Beyond Good & Evil 2 making slow progress

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot confirms long-awaited game remains in development, but Michel Ancel more focused on Rayman Legends.

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Beyond Good & Evil 2 remains in development, but is not longtime Ubisoft developer Michel Ancel's main focus. Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot told Polygon that Ancel is currently busy with a number of projects, and his work on other games, like Rayman Legends, is slowing development on Beyond Good & Evil 2.

"What's very important is that Michel Ancel is kind of doing too many things at the same time," Guillemot said. "He was working on Rayman Origins last year, and he's working a lot on Rayman Legends this year. So, you know, when he does that, he kind of puts too much of his time on the other projects that he has."

Ubisoft and Ancel are committed to bringing Beyond Good & Evil 2 to market, Guillemot said, but the game may not arrive for some time.

"So the fact is, that working on Legends is slowing the process on Beyond Good and Evil 2," Guillemot added. "It's really a game that we've been working, we have worked on, and is a game that we want to do. But there are so many things that have to be done that, you know, this one is going to come in line at one point, but at the moment Michele is really on Rayman Legends."

Beyond Good & Evil 2 is a sequel to Ubisoft's 2003 original action adventure game. It was revealed in 2008 and currently has no release date whatsoever. Concept art for the game leaked last year following comments from Ubisoft producer Wang Xu, who told gamers to "keep the faith" for Beyond Good & Evil 2.

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tgwolf
tgwolf

That's great, I love that statement about being more focused on such a game as 'Rayman Legends'...how embarrassing for BG&E...

theKSMM
theKSMM

Sheesh, I didn't even know that this project was in the pipeline.  Given that it won't be available anytime soon, I almost wish I still didn't know...  :-/

Apastron
Apastron

If Rayman Legends is going to provide a good amount of money to bankroll the BG&E project,  I'll grin and bear it.

GEVDARG
GEVDARG

Well, I hope the game eventually makes it market.  I own the first game.  I bought it on a whim and I was pleasantly, pleasantly surprised with the gameplay, art direction, and story.  Jade is a great character and the opening sequence is exciting and to the point.  I loved taking pictures and the whole photojournalist angle.  Beyond Good and Evil wa below the radarand underrated.

TheGuardian03
TheGuardian03

its funny how people complain about other games like the last guardian taking so long yet this game was announced even before it, and even moving to next gen, either way its good that its going to be on next gen and last guardian should be too.

tightwad34
tightwad34

So, they are making slow progress on a game that was announced or revealed in 2008 and we have barely heard a lick about it? No shit, you don't say, I am shocked there.

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

It will come out eventually, and if it's *anything* like the last game, I'll eat my own head.

People don't want games where you have to think any more.

 

I think that's why they're taking so long with this.  They're trying to find a way to make it even remotely like the last game, while simultaneously trying to rake as much money from it as possible.

They're focusing on Rayman because they know they can just reiterate and make money back on the small development costs.

Elann2008
Elann2008

Sadly, this will be yet another game stuck in development limbo, released with expectations so high that the game will disappoint even if it's good.

edpeterson
edpeterson

Ugh, why focus more on Rayman Legends than Beyond Good and Evil 2? Very stupid move on Ubisoft's part.

Justforvisit
Justforvisit

What the Eff? You're working on RAYMAN rather than on BG&E 2? o_OHech yeah, we fans already just waited almost (and soon it will be) 10 years for a Sequel. I FINALLY wanna know how the story continues!Jeez Ubisoft, having a gem like this and instead working on Rayman is like if you'd be Square-Enix and instead of making a full new FF Installment you're wasting all your time in pointless Spinoffs.....Ohhh...wait.... >_<

sundown19
sundown19

Wow.  Makes me wonder who the PM is at Ubisoft.

PaladinPaterson
PaladinPaterson

Rayman is a good game series, but Beyond Good And Evil is a piece of gaming history!

cheamo
cheamo

The hell with Rayman, how 'bout a sequel to a truly epic game.

Warful
Warful

Choosing Rayman over Beyond Good & Evil 2?That's like picking vegetables instead of a hamburger!It is really just a bad call from Ubi, they should get their priorities straight! 

Pete5506
Pete5506

Any news is better then no news

Even if its nothing new 

drumma1
drumma1

Cmon, has Ubisoft not seen how badly gamers want this game? We've had enough Rayman, Ghost Recon, or whatever else. BG&E was unique and fun. I want that experience again.

altairdarius
altairdarius

Give us Beyond Good and Evil 2, we love Rayman and we have it and waiting for Legends ..thanks a lot. But now we want to play Beyond Good and Evil 2 because it have been a long time since the first one.

advancedcaveman
advancedcaveman

I've lost all hope on this game. If its going to have ugly realistic graphics like this then I don't even want it. 

ShadowOfKratos
ShadowOfKratos

Beyond Good and Evil is a sequel to a 2003 game. Rayman Legends is a sequel to a.... wait didn't we get a Rayman this year already?

hadlee73
hadlee73

This article was like an episode of Seinfeld. It was about nothing :P

juboner
juboner

is the original really that good thinking about playing on 360?

HailHellfire
HailHellfire

i dont mind waiting..im patient...

as long as it isnt being scraped & is being refined to be the best game possible, then i am completely okay with waiting longer...

cyberarmy
cyberarmy

Beyond Good & Evil 2 making slow progress....

 

YOU DONT SAY!

TheCyborgNinja
TheCyborgNinja

The game is actually done, it's the convoluted, slap-in-the-face DRM process that Ubisoft spends most of their time coding. (Pirates always find a way, and this stuff only harms legitimate buyers. Ubisoft refuses to see the reality of this, or just doesn't care.) 

benleslie5
benleslie5

I've been waiting since 2005 for Beyond Good and Evil 2, is this how you treat its hardcore fans?

jerrysnook
jerrysnook

I look forward to the BG&E Kickstarter project in 2016. :)

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

We have waited long enough. We can wait some more. Just make it fantastic! I am really looking forward to seeing where they go with this game. The first was quite good but I played the HD version on PSN so naturally it felt a little dated, but I can see that it would have been something special at the time.

saleama
saleama

There are very few games I buy new on the release date...most of them are original ip's and not sequals. The exception to those would be this game, Mirror's Edge 2 and anything in the Abe universe...and yet, we see nothing good on the pipe concerning any of these. What are they waiting for? Soon, everyone will forget these franchises and the sales will deminish. Any of these games would sell really well if they hurry up and release them.

liffaman
liffaman

Better take a while to make a good game than make it fast and lame like the last moh and black ops 2 ! 

feared4power
feared4power

Gonna be like duke nukem. When it comes out its gonna suck.

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

I think this game has been in progress longer than I have been alive

Peyj
Peyj

Here's an idea: STOP MAKING RAYMAN GAMES!  Legends will do for now!

hellangel_boy
hellangel_boy

Never played Rayman, I just wish I can see Beyond Good and Evil 2 before I die. 

Homeless-_-
Homeless-_-

Yeah no, stop necroing this game, as much as I would like to see it released I would much rather like no news, then news like this. "We want to do this game, but there is just so much to do, so we can't do it right now, but we will, eventually. Really.

Renunciation
Renunciation

They'll release Beyond Good & Evil 2 just in time to compete with The Last Guardian's release.

1nitram2
1nitram2

I think he should focus 100% on Beyond Good & Evil 2 for the moment and finish it before the game is totally dead in peoples mind. Same as Valve with Half-life 3, there is such a thing as waiting to long!

SolidTy
SolidTy

Michel Ancel never lets me down, so I'm okay with however long he takes. The guy is amazing.

Rocker6
Rocker6

Slow progress is better than no progress. Hoping to hear more info about this later on, as I loved the original game... :)

Deadly_Nemesis
Deadly_Nemesis

I call BS on this.

More like Beyond Good & Evil 2 making NO progress

LairBob
LairBob

@edpeterson Simple -- money. The Rayman franchise generates a whole lot more revenue than BG&E 1 ever did, or BG&E 2 ever will. (Not that that's _right_...that's just _why_.)

This whole article reads like Ancel being publicly put in his place by Guillemot. "OK, everyone -- just to be clear, Michel's going to stop wasting all his time on his pet art project that thousands of people want, and get back to work on the projects that millions of people are going to buy."

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

 @PaladinPaterson 

Not to argue but Rayman is basically Ubisoft's mascot and a bigger part of gaming history than Beyond Good and Evil (which I would very much like to see this game finished soon). 

Zepthire95
Zepthire95

 @Strider8009 If you like the original or haven't played it, definitely, it's a great game. 

Warful
Warful

 @juboner Imo yes, it has this beautiful atmosphere, some loveable characters, and also that special feeling where, when you know everything is about to wrap up to an end, you really don't want to leave!It is just a great game!

LilSpeedy1987
LilSpeedy1987

@saleama they are remaking abes oddessy, its been in official xbox magazine and this is an exerpt from wikipedia "

On January 31, 2011, Oddworld Inhabitants announced that a HD remake of Abe's Oddysee is being developed by UK studio Just Add Water. The remake was described by series creator Lorne Lanning as "basically Abe's Oddysee being redone in a 3D physics engine as a 2D side-scrolling platformer," stating the developers "are not trying to reinvent any wheels." Later in 2011, Oddworld Inhabitants have confirmed that JAW will develop a new Oddworld game, by then titled Abe HD.[47] On June 5, 2012, Oddworld Inhabitants announced that Abe's Oddysee will get rebooted during the summer of 2013, with a public showing later in the year.[48] Later that day, it was confirmed that the game will be a remake of the original PlayStation title, started from scratch with 2D gameplay and 3D graphics, using the original as a blueprint.

 

In August 2012, Oddworld Inhabitants announced a competition where the public could submit a title name for the remake that emphasises the game's introduction to the 2.5D/HD world. The winner was to be announced in a big reveal in September and to have their name immortalised in the game's credits.[50] The pre-alpha version of the game was first shown at the Eurogamer Expo on September 30, titled Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee - New 'N' Tasty. The game is slated for a release during the autumn of 2013 for PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, PC and Xbox 360".

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oddworld:_Abe's_Oddysee

bielzabob
bielzabob

 @Peyj yeeah, I'm really sick of bloody Rayman, he got very old, very fast for me.

Peyj
Peyj

 @Homeless-_- He's turning into Peter Molyneux, for christ's sake.