THIS IS NOT A DRILL. IT’S REAL. IT’S REAL! BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL 2 IS FINALLY HERE AND IT LOOKS GORGEOUS.
I do not know how long Michael Ancel has wanted to make Beyond Good and Evil 2, but he was certainly emotional in talking about it after it was fully announced at the Ubisoft E3 2017 press briefing. Showing plenty of thanks to Yves Guillemot, CEO of Ubisoft, and the fans who consistently requested it, this felt like one of the more truly happy moments you could see on stage.
It felt like a wash of relief escaped when the title for this project was shown. For those who have been pining this long, it cemented a belief in the creators of video games to deliver beyond our wildest dreams. For those who have been working on it, I can only imagine the amount of relief at the crowd’s reaction.
There are some changes to the proposed version of Beyond Good and Evil 2 many fans wanted and Ancel, himself, showed off before. Narrative designer Gabrielle Shrager, on stage with Ancel, explains Jade does not play a role in the game as this game takes place before she was born. Some will even be disappointed it is not the Switch exclusive it was rumored to be.
This is what Beyond Good and Evil 2 is though. In a nearby solar system, System 3, a multi-ethnic, multicultural human society corporations enslave hybrid animal humans they create for interstellar colonization as they compete for power. The cast of the game is set to fight back to free the hybrids from this subjugation as you travel the solar system from planet to planet.
Beyond Good and Evil 2 has just reached the point of being able to travel through spacetime online by yourself or with friends. As such, they are asking for players to join them in the creative journey through the Space Monkey program at bgegame.com. It is not clear if this is a beta of the main game, but it seems like they will be looking for player feedback as they make the game to make it into something memorable.
Beyond Good and Evil 2 currently has no release date.