Well, this is a bit agonizing. Over a year after Ubisoft revealed that Beyond Good & Evil 2 was in pre-production, they're still not sure whether they'll actually make the game.
In a discussion with IndustryGamers, Ubisoft North America president Laurent Detoc once again acknowledged they're considering a sequel but haven't made any decisions yet:
"...Beyond Good and Evil, which was leaked, so now people know we're working on a new one. 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 why Ubisoft was pursuing a sequel, given the disappointing sales of the original, Detoc replied:
"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."
You had to figure something was up when the BG&E2 was a complete no-show at this year's E3. If you're a fan of the first game, consider this proof that you need to keep nagging Ubisoft.