Beyond Good & Evil returns

Ubisoft teases long-rumored sequel to Michel Ancel's action adventure game at Ubidays press event.

Earlier this month, Rayman creator Michel Ancel told French magazine JeuxVideo that he'd been in preproduction on a sequel to Beyond Good & Evil for a year, but the project had yet to receive a green light from Ubisoft. That go-ahead has apparently been given. The publisher capped off its Ubidays press event with a teaser trailer for Ancel's next project, and the clip featured the porcine sidekick of the original game, Pey'j.

It's the new-look Pey'j with the same old scar.

In the teaser, a camera swoops down across a desert wasteland until it focuses in on a broken-down hovercar. A woman sits atop the car (presumably Jade, the first game's protagonist), her face obscured by an umbrella. On the other side of the machine, Pey'j rests until he is disturbed by a fly. The man-pig then engages in a tug-of-war of sorts, attempting to inhale the fly through his ample nostrils. Meeting success after a brief struggle, Pey'j mumbles, "Fifty." A few seconds and some more snorting later, he grunts, "Fifty-one."

The teaser gave no details as to platforms or release date. However, as part of the company's earnings report last week, Ubisoft did say that it had a pair of unannounced sequels in existing franchises set for release by the end of March.

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.

That's presumably Jade in the background.

Despite the accolades, the game was lost in a slate of holiday releases already rich in the action and adventure genres, including Ratchet and Clank: Going Commando, Jak II, Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy, I-Ninja, Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, and Ubisoft's own Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. According to the industry-tracking NPD Group, Beyond Good & Evil sold a respectable 271,000 copies at US retailers, although most of those sales came in the wake of drastic price cuts.

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kerc_chaos
kerc_chaos

As gamesradar said, ubisoft should totally market this with the play on lead character Jade and Rayman created by Michel Ancel bit... Jade Raymond anyone =) ... Sigh. EDIT: Maybe model in game Jade's face to real world Jade's face. CREEPY much? Wateva.

Mr_Manga
Mr_Manga

OMG Finally. Ive seriously been dreaming about this xD. The first one is one of my fav games ever. Hope it doesnt take too long before this will be real.

jochemkips
jochemkips

Looks like I'm not the only one being drawn to this game after a December Hotspot... I had completely missed its announcement. Good to hear it got a green light. The first game was great.

ghaste
ghaste

I loved the first one... it had a certain style to it... but will have to wait and see with how they style the looks of this game... but will probably still buy it for the story, which was pretty good

kvan33
kvan33

Cool. But has it been too long? I'd have to go back and play the first one to remember where the story left off.

rubenhb
rubenhb

yeah this IS good news

IceMinx
IceMinx

SQUEE! I'm so excited! I loved the first game and I hope the sequel stays true to it's roots. I want to see video of the actual gameplay! *impatient* I wish it was going to be on the PS2 - even though we have a 360...

martianrobot
martianrobot

Beyond Good & Evil 2? Nothing else matters... a sequel to the one of the best console games ever made could only be bested by David Braben finally getting off his a**e and making Elite IV. Though Super Monkey Ball on the iPhone comes close ;)

X_Sweet_Hunni_X
X_Sweet_Hunni_X

Just as andhyt93 said, the first game of BG&E ws sooooo simple i bet even my little brother could complete it. Hope the next BG&E is good :0)

andhyt93
andhyt93

The first game had an excellent story, but the combat mechanics was too simpel and combat was way too easy, at least for me =) I hope they do something about that in this sequel. Anyway, this is great news! =)

Sparticus1013
Sparticus1013

Awesome...Just awesome. The first is among my favorite games ever. I hope the sequel keeps the feel of the first. And they need to bring back Double H. Now, if I could just get Microsoft to make the first one compatible for the 360 so I don't have to plug in the overgrown brick that is my original Xbox, I'd be set.

fistcuffs
fistcuffs

... *Runs around screaming with joy* The greatest game ever finally gets the sequal it so rightfully deserves.

TwoLines
TwoLines

I can't wait- the first one was great. I was very pissed off at Ubisoft for not making a sequel till now.

Settler87
Settler87

Someone at Ubisoft heard my prayers! It's going to take a long time to wipe this smile from my face :) really I would pay $100 for this game. I played the PC version of the first one and i still remember every moment in the game. My new XBOX 360 will be glad to add this Amazing game to its collection. Hope will be released this Year ... Michel Ancel please HELP US!!! wahooooooooo :D

algernas
algernas

Finally my dream became Truth but still I can`t belive until I play it. Beyond Good & Evil it is from the best game I have seen in my life and I hope we can play it in this year. thank you UBISOFT for this game.

Homedawggydog
Homedawggydog

ABOUT TIME UBISOFT IT ONLY TOOK 5 YEARS WE'VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOREVER

tony2077ca
tony2077ca

i'll preorder the moment i hear a release date

Ra-Devil
Ra-Devil

BG&E was one of the best games I've ever played. I enjoyed it more than the first Halo, I enjoyed it more than Ninja Gaiden, I enjoyed it more than almost any game I've ever played. It was a masterpiece, pure and simple, and the fact that it sold poorly saddened me.... untill I heard it had a sequal comming out!! This is going to be one of those games I camp out for! I mean, I've NEVER camped out for a game! I hope BG&E 2 is as good as the first, becaue I really, really want another story driven adventure title that makes me feel like the world really is a good place.

jimmyboy131
jimmyboy131

Mysterylobster, did you actually play BG&E? O.o I did, but only after hearing that it was under-rated and didn't sell well. Before that I didn't pay one bit of attention to it and knew nothing about it. Anyway, I ended up getting the Xbox version, and I loved every minute of it! Since then I've been eagerly awaiting the announcement of a sequel. Can't wait to play BG&E 2! Hearing this announcement seriously made my day. I don't have either a 360 or a PS3, but I'm going to have to get a 360, if for no other reason than to play this game. (Well, others too, but this is reason enough.)

2w-sephiroth
2w-sephiroth

Yay, the first game was absolutely awsome, I cant wait to see how this gave developes. Hopefully to be highly known game unlike its predecesor.

Mist17
Mist17

I Can't Wait to Play this, I hope it goes to PC as well!!!

dylan545
dylan545

If it's as good as thefirst one, i'll buy it!

naelgilani
naelgilani

Finally they are making a sequal. Its about time. Guess Im gonna have to buy a PS3 or XBOX360 to play it.

6h05tly
6h05tly

I just bought BG&E for my Gamecube just a week ago. I can't wait for this one to come :lol:

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

BG&E was one of the most underated games ever. I cant wait for this!!

Adam_the_Nerd
Adam_the_Nerd

I think i've commented on here twice. BGE 2 FTW

Jshaw71
Jshaw71

interesting preveiw if not a lil' boring preveiw, looks like this game will take place in a desert region? i guess we'll have to wait and see...

Trickst3r
Trickst3r

To Mysterylobster...dude, get better taste in games. Rag on State of Emergency, or something that really blew, rather then a game that wasn't very hyped at all, and turned out to be one of the greatest stand-alone franchises to come our way in years.

simian92
simian92

the first game was amazing, and with the ending. there must be a sequel, i just wonder what took them so long to begin making it

BlueFlameBat
BlueFlameBat

It's almost a given that the game is PC-, PS3- and XBox360-bound, but I hope they make it for Wii too, even if they have to dumb the graphics down a little.

mysterylobster
mysterylobster

It never ceases to amaze me how some games can flop and get sequels, while some big hits never get a follow up. Beyond Good & Evil is a perfect example of a game that gets hyped by the press, then gets rapturous reviews so that they don't look foolish for hyping the game. Gamers, though, are smart enough to know a turkey when they see one and don't buy the game. This is usually followed by the gaming media telling gamers they're stupid for skipping over a game they gave such high marks to. Actually, I call this the "Beyond Good & Evil" effect.

combatsoldier
combatsoldier

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CHRION987
CHRION987

"no wii version...wtf...lol but anyways, looks pretty cool" god the wii has grown so lame so fast im guessing anywhere between 60-70% of there games are massive wastes of $$ WHY THE HE** dont games in stores have there review scores posted clearly on the boxart? if you make a crap a** game, you deserve crap a** sales... as for beyond good and evil, believe it or not i was one of the 3 who bought the original, cant wait to see gameplay vids:) hope they make money on this one

Mr-Silter
Mr-Silter

no wii version...wtf...lol but anyways, looks pretty cool

Taegre
Taegre

And Shenmue 3 shall follow.

frazzle00
frazzle00

I can't wait :D. The best non-Zelda adventure game finally gets the sequel it deserves :D.

scottabc
scottabc

The first was really outstanding, and I dont even really like platformers. I'm glad to see Ubi is ready to make #2 even though the sales werent that good for #1

grizza
grizza

This is great news. I was starting to give up hope that we would ever see BGaE 2 and here it is. Thanks Ubisoft.

ivan_the_one
ivan_the_one

I loved the game. but the ending was kinda strange.....

necronaux
necronaux

The first one was excellent. Hope this one picks up where the last one left off (remember the final cut scene?).

MetalZombieII
MetalZombieII

The first game was awesome in my opinion, in fact I thought it was better than most of the games mentioned as it's competition when it released. I just played through the first one again recently and it's still and amazing game, to bad it didn't do better sales wise. Here's to hoping the sequel is even better than the first.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Loved the first one, so original with lots of different types of gameplay elements. Cant wait for this. Bring it on!

lestat23l
lestat23l

This is a hell ya moment for sure!!!!! This is the best news ive heartd ina long time, i loved the first game.