The Derby office of UK developer Rebellion is facing liquidation, according to unconfirmed sources quoted at Develop.
‘Numerous’ sources have told the site that the remaining Rebellion Derby staff were today sent home – without their April paycheques. Some of the ex-employees have apparently been at Derby for almost 20 years and are owed “large redundancy packages.”
The staff fear that if the studio is closed by liquidation, these packages will remain unpaid.
Another source, claiming to be the wife of an ex-Rebellion Derby employee, added “Rebellion are claiming ‘financial difficulties’ as the reason for non-payment of wages and redundancy packages … it looks like they will be putting the studio into liquidation in order to get out of paying the packages that they have agreed.”
Rebellion has certainly exhibited financial troubles of late. In addition to Rebellion Derby being effectively closed in March 2010, several staff from developer’s Oxford headquarters were made redundant in the same month.
In February 2010, the co-founder and CEO of Rebellion, Jason Kingsley, confirmed that no buyer had been found for the Derby studio.
We’ve contacted Rebellion about this story and will update you with any response.