The RTS titled Evil Genius has been confirmed to get a full-fledged sequel, Rebellion has announced. Titled Evil Genius 2, the development of the project started this spring so it’s in a fairly early stage of development. According to Rebellion, Evil Genius 2 isn’t a remaster and is a full-fledged sequel that won’t be free-to-play. As of now, the development team’s focus is only on a PC release but the possibility of a console release isn’t ruled out.
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.
Speaking of the sequel, Rebellion’s CEO Jason Kingsley seemed excited and said ever since Evil Genius came under Rebellion roof; the studio knew that Elixir’s beloved real-time simulation deserved a sequel. Rebellion also considered to arrange a crowdfunding campaign for Evil Genius 2 but eventually decided against it.
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.
Developed by Elixir Studios and published by Sierra Entertainment, the original Evil Genius released back in 2004 on PC. Rebellion, known for Sniper Elite series, acquired the rights to the franchise back in 2006.
Rebellion also confirmed that Evil Genius 2 is the first RTS game being developed on its in-house game engine, Asura.