What’s up with Beyond Good and Evil 2?

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In June, on the eve of the premiere Beyond Good & Evil – 20th Anniversary EditionPublisher Ubisoft has announced some surprising news: a sequel to the game, Beyond Good and Evil 2was still in the development phase, the company stated. This was the first official update for the sequel, which had been in the works for 17 years, from 2021.

To show that he is grave about the final delivery Beyond Good and Evil 2 At one point, Ubisoft even included a up-to-date trailer for the sequel in its remaster of the original Beyond Good and Evil. New treasure hunt in anniversary edition “reveals more about the narrative connection to Beyond Good and Evil 2“which demonstrates Ubisoft’s ongoing commitment to the series,” the company said.

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Players quickly figured out this narrative connection. It shows a holographic message to protagonist Jade from Dakini, Jade’s mother and the captain of the pirate spaceship Gad. In addition to the candid recording, Dakini gives Jade a series of artifacts related to characters that will appear in Beyond Good and Evil 2 — prequel to the original game.

The collectible artifacts include a compass from Dakini, a knife from the chimpanzee pirate Knox, a chess piece from engineer Gad Callum, goggles from pilot Yaashan, and a dream catcher from chief medical officer Uma. These characters — all seen in Beyond Good and Evil 22018 Theatrical Trailer – These get extra colorful in a series of multimedia discs that Jade can collect in this 20th Anniversary Edition.

This up-to-date content seems to confirm that Ubisoft intends to stick to the previously revealed cast and setting. Beyond Good and Evil 2which has experienced a series of ups and downs over an absurdly long development period. Regardless of whether the version Beyond Good and Evil 2 Whether it will ultimately turn out to be a sprawling open world that can be played solo and in co-op, as previously promised — or something more modest — remains to be seen.

But as a reminder, here’s how it happened and what Ubisoft said about it Beyond Good and Evil 2 Read a brief history of the game’s development over the last decade and a half.


Beyond Good and Evil 2 It was first mentioned in 2007, when the then game director Michel Ancel announced a sequel in Nintendo Power“I’m currently working on a game that means a lot to me,” Ancel said, “where immersion and the feeling of an incredible journey are at the heart of it.”

Ubisoft has released the first official look at Beyond Good and Evil 2 at the Ubidays ’08 event, announcing the return of characters Jade and Pey’j, but not explicitly calling the game a sequel Beyond Good and EvilUbisoft described the trailer as representative of the graphical fidelity of current-generation consoles: PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

A year after the official reveal of the sequel, it was allegedly a leaked gameplay trailer was posted online by various media outlets. Ubisoft denied that it intentionally leaked the footage, which showed a character — apparently Jade — running through city streets and escaping pursuers by hijacking a supply helicopter. Ancel confirmed the authenticity of the leaked gameplay in an interview with Geoff Keighleyin what seemed to be an ongoing back and forth between the game’s director and its publisher about how to promote Beyond Good and Evil 2.

Over the next decade, the fate Beyond Good and Evil 2 was not clear. Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot and Ancel have said in multiple interviews that the game is still in development, but that other projects (Rayman Legends, Wild) slowed or interrupted its progress. Ubisoft CEO Laurent Detoc seemed more skeptical BG&E2fate, telling Industry players in 2009. “Whether this will come to light remains to be seen.”

Beyond Good and Evil 2 came to the surface in 2016 when Ancel released concept art for the game Instagramreferring to the prequel and saying the game is still in “pre-production.” Later, Ubisoft specified in a Facebook post that BG&E2 was “in development.”

At E3 2017, Ubisoft once again revealed Beyond Good and Evil 2 with a up-to-date cinematic trailer that introduced most of the space pirate’s cast. Ancel and Ubisoft confirmed that the game is a prequel and that players will take on the role of their own creation. They will no longer play Jade. Ancel also confirmed that previous versions of the game shown almost a decade earlier were from a story-driven sequeland that the game has changed significantly over the last decade.

Ancel also showed a 14-minute gameplay demo BG&E2 this year, which he described as “a combination of a technology demo of the engine we call Voyager and the actual game with some gameplay elements.”

The game’s 2017 launch also announced Ubisoft’s Space Monkey program, an initiative that would allow Beyond Good & Evil fans to “create art and music that would be directly integrated into the game.”

In 2018, Ubisoft released a second cinematic trailer that introduced the space pirate crew Reptilians and teased the return of a younger Jade.

In 2021, Ubisoft provided a cursory update on the sequel, stating in its financial report that Beyond Good and Evil 2 development was “progressing well.” However, in 2023, the game suffered a terrible blow; its original director, Emile Morel, he died suddenly at the age of 40. Beyond Good & Evil – 20th Anniversary Edition includes a little tribute to Morel:a bouquet of flowers and a card for an experienced game designer.

Release Beyond Good & Evil – 20th Anniversary Edition and its fresh story ties to the (now) prequel are the strongest commitment we’ve seen from Ubisoft in years that fans will eventually get a up-to-date game in the series. In addition to Jade and Pey’j’s appearances in the animated series Captain Laserhawkthis is the only sign of life from Ubisoft regarding getting BG&E2 over the finish line. But given the publisher’s unwavering dedication to games like For Honor, Rainbow Six Siegeand wastes away Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time remake, there are reasons to believe that Beyond Good and Evil 2 I’ll get here eventually. Someday.

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