Rebellion has announced development for a sequel to 2004 real-time strategy classic Evil Genius.
In an open-letter to fans, Rebellion CEO Jason Kingsley revealed that the studio had only begun development for a long-awaited sequel this Spring with the sole focus on a future PC release. Kingsley also confirmed that Evil Genius 2 would not be a free-to-play title but would definitely not be a remaster.
“Ever since Evil Genius came under the Rebellion roof, we’ve always believed that Elixir’s beloved real-time, lair-management and world-domination simulation deserved a follow-up,” wrote Kingsley. “We’d like to make this super-duper clear – this isn’t a remaster. Evil Genius 2 will be a fully-fledged sequel and it won’t be free-to-play. Our focus currently is on a PC release, but as ever we’ll look at other platforms and see what fits and what doesn’t.”
Rebellion’s original plan was to crowdfund a potential sequel, something the developer will now forgo following the successful release of Zombie Army Trilogy, Battlezone on PSVR and Sniper Elite 3 and 4. “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.”
Development for Evil Genius 2 is currently at a very early stage, with Rebellion not likely to show anything to the fans for a while yet.
Inspired by James Bond and the spy thriller genre, Evil Genius was received well following its release in 2004 for Microsoft Windows Cloud.