In an odd turn of events, it appears that the release of beyond Good and Evil 2 is now in jeopardy.
We’ve been talking about Beyond Good and Evil 2 for well over a year now, with Michael Ancel, creative lead on the project, revealing in May of last year that the sequel was being worked on by a small team. The reason for the small team was that Ubisoft had yet to give the game the red light.
Later that month, Ubisoft confirmed that the game was in development at UbiDays in Paris. A red light for the project was therefore presumed.
We again heard from Ancel in April 2009, where we heard that Beyond Good and Evil 2 would be bigger and more immersive than the first game; surely confirming that the sequel would be released. The only doubt was that full production had yet to have begun, since the team was still head deep in working on the technical side. However, that didn’t stop them from releasing a teaser trailer.
Now Laurent Detoc, Ubisoft’s North American president, has come out to say that the game might not even be released due to the risks around new IPs, citing Assassin’s Creed as the exception:
“Yes, that [Assassin’s Creed] worked out, but it doesn’t work out every time, and sometimes you come back to an IP that didn’t work because you still think it could have – like Beyond Good and Evil, which was leaked, so now people know we’re working on a new one,” Detoc told IndustryGamers.
“Whether or not it comes out remains to be seen anyway, but we didn’t want to abandon that IP because it has a cache and authenticity about it. There’s something very pure about that game and it’s too bad that we were not able to build it as an IP at the time.”
When asked specifically about Beyond Good and Evil 2, Detoc denied that the game had even been confirmed:
“Well, I didn’t say there’s definitely going to be another game. I said something had leaked, which means we’ve been working on some Beyond Good and Evil stuff, but whether there’s going to be another game or not, that’s something for the future.
“But getting to your question as to why there’s work on the IP again, it’s a creative people business; the creative talent is interested in it and possibly exploring how to do it from a new angle,” he added.
Hopefully this is a bluff and Ubisoft is continuing to move forward with Beyond Good and Evil 2. You can watch the game’s teaser trailer here, with presumed internal test footage here.