Epic Games and J.J. Abrams Project Spyjinx Gets Beta Release Date

High-profile mobile game collaboration Spyjinx finally gets a limited beta.

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Spyjinx, a collaboration between Epic Games and J.J. Abrams’ production company Bad Robot Entertainment, is finally set to receive a limited beta.

If this is the first time that you’re hearing about Spyjinx, don’t be too surprised. Spyjinx is a mobile title that combines elements of strategy, action, role-playing, and competitive multiplayer. It sees you become a criminal mastermind (basically a supervillain) and compete against other master criminals in order to become the biggest bad of all them all.

The whole thing has kind of an Evil Genius vibe to it (it’s also been compared to something like Clash of Clans), which would certainly be much more interesting were it not for the fact that we learned last year that a proper Evil Genius sequel is in development. Then again, Spyjinx is quite a bit older than that.

The game was first revealed years ago in 2015 with the vague promise that it would be released the next year. Obviously, that didn’t happen, and the game has been dormant for quite some time since then.

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Now, though, a blog post reveals that Spyjinx will enter a limited iOS beta in Malaysia and also soon in Australia. As this is a beta, the developers warn everyone that there will be some bugs and other problems that they hope users will report on as they test the experience.

If you happen to be in one of the areas currently scheduled for limited beta testing, you can download it starting now or just sign-up to be notified whenever it will be available in your region. There’s currently no word on if or when the game will be made available for Android users. There’s also no word on a global release date or when this beta will be expanded to other countries.

As you’ve probably already gathered, all of this is a bit odd. We’re five years beyond this game’s announcement, and we’re 4 years past its originally intended release date. Now, we learn that the game is entering a very limited beta in very specific regions which typically aren’t the testing grounds for such potentially notable releases.

What we’re saying is that there are a lot of potential red flags surrounding this project. The premise is interesting, and we actually always root for any mobile game that tries to bring something substantial and interesting to that format, but we’ll need to wait and see how this one plays out.