The game was initially revealed back in 2015 and was set for a 2016 release. Spyjinx missed that target and we hadn’t heard much about the project until now, with the game receiving a surprise development update. The Spyjinx game overview goes into more detail about what kind of game this is – first off, it’s a mobile title framed in a “secret world of espionage, thrilling heists, and crazy gadgets.”
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As for genre, Spyjinx is referred to as a “mix of action-strategy gameplay, RPG character development, and head-to-head multiplayer.”
The images tease an experience similar to games like Clash of Clans, with mention of “taking down rival bases” as you forge your career as a spy mastermind. You can customize your base to “stop other Mastermind’s agents from stealing what you rightfully stole.”
In doing so you’ll build up a squad of agents including hackers, brawlers and other specialities, equipping them with gadgets and sending them on infiltration missions. It appears Epic has been teasing Spyjinx in plain sight, as the base shown on the new game’s website is identical to The Shark, the Agency base from Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2.
You can check out the full beta test announcement blog here, which talks about how the game will launch into closed beta in Malaysia and later Australia on iOS. You can sign up to learn when Spyjinx is coming to your region using a link in the blogpost above.
This isn’t the first time J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot have collaborated with a video game developer. You may remember the Super 8 Interactive Teaser that was added to Portal 2 as a piece of promotional bonus content, created by Valve. J.J. Abrams also spoke at DICE in 2013 and announced a partnership of sorts with Gabe Newell to work on movies related to Valve’s intellectual properties, though that seemingly never came to fruition.