The original Ubisoft game, Beyond Good and Evil, is the very definition of a cult classic game. Filled with memorable characters, a fantastic world and some quirky gameplay, all of this added up to a game that was a hit with critics and gamers, yet never managed to sell well.
Despite this, Ubisoft was indeed working on a sequel for the game, but decided to halt production on it, leaving any chance of a sequel deader than Mel Gibson’s acting career. Although recently, Ubisoft may have been working on resuscitating the sequel, all along.
Michael Ancel, creator of Beyond Good and Evil, recently spoke at the Toulouse Game Show in France, dropping further hints that the second game is a definite possibility, but that it won’t be officially announced until the development studio is confident that they can deliver on the game.
“We are in an active creation stage and at this moment we are only focusing on the game and making it the best game that we can,” Ancel said. “That decision would just distracts us from that objective. I can say that it’s a very ambitious game and we need some tech to achieve that ambition.”
When asked if the game would have a Mirror’s Edge feel to it, based on a recent target demonstration of what could be, Ancel revealed that the game would be less first-person motion sickness in design, and would instead handle quite similarly to a certain game about assassins.
We had this concept even before Mirror’s Edge launched. And we have a different approach to the first person perspective that Mirror’s Edge has. Prince of Persia and Assassin’s Creed are closer to what we have in mind with the control of the character in a third person perspective.
We use a very dynamic camera that shakes a lot during the action to add life to the camera giving the impression of an action news cover team following Jade. Maybe that could be similar to Mirror’s Edge but the game itself is very different.
Sounds kind of similar to another third-person game with a unique visual style, Kane and Lynch 2: Dog Days. But, if Ancel and co are deep into the development cycle of this game, I know a certain gamer or two who will be squeeing for joy at this news.
As for official confirmation on it, I’d bet my good health that we hear more of Beyond Good and Evil 2 at E3 this year.
Last Updated: May 7, 2012