Evil Genius 2: World Domination was originally scheduled to launch on PC later this year, but developer Rebellion has decided to delay the evil lair management sim until sometime in the first half of 2021.
Rebellion says in a statement that its team has been successfully working remotely for the past five months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but that the transition has slowed down some of its progress. As a result, the team wants to take extra time to ensure that the game it releases is as polished as can be for fans to enjoy for years to come.
“We want to release 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,” the statement, posted on Twitter, reads. “And while we know many of you will be disappointed to wait a little longer, launching next year affords us time to do exactly that.”
The statement says that Rebellion will be showing more of the game soon, with information about the game’s closed beta still to be shared. A firm release date is also still be discussed and will be communicated at a later date.
Evil Genius 2: World Domination joins a growing string of delays due to the pressures of the pandemic and the rush to meet end of year deadlines. No game is safe, with Microsoft recently delaying its Xbox Series X launch title, Halo Infinite, and Arkane pushing back its new IP, Deathloop, from a holiday 2020 release into the first half of 2021 too.
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