UK developer Rebellion have announced that they’re working on Evil Genius 2, a follow up to Elixir’s management sim which launched back in 2004.
Rebellion is probably most well known as the developer of the Sniper Elite series, but back in 2006 they picked up the rights to Evil Genius, a game previously published by Sierra. Since then little has happened with the IP, until now.
In an announcement earlier today, Rebellion revealed that they’re working on Evil Genius 2 and that it will be a “fully-fledged sequel”, it also won’t be free-to-play (likely poking fun at EA’s laughable release of Dungeon Keeper on mobile).
Development is underway and it looks like the focus is on a PC release for now, with other platforms being considered to “see what fits and what doesn’t.” Development is also in its early stages as it began back in the Spring.
Now, I previously said that it took a while for Rebellion to do something with the IP, and that was a little porky. Apparently Rebellion planned to crowdfund a new Evil Genius game for PC a few years back, but decided against it.
“So why didn’t we go ahead with it?” Rebellion questioned in a press release. “Firstly, we were in the middle of a big transition into becoming our own publisher and we needed to put resources into the projects that became Zombie Army Trilogy, Battlezone on PSVR and Sniper Elite 3 & 4.”
“Secondly, we decided crowd-funding wasn’t the way we wanted to go. After the growing success of the Sniper Elite series and other Rebellion games IP, we started to feel it wasn’t fair to ask fans to fund a new game if we didn’t need them to! With some big projects now out the door and being enjoyed by gamers worldwide, we feel like now is the time to return to the world of Evil Genius.”
So there you have it, Evil Genius 2 is actually a thing. Now, I wonder if GOG.com has a copy of the original?