Universal Soldier II: Brothers in Arms was released in 1988. This film did not appear in movie theaters but went directly to video. In this feature, the CIA uses a group of mercenaries to secure another group of Universal Soldiers to use them in a diamond smuggling operation. Universal Soldier II is not considered a part of the original Universal Soldier franchise. The direct-to-video version supposed to have been turned into a miniseries at the time but this did not occur.