Happily Ever After: Rebellion Buy Woolfe

Whoo yeah, October 22nd! This means… Wombat Day? Yeah, it’s Wombat Day! And, you, ah, you know what’s like a wombat? It’s a wolf. Right? Kinda. I mean. They’re both mammals. Greyish. Got legs. Basically the same. This works. Happy Wombat Day!

Sniper Elite developers Rebellion have made a furry friend of their own, announcing that they’ve bought up Woolfe – The Red Hood Diaries [official site]. Its developers Grin (different to the Bionic Commando Grin) folded in August after the genericly ‘twisted’ platformer reimagining of Little Red Riding Hood sold poorly, but apparently Rebellion see something in it. They’ll fulfil overdue Kickstarter rewards too.

It’s a curious pickup. Woolfe is a fairly typical ‘grim’ and ‘bloody’ reimagining, with Little Red running and jumping around a steampunk world swinging an axe. You know, like American McGee’s Alice, or the t-shirts you’ll see on teenagers hanging round the benches outside WHSmith. Everyone’s free to have their own gritty take on ancient fairy tales too, and Woolfe’s reception was lukewarm enough that it doesn’t have the best name recognition, so I don’t really get it. I assume it was cheap.

Rebellion explain that they’ll be sending out Woolfe’s unfulfilled Kickstarter backer rewards – posters, art books, boxed games, and so on. They also say:

“Aside from developing our own IP, Rebellion occasionally acquires unique and exciting projects from other developers, and we like to think we have one of the most diverse games portfolios out there.

“Interestingly, our book imprints have published quite a few dark and twisted retellings of classic tales, and so Woolfe’s gorgeous, twisted take on Red Riding Hood immediately caught our interest when we heard it was up for sale.”

Presumably they have a plan. They do mention that the purchase included assets for a Woolfe sequel, but they’re not sure what they’ll do with them:

“At this stage, we’ve not had time to dig into all the game’s assets and code to properly assess what we have. Taking a game originally designed for Unreal Engine 3 and making it work in Rebellion’s own Asura engine is a huge task, and one we can’t take lightly!”

Curiouser and curiouser!

11 Comments

  1. MiniMatt says:

    Happy Wombat Day, Alice.

  2. Spacewalk says:

    My uncle once hit a wombat with his car.

    Happy Wombat Day.

  3. MuscleHorse says:

    Somewhat disappointed that in all the BttF Day excitement that everyone forgot it was the fifth annual International Fisting Day.

  4. LionsPhil says:

    “unique and exciting projects from other developers”

    So why on Earth would you go after not only a generic gritty fairytale adaptation, but one of the most overdone fairytales to adapt in this way?

    • mattevansc3 says:

      Is that an actual term? If not can we start using “Generic Gritty” as the official term for these type of reimaginings?

      I do like gritty reimaginings of fairy tales (most are quite gritty anyway) but they’ve got to be clever. Jin Roh: The Wolf Brigade being a notable example of it fobe right.

  5. XxBrentos9xX says:

    It’s my personal opinion, but I would have thought it a good idea to maybe throw up the 2014 E3 trailer on here.

  6. Cederic says:

    I like Rebellion. Say what you like about bullet cam, the Sniper Elite games are very much focussed on being fun to play. There’s a lot of excellent game design in there.