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An Update On Evil Genius 2: World Domination

Dear Evil Genius Community,

We hope this finds you and your loved ones safe and well.

Over the last five months or so, Rebellion has been working hard from the safety of our homes. As of now we’re only just beginning to welcome a handful of our staff back into our studios.

It’s been a challenging time. We tried to ensure there wouldn’t be a disturbance to our capacity and plans, but in such unexpected circumstances we’ve had to make some changes.

Today we’re announcing that Evil Genius 2: World Domination will launch in the first half of 2021.

We had originally planned for Evil Genius 2 to launch this year. However, the impact of COVID-19, transitioning from the studio to our homes and adapting to new ways of working all contributed to this difficult decision.

We want to deliver a sequel that will do justice to the franchise and be loved and played by the Evil Genius community for years to come, just like the original. And while we know many of you will be disappointed to wait a little longer, launching next year affords us the time to do precisely that.

One of the things we most prize about Rebellion is our independence, which allows us the freedom to do what’s right for our games and our staff. That’s what we’re doing for Evil Genius 2. We hope you understand our decision.

We’ll announce a final release date as soon as we can. Expect an update sooner rather than later.

Here on the Development Blog, normal service will resume in two weeks’ time. We’re going to be to showing you much, much more of Evil Genius 2 over the coming months, as well as sharing some information on the upcoming closed beta. We can’t wait to see what you think.

Thank you as ever for your support and your trust. 

Chris and Jason Kingsley, Rebellion Co-Founders

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Evil Genius Now Available Free!

Fancy taking over the world without spending a dime? We’re proud to be able to give players around the world free copies of Elixir’s classic world domination sim.

To claim your free Steam copy of the original Evil Genius, all you have to do is click this link and follow the instructions – but act fast, as this offer is only available for a limited time!

With Evil Genius 2: World Domination on the way (more news on that soon), now is the perfect time for an evil history lesson! Build a secret lair, train minions, recruit henchmen and plot to take over the world in one of the most unique and beloved strategy games of all time!

Until next time,

Stay Safe, Stay Sinister!

– The team at Rebellion 

Evil Genius 2: World Domination

The World Is JUST Enough!

Evil Genius 2 is a satirical spy-fi lair builder, where players take control of an Evil Genius and set their plans for world domination in motion. When it feels this good to be bad, the Forces of Justice don’t stand a chance!

Build your own unique evil lair and cover operation, Train a force of criminal minions, Defend your Lair from the Forces of Justice, and Dominate the world with a Doomsday Device in this direct sequel to the 2004 cult classic!

Cruel Constructions!

Every villain needs an island lair, so pick your paradise and put your own sinister stamp on it! Shape the internal structure of your hazardous hideaway to fit your play-style, and construct wonderfully wicked devices for your minions to put to use.

Atrocious Anti-Heroes!

Competence isn’t going to cut it when you’re running an evil operation. As you expand and train your minion workforce, you can create new specialists to help further your evil plans! Need something a little more…intimidating? Recruit powerful Henchmen that complement your play style; every mastermind needs a right hand…or several, in fact!

Dastardly Devices!

The Forces of Justice are annoyingly punctual, so supplement your brute force by researching and developing a series of trap networks! Send those do-gooders spinning with a Pinball Bumper, or put the chomp on them with the Venus Spy-Trap. While one trap is good, more is…evil-er. Combo your traps to banish intruders for good!

Nefarious Plots!

Carry out evil schemes to further your plot to build a Doomsday Device and dominate the world! Sell the British Royal Family, Kidnap the Governor of Maine, and literally BAKE ALASKA. With hundreds of potential objectives, variety is the spice of strife.

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Evil Genius 2 Dominates E3 2019

At E3 2019, Evil Genius 2: World Domination emerged from the shadows, ready to take on the word! Our dastardly plan to impress the press appears to have worked! The ministry of misinformation would like to share the following articles with you;

‘World domination really is within Evil Genius 2’s grasp’ – Metro Online

‘Shaping up to be a perfect sequel for fans’ – Express Online

 ‘Looks to be a fun and satisfying twist on the classic tropes of spy fiction.’ – Gamespot

‘A lot of personality and potential’ – PC Gamer

We also managed to charm our way onto the Gamespot stage, where our henchmen continued to spread the good word…of EVIL.

Following the debut trailer of Evil Genius 2, our henchmen also declassified a special developer commentary video, revealing the secrets of the trailer! Watch it here.

Evil Genius 2: World Domination launches on Steam in 2020.

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Evil Genius 2 trailer: ALL the cunning secrets!

Following the debut trailer for Evil Genius 2: World Domination, the henchmen at Rebellion have been up to further no-goodery! They’ve declassified a special developer commentary video, with the wicked aim of revealing the delicious secrets lurking within the E3 reveal trailer! 

The 13 minute video features Ash Tregay (Producer), Richard Edwards (Lead Designer) and Ian Pestridge (Art Lead). Watch it here, as they dive in to what to expect from the lair-building sequel. 

Evil Genius 2: World Domination launches on Steam in 2020

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Today, a blog post. Next year, Evil Genius 2: World Domination!

We’re devilishly delighted to unveil Evil Genius 2: World Domination, coming to Steam in 2020. Watch the debut trailer, unveiled during the PC Gaming Show!

Evil Genius 2: World Domination is a fully-fledged sequel to the 2004 classic. In this spy-fi lair builder, you take control of an Evil Genius, with your aim nothing less than taking over the world!

Evil Genius 2: World Domination Features;

BUILD YOUR OWN UNIQUE EVIL LAIR

Set up your sprawling base of operations across multiple storeys!

UNDERTAKE HUNDREDS OF DIABOLICAL OBJECTIVES

Sell the British Royal Family! Kidnap the Governor of Maine! Bake Alaska – literally!

AMASS A FORCE OF CRIMINAL MINIONS AND HENCHMEN

Recruit and train all manner of underlings, and send them across the globe to commit delectable criminality in your name!

DEFEND YOUR LAIR FROM THE FORCES OF JUSTICE

Engineer dastardly traps and tactically deploy them to keep those interfering do-gooders from getting in the way!

…and more that we’re keeping under wraps for now! Until the next stage of our plot takes shape, keep an eye on the Evil Genius Twitter and Facebook for more, and don’t forget to join our Discord!

–    The Team At Rebellion

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It’s time to talk about Evil Genius 2!

Evil Genius 2 Island Lair

Dear Evil Genius fans,

*** Evil Edit: We’ve since unveiled Evil Genius 2: World Domination at the PC Gaming Show in 2019. Get all the evil intel here ***

We know you’ve been waiting a long time for this announcement, so we won’t tantalize you any further. As revealed in our new video interview with Rebellion CEO Jason Kingsley (we suggest giving it a watch) we’re thrilled to announce we are now officially working on Evil Genius 2.

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. 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.

THE STATE OF PLAY

Now, before you get too excited and start furiously drawing up your blueprints for a Gravity Disruptor 2.0, development only began this Spring and is still at a very, very early stage. We’re currently fleshing out the tech that will make Evil Genius 2 a reality. This will be the first real-time strategy game built in our in-house engine Asura, after all, so we need to do a little bit of extra work under the hood before we expand the team, nail down gameplay design and go into full production.

WHY NOW?

That said, you may well be asking why it’s taken us a while to get to this point. As some of you may remember, we were very close to announcing this project several years ago. Back then, our plan was to crowd-fund a new Evil Genius PC game and we made a series of steps to launching a campaign.

So why didn’t we go ahead with it? 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 yes, it’s taken us some time to get to this point. But today we are in a position where we can happily say Evil Genius 2 is an actual thing we’re actually coding, designing and er… arting, right now!

WHAT NOW?

Bear with us just a little longer, would-be global criminal masterminds! It might be a while until we can show what we’re working on, but you can make sure you’re in the loop by following us on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube and signing up to our newsletter! As soon as we have more to say, you’ll be the first to know.

Yours evilly,

Rebellion