Ubisoft talks Beyond Good & Evil 2

Director Michel Ancel says it was "too challenging" to bring game to current generation; Ubisoft will "try again" now that Xbox One, PlayStation 4 are on the horizon.

Beyond Good & Evil director Michel Ancel has spoken out to discuss the long-in-development sequel, Beyond Good & Evil 2. In an interview with IGN, the designer said Ubisoft's ambition for the sequel was too grand for current-generation consoles.

"I think we were doing something too big for this period," Ancel said. "Honestly, it was too challenging to put that on [current] consoles. I don't say the consoles were not good enough, I don’t say the team was not good enough, but you have to scale what you want to do and the console itself."

Now that new consoles, namely the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, are on the horizon, Ancel explained that Ubisoft is willing to try again.

"I think now with those new consoles arriving, yes, we want to try again making that game," Ancel said. "I would say it's surprising, as we want it to be. Not just a sequel, but something that really makes all the ideas that we had for the first one possible now with these consoles."

Ancel's vision for Beyond Good & Evil 2 is beyond just "bigger," and more about giving the player freedom to explore that world as they see fit, he said.

"My feeling is that you want to investigate with your own way of investigating. I like the freedom of choosing your vehicles, flying away with the spaceship, and all those things. It was in Beyond Good & Evil 1 but it was not as much as we wanted."

The sequel to the fan-favorite 2003 action adventure game was first announced by Ancel in 2008, when he confirmed that the project had already been in preproduction for a year.

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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163 comments
justerthought
justerthought

Why is it a cop out. The guy had ambitious ideas that he did not want to compromise. They realised it would be trimmed on PS3 so he opted to shelve the project and wait for better hardware. Regarding Rayman, he is employed by his bosses. They tell him what to work on. All he can do is wait until the right moment and then suggest to his bosses that now is the right time to make the game. They decide not him.

Reading some of the comments indicate you guys have no idea what it's like in the real world. Your just brainlessly focussed on trashing him out of pure ignorance. You have no idea what scope he has in mind so you are not qualified to judge it as a cop. This guys an artist and extremely creative. Show some respect.

Drkr_Zen
Drkr_Zen

"Too challenging?" I have to agree... cop out. 

Mainly because all I remember was Ancel announcing that buying BG&E HD would help support BG&E2. Then Rayman 3 HD came out, which purchasing would also support BG&E2... then Rayman Origins came out, then Rayman Legends is on its way. 

I'm detecting a pattern.

Jshaw71
Jshaw71

Sounds like a cop out if you ask me, Hopefully we'll see this on the ps4, if not, Oh well...

madsnakehhh
madsnakehhh

I hope this doesn't mean it will take Duke Nuken Forever's route.

CptMorgan21
CptMorgan21

too challenging.  WTF.  Why?  I guess the 8 years of great games this generation were all luck

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Ancel needs to stop focusing so much on Rayman and get this out!

The_Godfather_
The_Godfather_

Ubisoft, please bring this game ASAP before I or Ancel die.

Apastron
Apastron

Can't wait for Beyond Good and Evil 3.  My great-grandchildren will just love it.

Gegglington
Gegglington

Beyond Good & Evil was a diamond encrusted turd among other games at the time it came out that and phsyconauts

Ibra8
Ibra8

this guy is too much

Arsonaire
Arsonaire

We can only hope this wasn't completely to simply to create noise for Rayman. Please make it happen already... Planet tourism with jade? Please make it happen already... :'(

XUFF
XUFF

Yeah right!

wearelegion5000
wearelegion5000

"too challenging" is a polite way of saying that current gen consoles suck balls. Next gen will also suck balls in 2-3 years time. And I wouldn't mind if it didn't affect PC games, but it will, sadly.

Dudersaper
Dudersaper

Didn't want to be one of "those guys", but I hope this comes out on the PC.
Nevermind, just noticed PC is included in the platforms.

Hoaph
Hoaph

After all this time it's starting to feel a bit like Duke Nukem Forever....but for the moment I'm still excited about this game.

02050muh
02050muh

the same reason i will give to my boss if i can't get the job right or not done before dateline

SlaviksG
SlaviksG

please make that game!!!

Oldgun
Oldgun

In other words, its a lazy lame excuse !!

macca366
macca366

His vision for the first game was bigger too, he wanted it to be more cinematic and can be found having said they had to really edit and cut down his original vision for the first game.

I think for the sequel he has a more expanded open-world feel planned. The original just had a relatively small hub world, and the addition of going into outer space and the moon towards the end. I think Ancel wants the sequel to be a multiple planet-hopping adventure. Thats my guess.

Anyway, I get tingles whenever I see this in the news! I loved that first game so much

Mega_Skrull
Mega_Skrull

I read the article and I like what he's saying. They really seem to have lots of ideas and not just omg graphics that need more power to be delivered properly.

I wish them luck, and may Ubisoft (aka "we only make it if we can milk it forever") not screw it up

inso-maniac
inso-maniac

if they really do make a sequal the fans should be more appreciative because they are doing it for you this series doesnt look like it rolled in major doe if you know what i mean ;)

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

I just want to play this game already.  So that means you have to finish it...

Vodoo
Vodoo

MAMMA-GO!!!!

xblackdivine
xblackdivine

you "UBISOFT" are playing dirty these days.
we must still wait for "BG&E2" and you make "AC" AFTER "AC".....
YOU ARE SO DIRTY THESE DAYS,take a shower please.
you smell like money.
^__^

ziqi92
ziqi92

No Wii U port even though the original was also on the GCN? The Wii U gamepad would, again, be an excellent way of taking photos as you traverse the environment. I'd say first make an HD port of the original to next gen consoles so as to generate interest in the sequel. This will also be good experience for the development team when they make the sequel.

DarkE0n
DarkE0n

People here complain about anything and everything. It's freakin' Beyond Good and Evil 2! Be excited!

khadafii
khadafii

yeah.. really had a good time with de part one .. jux hope is gonna be a better sequel

sonicare
sonicare

I wonder if they have George R R Martin working on this game.  The timeline seems just right.  Forever between sequels.

Tychobrahi
Tychobrahi

I'm just worried that projects that go on the back burner this long suffer in quality and consistency. Take Gearbox for example. Other than Borderlands both the franchise games they made took more than 10 years in the making. Duke's end result  turned out mediocre at best and Aliens CM was well...Aliens CM.  

The other option is for it to be put on PC but Yves Guillemot is going "PC Gaming dead ahead! Abandon ship!". So there goes that plan. Hopefully Ubisoft can put aside their "turn every game into a franchise" strategy and deliver a quality product at least for the fans and be done with. 

PStrife
PStrife

This doesn't make sense, BG&E didn't even sell enough units in it's lifetime to justify making a sequel.  That is like their own present philosophy contradicting reality.

Pete5506
Pete5506

I will truly be upset if Ubisoft screws this up 

justerthought
justerthought

@Gegglington It obviously went straight over your simplistic head then. If you did not like it you have no reason to buy number 2 then, so why are you even reading this article, let alone commenting.

 Anyone with half a brain realises that many of the concepts used in the game have been copied multiple times in great games ever since. I see it all the time. True hardcore gamers regard BG&E as a classic. It was a poineering work of art like Ico was. You probably thought Ico was a turd as well.

d3nR
d3nR

@xblackdivine Wished I smelled like money... take a shower in the bank

Vodoo
Vodoo

@ziqi92 He just said current gen systems couldn't fulfill their vision of the game. Like it or not, the Wii U falls into the current-gen category here.

faizanhd
faizanhd

@DarkE0n Indeed I thought Ubisoft was too busy milking AC to care about the game. I thought it was dead. But this just gave me a chill through my spine.

xblackdivine
xblackdivine

@DarkE0n can we be excited after years my friend?
we are waiting years for this beautiful game but UBISOFT  is making "AC" in any cost one after another.
^__^

kyacat
kyacat

That what has me worry about Beyond Good and Evil 2 it could end up like Dukem nukem or too human

kyacat
kyacat

Beyond good and Evil made have not sold well but it became a gem of game and one of the most underrated game to last gen  consoles

it deserved a sequel

Mantan911
Mantan911

@reborn007 @DarkE0n *Enter complaint about complainer's complaints about complainers here*

faizanhd
faizanhd

@reborn007

Within a complaint ? Three stages ! :0

Arsonaire
Arsonaire

@xblackdivine @DarkE0n We can be excited in any case but yeah it is depressing to wait forever & grow old. I have to say there is much more than just Ubisoft in terms of production & making things happen. Pumping AC's every now & then doesn't directly affect every other Ubisoft project like we imagine it does.