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Evil Genius 2's first gameplay trailer is a step by step guide for how to take over the world

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VIDEO: Watch the Evil Genius trailer from the PC Gaming Show above. Also on YouTube (opens in new tab).

It's been almost 16 years since Evil Genius, the base building sim where you basically play Dr. Evil from Austin Powers, first came out. But Rebellion is finally returning to make a sequel, and during the PC Gamer Show we got our first look at actual gameplay, including all kinds of new henchmen, spy-catching traps, and a giant machine I can only assume is a death laser.

For the most part, Evil Genius 2 doesn't look like a major departure from the ideas and features of the original. The trailer, which is set up like a step by step guide to world domination, shows off a lot of what you'd expect: carving out rooms in your underground lair, training henchmen, collecting evil relics—y'know, usual bad guy stuff.

What I do love, though, is the expressive animation and the new special unit types. One is basically Van Pelt, the hunter from the original Jumanji, while another is clearly just Samuel Jackson from Pulp Fiction. Don't get me wrong, though, I dig all the references.

One thing I'd still like to see, as hinted in the original reveal during E3 2019, is how drastically the other evil geniuses you can play will change up the campaign. The good news is that we probably won't have to wait too long to find out because Evil Genius 2 is slated for release later this year. If you want to know more, check out Evil Genius 2's Steam page (opens in new tab).

With over 7 years of experience with in-depth feature reporting, Steven's mission is to chronicle the fascinating ways that games intersect our lives. Whether it's colossal in-game wars in an MMO, or long-haul truckers who turn to games to protect them from the loneliness of the open road, Steven tries to unearth PC gaming's greatest untold stories. His love of PC gaming started extremely early. Without money to spend, he spent an entire day watching the progress bar on a 25mb download of the Heroes of Might and Magic 2 demo that he then played for at least a hundred hours. It was a good demo.