Search upgrades are an important component of Evil Genius 2, and you literally can't conquer the world without them. Research upgrades range from upgrades to your lair, additional traps to stop the Forces of Justice, and even your plot to build a Doomsday Device. You'll need scientists to start with and a sizable lab.
Recruit scientists and build a lab to research upgrades in Evil Genius 2.
If you plan to take over the world, you'll need the right technology, which is where the research upgrades in Evil Genius 2 come in. To get started, you first need access to the scientists in your base, which can be formed from your general minion pool after completing the side quest and plan to kidnap one. After that, you can create Science Trainers in your Training Room, which your minions will use to transform into Scientists, up to the number you set in the Minion Trainer (“T” by default).
Once you have scientists in your lair, you will need to give them a lab to work in. If you're playing the tutorial, you'll build a basic one shortly after kidnapping your first scientist. To kick off your upgrade quest in Evil Genius 2 Part XNUMX, you'll want to build at least one Whiteboard, Databank, and Impact Analyzer, as different quest nodes will require one of these three. .
You need one scientist per device in your lab, but only for devices used in research. In short, if you're looking for something that requires the whiteboard, you don't need to increase your number of scientists if you only have one. That said, at the start of the game most research upgrades are tied to the whiteboard, so to get a good head start on your research you need to build four of them.
To put it simply: you get a research multiplier for each associated device and the scientist works it. So, for example, if you search for "larger storage arrays" and you have two manned whiteboards, you'll get a 2x multiplier to your search speed. Having four Whiteboards at the start of Evil Genius 2 won't break your bank or eat too much of your available power, and keeping four to six Scientists in your lair at all times won't tax your Minion count.
Start with four whiteboards and move up to two datastores and impact analyzers once you start working on search upgrades that require them (they both take up more space, cost more money, and energy to operate, and are not needed for the majority of the beginning of Evil Genius 2). Do this and you will find yourself well at the head of the Forces of Justice.
Evil Genius 2 is available on March 30 on PC.
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