’s Evil Genius took players in a completely different direction, putting them in the role of a diabolical super villain in charge of a 60s-spy-movie-style evil organization. They were tasked with managing their secret compound, assigning tasks to henchmen and fighting off do-gooders with the ultimate goal of – what else – global domination!
Lords of Magic: Special Edition is a turn-based strategy game that transports players to a fantasy world in which Balkoth, the Lord of Death, has set out to destroy all other faiths. Players choose one of the eight warring factions – including Death, Air, Chaos and more – to take into battle, each with its own powerful Lord character and unique set of fantasy units. Lords of Magic: Special Edition includes both the full original Lords of Magic plus the additional Legends of Urak Quest Pack. Also included are a new Lord Editor, 8 new buildings, 17 new monsters and 5 new storylines based on legendary characters.
Empire Earth: Gold Edition, a 3D real-time strategy game from developer Stainless Steel Studios and recipient of GameSpy.com’s PC Game of the Year 2001 award, broke new ground by allowing players to choose from more than 20 civilizations as they battled across epochs ranging from prehistoric times to the not-so-distant future. The Gold Edition includes the extensive Art of Conquest expansion pack, which adds space exploration, new civilizations and much more.
“This deal with Rebellion is really exciting because of the sheer quality of the games it brings to the site,” said Adam Oldakowski, Managing Director of GOG.com. “These titles bring countless hours of top-notch gameplay to GOG.com, and really demonstrate the depth and breadth of the strategy genre – something you’re really only going to find on PC.”
Jason Kingsley, Rebellion CEO and Creative Director said “When the GOG.com opportunity presented itself, we were very impressed with their platform and the reach they could provide in delivering our games to the most customers. That, and the fact they share our enthusiasm for our games, helped seal the deal. I love RTS based games and these titles are very close to my heart and we’re confident GOG.com will provide a fantastic service and get everyone playing our games!”
Ground Control + Dark Conspiracy expansion and Evil Genius are now available at GOG.com, with more titles being added in the coming weeks.
The UK-based computer games super-developer was established in 1992 by brothers Jason and Chris Kingsley. Their first major success was Aliens Vs. PredatorTM, creating game innovations years ahead of their time. As their name suggests, their approach to game production is focused primarily on cross-platform innovation and product quality.
Their purchase of the UK sci-fi comic 2000 AD in 2000 and subsequent motion picture productions has provided valuable in-sight and experience in creating its unique product portfolio.
In 2005, Sniper Elite™ was released with Namco and MC2, securing critical acclaim, global sales success and winning the TIGA Award for ‘Best PC/Console Game 2005’. Lauded as ‘The Gran Turismo of war games' by the gaming press, it has built upon the collection of Rebellion® owned IPs, which includes World War Zero® and the 2000 AD character Rogue Trooper®..
In the summer of 2006, Rebellion® purchased the Core Design studios, responsible for the Lara Croft - Tomb Raider series and Strangelite studios in Liverpool. These acquisitions established the company as one of the biggest and most innovative studios within Europe.
From July to December 2006, Rebellion® won ‘Most Improved Developer’ at the Develop Industry Excellence Awards, was nominated for two BAFTA awards for Best Character and Best Screenplay for Rogue Trooper® and won the TIGA Awards for ‘Best Developer’ and ‘Best Hand-held and console game’ for Miami Vice: The Game.
2007 was Rebellion’s 15th anniversary and saw the company acquire the Awesome Studio from Ignition in March increasing its staff to 280 personnel. 2007 saw the release of the global hits; The Simpsons Game with EA on PlayStation®2 & PSP & Nintendo Wii, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix with EA on PlayStation®PSP, Star Wars: Renegade Squadron with LucasArts on PlayStation®PSP, Aliens Vs. Predator: Requiem with Sierra on PlayStation®PSP and finally Rebellion’s own brand Free Running® with Reef Entertainment on PlayStation®2 & PSP.
2008 saw a move to purpose built studio facilities in Oxford, expanding and enhancing Rebellion’s next-gen capabilities.
In 2009 their next-gen projects: Aliens Vs. Predator with SEGA on PlayStation®3, Xbox 360 & PC and Rogue Warrior with Bethesda on PlayStation®3, Xbox 360 & PC were announced.
With studios situated at four key sites around the UK, Rebellion leads the way in which larger studios conduct AAA projects over multiple sites. This, whilst retaining its core values of creativity, cross-platform innovation, cutting-edge technology and product quality, places Rebellion as one of the leading lights within the global development community.
GOG.com – or Good Old Games – is the ultimate destination for classic PC games. The site offers gamers some of the greatest PC games of all time for a low price and free from copy protection. GOG.com is much more than just another digital distribution site, featuring an extensive community component that allows players to rate, review and discuss their favourite PC games, as well as insightful articles from respected games journalists. Visit www.gog.com and start your journey to the past.