Beyond Good & Evil 2 Is Officially in Development
Ubisoft confirms its Montpellier studio is working with Michel Ancel on the Beyond Good & Evil sequel.
After much teasing, Ubisoft has officially announced Beyond Good & Evil 2 is in development. The announcement was made on the Beyond Good & Evil Facebook page, which features the previously released concept art posted on series creator Michel Ancel's Instagram page.
"If you've been waiting for news about BG&E ... Well here you go! We are delighted to confirm that Michel Ancel is currently working with the Ubisoft Montpellier studio on a new Beyond Good & Evil game."
Ubisoft's Montpellier studio has contributed to a number of the company's previous games, most recently Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands. It also developed the well-received Rayman Origins and Rayman Legends titles.
Beyond Good & Evil 2 was first announced in 2008, but Ubisoft didn't show or talk much about it in the time following, leading many to question whether it was still in development. At E3 2016, Ubisoft chief executive Yves Guillemot confirmed that Ancel was working on Beyond Good & Evil 2, though he could not say when we'd see its official reveal.
"It's difficult to say," Guillemot said. "Michel is working on it, but he's doing two games at the same time--he's doing Wild at the same time. It's coming along, but he has to spend more time on it, so we can see it faster."
This isn't the first time Ubisoft has said Beyond Good & Evil 2 is in development, but given the numerous pieces of concept art Ancel has posted lately, it seems like the company is ready to fully commit to the project this time.
Ubisoft also filed a trademark application for "Beyond Good & Evil" in April 2016.