We were supposed to get access this morning, but there were a few fatal bugs they had to work out. Next was lunch time launch, now a few more bugs. Still waiting to see if the beta will launch by end of day. So no screenshots as of yet 🙂 Stay tuned!
Well no game access yet, but they are saying we will have it Wednesday. Basically the welcome email was just setting up a Facebook developer account, getting accepted to the beta via Facebook and registering on their forums. Screenshots coming tomorrow!
Until then get registered on the forums and start discussing!
Aaron Gomm from Rebellion confirmed yesterday that at this point yes it’s a closed beta. He also mentioned that they will expand and invite more people within the coming weeks.
Many of you may have some friends or family that want to join the closed beta. Unfortunately we can’t add any more players until we are happy everything is working. So we will expand and invite more players within the coming weeks once we are happy things are working as they should be!
Join up on the forums and help us discuss how you think Evil Genius Online should progress and what you want in an Evil Genius 2!
Just received this email a few minutes ago, going to log in and give it a try!
Welcome to the Evil Genius®Online Beta!
With only a few more days until Evil Genius Online is finally open to the lucky few who have closed access to the beta, we need you guys to do a few things to make sure everything goes smoothly!
To start with, we need you to head to here and request access to the Closed Evil Genius Online Facebook page. This will allow us to white list you all at once so you get access to the closed beta on Wednesday! We will then accept your request to join the group so you can chat with other group members impatiently eagerly waiting to play!
Next, we need to you sign up as a Facebook developer. Don’t worry this won’t make any changes to your Facebook account. It will just allow you to access our game in the development stage!
Finally, you can head to the official Evil Genius Online Forums, where you can get further information and help as well as discuss any evil plans with fellow evil geniuses! Signing up is easy, by simply clicking the Facebook Connect button, you can start posting!
Team EGO, Oxford lair.
Just received this from Rebellion. October 23rd is the date!
The closed beta is finally approaching!Minions! Thanks again for showing your support for the Evil Genius Online closed beta!
After a few more weeks more of scheming, our team is almost ready to open the game up to you! On October 23rd* you will be able to build and expand your very own evil lair while helping us develop Evil Genius Online!Look out for an email next week!
Within the next week we will send another email with details on how you will be able to access and play Evil Genius Online as one of our beta testers, and share a link to a new forum.
One more thing…We want to make Evil Genius Online compatible with as many set ups as possible, so we’d like to ask you to fill out the following survey about the browser and hardware you’re using. There are no right or wrong answers so just answer what you can!Yours evily,
Team EGO, Oxford lair.P.S. Here are a couple more screenshots.
We have a forum up, it’s for all Evil Genius related information. Currently we have EG, EG2, and EGO boards. Will expand more as needed.
As per a letter Rebellion responded to the Evil Genius Facebook page there will be a true EG2. Finally some good news. Although until I see it actually released I won’t be getting my hopes up.
Dear Evil Genius 2 Facebook group members and Evil Genius gamers everywhere,
Thank you for taking the time to prepare your open letter on behalf of the community.
We were overwhelmed by the response to the announcement of Evil Genius Online (EGO). Not only were all the closed beta slots taken in less than 24 hours, but we saw the Evil Genius community spring into action. Whether it was through emails, tweets, the online petition, in forums or through your open letter, you made the effort to let us know what Evil Genius means to you as gamers. We wanted to reply to you directly, and although we don’t have time to cover all your questions hopefully this letter will leave you a lot clearer about the future of Evil Genius!
So why did we make Evil Genius Online?
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.
But hasn’t Evil Genius been on Facebook before?
Yes – Evil Genius: WMD – and it wasn’t up to scratch. We know fans and gamers deserved better. Evil Genius Online is a completely different game and we’ve learned some invaluable lessons since then.
Will social mechanics undermine the traditional Evil Genius gameplay?
While EGO will obviously attract a free-to-play audience, we wanted to create an experience that could be enjoyed by many types of gamers, including Evil Genius fans. Crucially the game doesn’t feature an ‘energy’ mechanic which would limit your play time each day. EGO is firmly mission based, with an open ended story that evolves as the gamer progresses. Yes, each mission takes time to complete and objectives can be accelerated with the use of virtual currency (no pressure applied), but gamers can play for as long as they want and completely redesign their lair to their heart’s content at any time. We honestly believe many of you will really enjoy EGO, but we also understand that we’ll still be disappointing some of you too.
So is this the ‘sequel’ that has been rumoured on Twitter?
When Jason – Rebellion’s CEO and co-founder – tweeted earlier in the year about a potential follow up to Evil Genius, he wasn’t talking about Evil Genius Online, which was already in development by a small team here in our Oxford studio.
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.
We’ve been watching the Evil Genius community for some time now, and we’re sorry that we couldn’t tell you earlier about our plans. If anything, your enthusiasm over the last couple of weeks has galvanized our efforts!
In the next few days a key member from our Oxford studio will be in touch. They want to engage with the EG community and get you involved in the first steps we take towards the next Evil Genius game on PC.
Please make them welcome, and don’t be scared to share your ideas!
Yours Forever Evily
The Rebellion team
Just receive my beta invite confirmation for Evil Genius Online today.
You’ve been accepted, Henchman!Thank you for showing your support for the Evil Genius Online closed beta!We wanted to let you know that your registration was successful. Please await another directive in October when we will give you access to your very own underground lair – virtually of course … for now.In the meantime as way of inspiration, one of our minions has prepared a snapshot of an EGO lair in progress below.We intended to make this image self-destruct upon reading, but sadly our tech is not yet up to the task, so there is no way of preventing you sending it to colleagues, minions or rival henchmen.We’d also appreciate it if you would let us know which publication or website you write for – just reply to this email with your details!Yours evily,Team EGO, Oxford lair.