This week Rebellion Developments penned an open letter to fans of Evil Genius, explaining its reasoning behind bringing Evil Genius Online to Facebook and Zynga and also hinting at a sequel for PC gamers.
In the letter Rebellion states Evil Genius players quickly snatched up beta test slots, therefore letting their voices be heard about a possible sequel. Rebellion responded to that feedback by offering some explanation about its Evil Genius plan:
For independent studios like Rebellion to survive it’s important that we look beyond the console, PC and mobile platforms we know so well. Zynga and Facebook are hubs with millions of gamers who can start playing any game in just a couple of clicks. There are almost no barriers. This is why free-to-play is so exciting for both developers and gamers, and yes, it means we can bring Evil Genius to a new audience too.
Rebellion goes on to explain that the differences between its PC version and the Facebook version are that Evil Genius Online doesn’t feature an “energy” mechanic that limits play, nor will it apply pressure to encourage the sale of in-game currency.
In addition to this news–for Evil Genius fans eagerly awaiting the game’s sequel–Rebellion Developments had this to say,
We’ve always wanted to make a fully-featured PC follow-up. We’ve taken concepts for an Evil Genius sequel to publishers before but we weren’t able to secure the funding we needed. However since then, we’ve looked into alternative ways to get this game funded and created. We are going to make this happen. And it’s going to be soon.
Even though the Evil Genius sequel failed to impressed publishers, Rebellion has since then looked into alternative ways to get the game funded and created. Fingers crossed, we may be seeing an Evil Genius 2 KickStarter campaign in the near future.