Beyond Good and Evil

The action-adventure game Beyond Good and Evil has become a staple go-to franchise whenever people ask about sequels. "When will this game get a sequel?" is asked every year by core gamers. Well, Ubisoft has explained during this year's E3 that Beyond Good and Evil 2 is still happening.

IGN picked out some choice quotes from Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot, who explained in one of the E3 live-streams that Beyond Good and Evil 2 is still happening... just slowly.

Guillmot stated...

It's still on the way, [...] It's something at one point you will see, yes.

Michel [Ancel] is working on it, but he's doing two games at the same time, he's doing Wild at the same time. It's coming along, but he has to spend more time on it so we can see it faster.

Ancel was responsible for the original Beyond Good and Evil, along with working on games like Rayman Origins, Rayman Legends and even headed up development on a video game version of Peter Jackson's big screen rendition of King Kong.

Ancel is currently working with a dedicated team on Beyond Good and Evil 2, but they're also working on what Guillemot mentions in the quote... a game called Wild.

The latter title is a prehistoric survival game, possibly not unlike what Far Cry: Primal was. However, based on the small team working on the game, it's likely that Wild will be closer to indie survival games like The Forest or Rust as opposed to Ubisoft's latest Far Cry outing.

But the real story here is that Beyond Good and Evil 2 is still in the works, despite the game seemingly being in development hell for what seems like ages. The original came out back at the end of 2003 and was then re-released in HD for the Xbox 360 and PS3 in 2011. The sequel was announced back in 2008.

Fans of the game have been begging Ubisoft for a sequel for ages. However, the company has been reticent in committing fully to a sequel, citing an issue with sales being rather poor for the first game. A thread over on the Ubisoft forums from back in 2004 had a breakdown of some of the sales figures of Ubisoft games, and they showed that across the GameCube, the OG Xbox and the PS2, during the month of June in 2004, Beyond Good and Evil only moved 6294 copies. If those figures were representative of month-to-month sales for the game across all three platforms, then that's not very good, especially considering that during that same time frame games like Rainbow Six 3 were moving 18,000 copies a month on the PS2 alone.

On the PC side of things, Beyond Good and Evil has a much better record, with the game having accrued more than 200,000 copies being sold since its debut on Steam in 2008, according to Steam Spy.

I'm sure Ubisoft will need to have a very serious marketing strategy on hand this time around for the sequel and a laser-targeted focus on the target demographic. Beyond Good and Evil 2 is scheduled to release at some point in the future for the PS4, Xbox One and PC.

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