Waiting for Beyond Good & Evil 2? You’ll be waiting a while.

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Nooooooooooo! According to Ubisoft’s Michel Ancel, the sequel to beyond Good & Evil won’t be hitting current consoles at all, and will instead be destined to grace next-generation consoles. The reason, says Ancel in an interview with GamesRadar, is the game’s incredible scope.

“The first Beyond Good & Evil, when I sent the technical document to Sony, it was the time of the Emotion Engine on the PlayStation 2,” he said. “We had the feeling that we could do whatever we wanted. We sent them the document, it was about planets, going from planet to planet, towns to towns and all these things. But in the end, what we were really about to do was far less than what we wanted.”

“And of course, the scope of Beyond Good & Evil is large – you’ve got the city, the ocean, the moon and the space ship. But the space ship was designed to go from planet to planet, and it was frustrating to have those limitations.And my thing is that we really want to make the game that was previously imagined, with all this feeling of traveling. Mass Effect did a good job on that side, and I think that there are a lot of things to do to continue in that direction, with storytelling and a massive world.”

When the teaser for Beyond Good & Evil 2 was first shown all the way back in 2008, I ran around like a giddy meth abuser whose head was on fire, but it looks like we won’t see the thing until at least 2014. My disappointment, you’ll understand, is monumental – but if BG&E2 ends up being a better game for it, I can’t really complain. Much.

Last Updated: September 30, 2011

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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