Beyond Good & Evil going HD in 2011

Ubisoft announces that high-def rework of acclaimed 2003 action adventure will arrive for XBLA, PSN next year.

Nearly seven years ago, Ubisoft released the stealth-heavy action adventure Beyond Good & Evil for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, and PC. And while fans are eagerly awaiting new details on Beyond Good & Evil 2, which was announced in May 2008, those details didn't come today. Instead, Ubisoft announced that it will be giving the original Beyond Good & Evil an HD face-lift.

Jade is getting a face-lift next year.

Titled Beyond Good & Evil HD, the reboot will arrive for Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network in 2011. According to the publisher, the Beyond Good & Evil redux will feature 1080p graphics, including enhanced character models and upgraded textures, and Ubisoft has also remastered the game's musical score.

The publisher offered less detail on the game's new features, noting only that gamers can unlock achievements and trophies by "discovering new secrets" through an online component.

Released in November of 2003, Beyond Good & Evil won critical acclaim for its mix of traditional action adventure elements with stealth segments, a picture-taking gameplay mechanic, and an engaging story of a young woman pulled into a rebel faction to blow the lid off of an interstellar government conspiracy.

Ubisoft has maintained a high level of secrecy around Beyond Good & Evil 2, which is being helmed by franchise creator Michel Ancel. As part of the game's announcement more than two years ago, Ubisoft released a cinematic teaser trailer, one in which Jade and her man-pig companion Pey'j appeared to be idling away time after their hovercar had broken down in a desert wasteland.

For more information, check out GameSpot's first look at Beyond Good & Evil HD.

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122 comments
wollettl
wollettl

The original game was great and I hope this game does well enough to support a sequel. I'm not going to buy the 'redo' though. I wish these developers would develop faster.

S0LIDUS311
S0LIDUS311

I think I'm going to get this. Was never a fan of rayman though.

Bosmer7
Bosmer7

@digi-demon Thanks for the info.!

shaun_ofda_dead
shaun_ofda_dead

this was the most underreated game of the ps2 era, maybe the last decade. all the the comments about "this game was already in hd on pc, blahblahblah", who cares? not everyone is hardcore into gaming on a pc. this actually provides a chance for a generation of gamers who never even heard of this title to experience what a great game it is. shouldnt that be enough of a reason to rejoice? don't hate on console players because your 3,000 dollar pc played this game at higher resolutions...8 years ago. your pc-nis (ha!) might be bigger than the next guys, but we are all here because we like to game, not because we want to brag about what are machine can do.

digi-demon
digi-demon

@Bosmer7 Thought it was as I have got this game on PS2, but didn't check before posting. BTW, Shadow of the Collossus, original Prince Of Persia: Sands of Time, and Tekken 4 are among a few PS2 games that are Progressive output (480p - 480x640) compatible - NTSC XBOX1 was also 480p compatible when used with the official add-on HDAV pack...

Bosmer7
Bosmer7

@Digi-demon Yes, I have the PS2 version, and there is a HD option in the game menu. Not sure what the res. is , but I can tell you it makes the game look clear on my HDTV. Not fuzzy like other PS2 games. I've not seen that feature on any other last gen. game. BG&E was a game ahead of it's time.

Fungi13
Fungi13

How much do you guys think it's gonna cost?

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

I heard good things too, but never got around to this game. Might just have too now, if the price is right.

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

well.. PC already support ULTRA-HD... & HD Remake = L.A.M.E. :lol:

Darth-Samus
Darth-Samus

Whooooooooooooa hell yeah! This is fantastic news! BG&E is one of the best games I have ever played. The sewuel will be amazing and getting the HD remake is just icing on the cake.I hope MANY more people who never played it get their chance now. This is a win for gamers of the highest degree.

HollowNinja
HollowNinja

I've heard good things about this game. Alright, I'm on board.

KickinIt_ftw
KickinIt_ftw

@SDSkarface "hahah i played this at 1920x1200 6 years ago!! now poor console guys all they get is 1080p.. well more like 720p upscaled but im just saying." This guy is so ****ing cool. ...I just want to shake his hand right now.

shaggydellic
shaggydellic

I've been looking for the original recently but I think I'll just go with this instead. It will probably be around the same price anyway.

Avenger1324
Avenger1324

It's just lazy re-releasing the same game when all people want is a sequel. Besides I played the PC version, which was already "HD"

digi-demon
digi-demon

What? not in 3D? the bounders! (ha-ha-ha only kidding!) :x BTW wasn't the PS2 version (like SOT & Shadow of TC) video 'progressive' (480p) compatible? :?

PixelHunter
PixelHunter

Priced right, I would buy this game again in HD. I played it when it first came out, and was one of my all-time favorites. A remastered release now (in HD) will allow many more people to play what was, and is a great game! With that increased fan base, the sequel we really want is much more likely.

madsnakehhh
madsnakehhh

Never played this game, so this is a good news for me.

weedman1985
weedman1985

Why dig out an old gem and bastardize it with useless HD graphics and crappy modern day innovations? And don't tell me that they are going to keep the game just as it was. They will change some things in it that they didn't like, just as every other company that has ever remade a game.

CheeseRa
CheeseRa

@ SDSkarface except the pc version is horribly buggy and unplayable so its nearly worthless

dynomitemasta
dynomitemasta

This game was a real underrated gem... lot's of fun, very well made, and and the time looked pretty cool.... I remember it came out about the same time as The Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy and POP.... I remember a lot of great games coming out around the same time so this one unfortunately got lost in the shuffle. Can't wait to play it again!

SDSkarface
SDSkarface

to everyone talking about wheres the PC version its already out ..its been out for years..and in HD. Embarrassingly a PC GPU thats 8 generations old will be able to play this in 1080p (tested on a 7800 GTX Nvidia) while console guys gotta wait until next year for a 720p upscaled version GG.

kyacat
kyacat

good news and can't wait to get beyond good and evil in 2011 on psn

Pete5506
Pete5506

Such fantastic news, one of my all time favorite games

Kristmas2
Kristmas2

This game is amazing - if you have a chance to play it - do it - do it now!!!

89456
89456

My favorite video game of all time gets a second chance. I think I love Ubisoft.

Seiki_sands
Seiki_sands

An attempt to build hype for the sequel I hope?

DCUltrapro
DCUltrapro

I loved this game but never got all that far into the story so I cant wait for this and with achievements !!

Tronzo
Tronzo

Never did get a chance to play this one. Guess i'll pick it up.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Wow, that sounds like a hell of a HD face lift. A remastered musical score too. We are getting quite a treat. I never played the original but it definitely might be worth a look this time around.

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

I'll buy this. I played BG&E but I never finished it. It seemed like a good game, though.

x_Xarion_x
x_Xarion_x

It's good they're doing this, but is 2 ever going to come out?

JLCrogue
JLCrogue

I never played that game, but it looks good, so I'm gonna have to buy it when it comes out in HD. I just need to decide which console to download it on... more likely the PS3.

cube-gage
cube-gage

I never played Beyond good and evil but I remember all the gaming magazines I used to read raved about it with very high scores. What put me off was that its just a little bit too french for my tastes, it has that strange french animation atmosphere about it like "Belleville Rendez-Vous". but I think I will give it a try at some point as it must be something special. Heres hoping for shenmue 1 and 2 remakes too.

fattass21
fattass21

i wish they remade tomba :) dont care what people say, that was one of the most fun ps games i ever had the chance to play XD

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

hopefully this will spawn a set of HD remakes from other companies. here's hoping Devil May Cry 1 and 3.

BasilVZero
BasilVZero

Never got the chance to play this game for the PS2, hopefully will get a chance now :)

Wish01
Wish01

I am 100% buying it when it is released. This was such a beautiful game! They rarely make games like these any more. Hope Beyond Good & Evil 2 keeps up with the same tradition and style as the first one when that gets released.

hunter8man
hunter8man

Good to hear, but I want the sequel UbiSoft!

shani_boy101
shani_boy101

Man they are jumping on board with this, I just hope they don't go crazy and start releasing HD version of crappy PS2 games or shovelware.

dangk
dangk

Good for consoles and UBI. But where are the movie and the cartoons? Don't they want to make money?

flyingdutchdog
flyingdutchdog

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yearof3000
yearof3000

Office_Ninja@ XD your avatar made me LMFAO haha...

chang_1910
chang_1910

I don`t need a HD release, still own the original one... glad for those that may enjoy it and of course to those that never got the original one... what I want? the sequel!!! :(

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

I'm so excited about that. One of the favorite games from the last gen going HD. Hopefully this is a sign to hear some new stuff about BG&E 2.

Bigbudd0045
Bigbudd0045

@MERGATROYDER my guess is this is to further stoke interest. Only played through this once, but ill do it again, BG&E in HD, trophies seal the deal.

MERGATROYDER
MERGATROYDER

What happened to the second title? I guess that got scratched. I'll be watching the rehash closely.