Concerns as Rebellion are accused of withholding wages
According to Develop, UK-based developer Rebellion has failed to pay wages and redundancy payments to employees of its Derby branch amidst speculation that the studio is about to file for bankruptcy.
The Derby studio closed its doors in March after the company decided to restructure its studio network. The remaining staff were told to clear their desks and they allegedly left without being paid their wages for April.
Employees – some that have worked with the studio for over 20 years – fear they will lose their redundancy payments as the studio is rumoured to be positioning itself for liquidation. This is possible as the Derby branch is said to be listed as a separate company.
The studio is coming to the end of its lease later this year and Develop’s sources cast a shadow of doubt over Rebellion’s ability (or willingness) to pay for the expensive repairs that would be required to return the building to its original state.
“During the redundancy consultation period, we were informed that the Derby office was expensive to upkeep, that the lease doesn’t run out until October and that they are supposed to return the building to its original state, which would be expensive – they knocked down a lot of walls making it open plan.
So that coupled with the fact that Derby is registered as a separate company from Rebellion Oxford, and that the people left over have the most expensive redundancy payouts, has made people think that they will probably file for bankruptcy for Rebellion Derby Ltd.”
The Derby studio was bought by Rebellion in 2006 from SCi, it had previously gone under a different name, Core Design. They were the original team behind Tomb Raider but the studio’s recent efforts, Rogue Warrior and ShellShock 2, have been less influential.
Rebellion have yet to make a statement on the story, but it’s certainly a troubling time for the staff over in Derby.