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Rebellion to close Derby studio?

Staff being consulted as developer focuses on Oxford and Runcorn locations

Aliens Vs Predator developer Rebellion has said it is reviewing the need for its Derby studio as it continues to grow its offices in Oxford and Runcorn.

CEO Jason Kingsley described the process as "painful", and staff in Derby are currently being consulted about their future. GamesIndustry.biz understands that a number of staff have already been made redundant - although the company denies that posts have yet been cut as that consultation continues.

"Growth is sometimes painful, never more so than in the current climate and we have had to take a long hard look at how we operate our studio network," said Kingsley in a statement. "Strategically we have decided to review the need for the Derby facilities, and consultation with staff at Derby is ongoing."

"No-one has been made redundant by Rebellion in more than a decade, and the Derby studio is very much still open while we conduct the review. We are currently undergoing a process of consultancy with our staff to get their ideas, and establish the best possible future for the Derby studio."

The Derby studio, originally the Core Design team responsible for Eidos' Tomb Raider games, was acquired in 2006. The lease for the building is also coming to an end, and Rebellion has said that it intends to make further announcements on the studio in the coming weeks.

Rebellion's Oxford studio is currently working on Aliens vs Predator for publishing partner SEGA.

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Latest comments (3)

Alex Wright-Manning Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist, Datascope6 years ago
Such sad news if this happens; so much industry history at this studio. Good luck to all involved, I really hope that everyone affected can find opportunities elsewhere. Just don't all bugger off to Canada guys! ;)
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Fran Mulhern , Recruit3D6 years ago
Alex, haven't you moved jobs? You need to update your profile!

Best of luck to all the chaps - bearing in mind one of the things prompting this is the lease expiry, I'd like to think you'll all be fine.

Matt, just noticed your bit about people having already been made redundant - I think you'll be mistaken there. I hear it's the consultation period right now, so no redundancies just yet - which would be the correct procedure anyway. Plus, the collective media seemed to think the Razorworks consultation back in 2008 meant redundancies and yet those chaps ended up alright - fingers crossed it'll be the same here.
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Alex Wright-Manning Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist, Datascope6 years ago
I have fella; still waiting on the GamesIndustry.biz database monkeys to update my profile! Hint, hint...

I also heard it's all still in consultancy phase, so with any luck they'll all be alright.
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