Michel Ancel: Beyond Good & Evil 2 is 'possible, but it’d be painful' on current generation

Sequel to 2003 game is still in development; next-gen hardware may require less optimisation.

Rayman creator Michel Ancel has revealed that Beyond Good & Evil 2 is "possible, but it’d be painful" on current-generation consoles, in a recent interview with the Spanish arm of website Gamereactor.

"I think [on current platforms] Beyond Good & Evil 2 was possible, but it'd be painful. It's always possible to do anything on any kind of console, but sometimes you need to spend your energy not on the optimisations or things like that,” he said.

"Now that we have the [new] consoles around the corner, we're working on them. We're trying to see how we can get the power out of those consoles, because there are still things we need to understand on those consoles, but yes, Beyond Good & Evil is a project I always have in mind, and I hope good things will come for this project very soon."

The sequel to the fan-favourite 2003 action-adventure game was first announced by Ancel in 2008, when he confirmed that the project had already been in pre-production for a year. In 2011, HD remastered versions of the original game were released on the Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network as digital downloads.

Last year, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot confirmed that the game was still active, but was coming along slowly because of Ancel’s time commitments on other major franchises, such as Rayman Legends.

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108 comments
cinerius
cinerius

When I was a kid I got stuck at the disk game. I picked it up again recently and had my sweet revenge. 

MN121MN
MN121MN

Emm... maybe that's why you shouldn't put console as the master hope? Maybe work on PC first, especially seeing how the next-gen platform's architecture is as they say, similar to PC, then optimization is not as "painful" as you say.....

hadlee73
hadlee73

Seems like its being built up a heck of a lot considering the first game, while really fun, wasn't *that* great :P

tmthywtsn
tmthywtsn

never going to happen, mutt point article 

edinko
edinko

He is obviously forgetting that there is a platform called pc that outperforms all current or next gen consoles.

Why not make a pc version first and then release a PS4 version when it comes?

Crystall3d
Crystall3d

The first one took 2008 years to make so

i can wait...

NaturallyEvil
NaturallyEvil

Ohhh, I forgot about this.  All this time I was making fun of The Last Guardian for being the new Duke Nukem 4Ever, but I stand corrected.

Pete5506
Pete5506

For the love of god Ubisoft please don't F**k this up.

The original is one of my all time favorite games. 

teh_pwnager
teh_pwnager

Don't worry we can all wait. Meanwhile we will be fed tons and tons of POS worthless Rayman games...but don't worry we can wait. It only has been 10 years, blink of an eye...

voljin1987
voljin1987

fans: we want beyond good abd evil 2

ubisoft: here take rayman 3: rayman returns

square enix: lol just change the name already.. trust us it works

Godsire-
Godsire-

Hope this game actually.........FINALLY......comes out. I loved the first game. 

lifeline81
lifeline81

I just pray that it doesn't take a long time to reach next gen consoles and on the PC. I miss Uncle P! : (

soulless4now
soulless4now

Well if that's the case, I now have time to play the first game. 

Cypress131
Cypress131

This is starting to feel like Duke Nukem Forever, with how the development has been working out.

ikillaman
ikillaman

Ubisoft my $60 dollars is right here for you.

SweetPandaLove
SweetPandaLove

Dear Developers, please realize that cutting edge graphics DO NOT create a cutting edge game.  A great game can be created without the best graphics on the market.  This sounds like an excuse.

ricardo-sene
ricardo-sene

Hold on! This is an official statement, isn't?

BG&E is officialy confirmed for next gen, right?

BiohazardXTREME
BiohazardXTREME

And to think, not long ago, developers were praising the current gen systems about just how much you could do on them. Suddenly 'it's too difficult'.

Apastron
Apastron

I think I'd settle for BG&E2 on the back of a cereal packet.

hyksiu
hyksiu

Yes. Make the game


Homeless-_-
Homeless-_-

As much as I would like to see this game released, I'm getting real tired of news like this, we don't care if it's a possibility, we will care if you tell us it's being developed.

hotdiddykong
hotdiddykong

Yeah you already kind of told us that BEFORE, dont tell me your gonna skip AGAIN


You keep doing that its gonna be Duke Nukem Forever all over again

brxricano
brxricano

IM A-COMIN', JADE! JUMBALIAAAAAAH!

JimmyJumpy
JimmyJumpy

In other words, in 2023 it will be announced that development was stopped.

koospetoors
koospetoors

Make it PC exclusive then if hardware is such a big problem, numbskulls.

Oh wait, 95% of the PC gaming community will pirate it, according to Ubi's accurate statistics, bummer.


kyacat
kyacat

Stop making excuses Ubisoft and Michael how its too painful to make a sequel on current generation console which isn't the case and that in reality you guys just don't want to make a sequel to one of best game cal beyond good and evil and lthat you guys et the fans of Beyond good and Evil down when you guys mention sqeuel to Beyond god and evil even show a teaser to the game and got quiet few fans happy and waiting then bam you guys come with lame cop out and blame it current consoles which is pitty

ZIMdoom
ZIMdoom

Dear Ubisoft.  This is not 2003 anymore.  Since that time you have quickly become one of the biggest name companies out there.  You've made millions on successful franchises like Assassin's Creed.  I'm sure you can throw a bone to BG&E2 to complete the game and put it out.  Otherwise just flat out kill it.  Spending money to make a sequal to an unsuccessful but much loved game isn't a "waste" of money and resources....dragging out development for 10+ years is.

Quezakolt
Quezakolt

Beyond Good and Evil was one hell of a great game. I tend to agree with those who are saying it's getting kind of late for a sequel. No more Duke Nukem Forever k ?

skunknuts
skunknuts

So, they made a great game 10 years ago on the Gamecube, but somehow current gen hardware is unable to handle the sequel. Sure buddy.

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

Sounds pretty lazy to me.  Sorry to sound like a crotchity old man but people use to fight over kilobytes back in the day.  How bad is it really with the current gen?

helldragonzer
helldragonzer

The greatest excuse ever, why don't they just say they don't give a damn about the game anymore, specially since it's been almost 2 full generations, and still no sequel.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

making a sequel now is pointless. The first game was released in 2003 in is 2013 which has been a full 10years. If Beyond Good and Evil 2 were to happen. It would have already. The first game didn't succeed. The concept just is not popular enough to make money. That is why Beyond Good and Evil 2 has never been made.

Race
Race

Long-time fans of the first game know Ubisoft didn't take any responsibility for its failure despite not promoting it virtually at all and for releasing it in the holiday season against AAA titles, including pitting it against one of their own AAA games that was released at the same time.  What I fear now is that if the sequel ever gets made, Ubisoft appears to be setting up in advance to call it a failure by having sat on it for so long.  I wish Ubisoft would either give BG&E2 full support so it can be the best game it can be or just squash the hopes of the fans of the game for good.

Imperiusmax
Imperiusmax

Wow they are takin their own sweet time with this

thegroscon
thegroscon

Its possible guys!! randy pitchford is going to take over this project and make it a complete disaster.. just wait

Phrosnite
Phrosnite

Torturing Jade fans since 2003. MAKE FREAKIN SEQUEL ALREADY!

robbiejones
robbiejones

smart man, wont push it on limited tech but push it out on a newer system with more potential.

modernrow
modernrow

@teh_pwnager I have loved the new rayman origins game and can not wait for the new rayman legends game to come out

rtircoklled
rtircoklled

@Godsire- Same here it is a very good game and I can't wait to see what they do with it

frozenux
frozenux

@koospetoors  lol i can't wait to see the stats for the new consoles though in a couple of years.X86 architechture the Onslaught will be fun ,we will veritably see how pious console gamers are...

dsb333
dsb333

@jinzo9988  

One of my CS instructors had us implement a boot loader in under 1K. That was fun!