If the countless delays and / or postponements are starting to become the new fashion in the video game industry, we should not too quickly forget the real Arlésiennes, those who browse over many years. That’s pretty good, since it’s been a few months since we told you about Beyond Good & Evil 2!
The last time we got to see the long-awaited sequel filming was at the heart of E3 2018, in other words … ages ago. Or almost. One year after Ubisoft’s official announcement, Beyond Good & Evil 2 It promised to be full of promise, but the road still seemed very long. And as if the development was not already complicated enough like that, the director Michel Ancel bowed out in September 2020, but the producer of the game wanted to be reassuring:
Michel hasn’t been directly involved with Beyond Good & Evil 2 for quite some time now, as the team has worked hard building on the solid foundation he has shaped. We recently took an important internal development milestone, which allows us to provide hours of playtime and incredible levels of freedom in our open world “Space Pirate Fantasy”. I am incredibly proud of the team’s persistence, dedication and continued commitment to developing an amazing game.
This is not the return of the space cowboy
A year and a few stardust later, the situation seems to have changed a lot: according to the information of journalist Tom Henderson, the development of Beyond Good & Evil 2 would indeed be VERY complicated:
Beyond Good & Evil 2 would be in crisis due to a lack of creative vision since the departure of Michel Ancel in September 2020. Worse, the game would no longer be in line with Ubisoft’s objectives. The game would be described by some as “Skull & Bones 2.0”, and some developers believe its cancellation is only a matter of time.
The comparison is indeed not very flattering, since the naval combat game inspired by Assassin’s Creed, in development for eight years, would also be the victim of a lack of clear vision, and would have already cost more than 100 million dollars. euros to Ubisoft.
New firing window
The few messages posted by Henderson on a famous social network, however, allowed him to hear another story. Contacted by a member of the team, he clarified the situation a few hours ago:
Beyond Good & Evil is still in development. “It will take several more years” told me a developer that I was able to contact following my messages.
I have heard a lot about a release in 2024-2025.
Those who do not despair of finding the Jade / Pey’j duo one day can therefore officially continue to believe in it, and to hope, even if the road still seems long, and strewn with pitfalls …
Do you still believe in the sustainability of Beyond Good & Evil 2? What do you expect from the project now? Tell us about your more or less space pirates in the comments below.