It has been nearly a year since we have learned that Beyond Good & Evil 2 was officially placed in development, which has caused many fans to hope the forthcoming sequel will be unveiled during the next annual installment of the “Super Bowl of video games,” E3 2017. Unfortunately, it looks like the game won’t be in attendance at the event, but the silver lining of the situation is that there is still the chance of the title being shown off sometime this year.
As found in the comments section to the Instagram post below from Michel Ancel, the director has stated that he’s “not sure that E3 would be the best place to showcase [Beyond Good & Evil 2],” but him and his crew are “working on the game so sometime this year, you should hear about it!” Aside from the nebulous window of “sometime this year” Ancel didn’t confirm an exact time frame of when fans should expect to see or hear any pertinent information about the game.
Several months ago, Ancel offered an explanation for the lengthy development process for Beyond Good & Evil 2 and declared that the game had too many “technical issues” during the early stages of its production. For those unaware, he and his team have been crafting and refining the title since its initial confirmation of being in the planning stages back in 2008, leading many to wonder if it will ever see the light of day.
So far, the only evidence pointing to Beyond Good & Evil 2 being in the works are pieces of concept art that have been trickling out for years on end. Other than that, there have been rumors stating it’s a slated for release in 2018, and that it will be a Nintendo Switch exclusive for a year. Some scuttlebutt has even suggested that it’s not actually sequel, but should be seen as a reboot.
All things considered, there’s really no telling how far along Beyond Good & Evil 2 is in development and what kind of game it will end up being, so discussions regarding its content and release schedule are to be taken with a huge grain of salt. Not to mention, with such an incredibly prolonged period of development, it begs the question of whether or not there’s still a big enough audience remaining who’s actually still interested in seeing a followup to the 2003 release. Certainly, nobody wants another Duke Nukem Forever situation on their hands.
Beyond Good & Evil 2 is currently in production, but lacks an actual release date.
Source: Michel Ancel – Instagram