Rebellion officially announced that they are working on a sequel to the RTS/management simulation known as Evil Genius. They started working on the game this Spring.
Skip to 3:30 for the announcement.
Well it was about time. Rebellion has been sitting on the intellectual property rights for Evil Genius since 2006. The original "real-time mad scientist lair management strategic simulation" as Rebellion describes it, has its gameplay divided between well, a management simulation and whatever mad scientists do these days.
An official announcement made today speaks of a fully-fledged sequel to Elixir’s original. Rebellion is officially being "super-duper clear – this isn’t a remaster". The sequel will not be free-to-play.
The announcement said that Rebellion is now only focused on getting the game out for PC, but they are promising that they will "look at other platforms and see what fits and what doesn't".
The development process on Evil Genius 2 only started this Spring and is now still "at a very, very early stage". The announcement continued, explaining: "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".
Now for my point from the beginning of this article. "Several" years ago, Rebellion was very close to announcing this exact project. The plan was to crowd-fund a new Evil Genius PC game and they did make a couple od steps in that direction.
Why didn't they see it through? The first answer is: "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."
The second answer is, they didn't need to ask money from fans:
"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."