Beyond Good and Evil 2 was revealed with a stunning new cinematic trailer during Ubisoft's E3 2017 press conference. The long-in-development sequel has been rumored, teased, announced and delayed for a very long time now, but now it's real. After the trailer finished, a visibly emotional Michel Ancel took to the stage. "Its been near 15 years," he says, but it has finally arrived.
Jade, protagonist of the original Beyond Good and Evil, has yet to be born. That's right, Beyond Good and Evil 2 will serve as a prequel and spiritual successor to the original games. Very few details have otherwise been revealed, but what is known is that the game will take place in System 3 and will feature a wildly diverse cast of characters ranging from personified gorillas and pigs to humans of all shapes and sizes.
Michel Ancel, who is serving as Creative Director for Beyond Good and Evil 2, provided the following statement as an introduction to the game:
"We know the expectations for Beyond Good and Evil 2 are enormous. We’re creating a sci-fi space opera, a game where players fight for freedom alongside unforgettable characters and explore a stunning and vast solar system, all while capturing the spirit of Beyond Good and Evil."
Ancel goes on to ask fans to visit Beyond Good and Evil 2's website (which is struggling a bit under the wave of attention) and sign up for the "Space Monkey Program," where they can share ideas and feedback that can help shape the game's development going forward.
Gameplay-wise, again Ubisoft has yet to reveal any official details. However, the phrase "online playground" was mentioned. Ubisoft goes on to describe System 3 as a "massive, seamless online environment" where players will rise from "lowly pirate to legendary captain." Just exactly what kind of multiplayer game Beyond Good and Evil 2 proves to be remains to be seen, but there's no doubt that the game has lofty aspirations. Ubisoft does say that at the very least players will have the option of playing with friends.
There's a significant rumor worth noting regarding Beyond Good and Evil 2's platform. A source who reportedly leaked Ubisoft's earlier Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle announcement is also claiming that Beyond Good and Evil 2 could be a Nintendo Switch exclusive. While that rumor is unconfirmed at this point, fans won't have to wait long for the truth. The announcement is said to be made during Nintendo's E3 2017 press conference tomorrow.
Beyond Good and Evil 2 has no currently announced release date, nor any officially announced supported platforms. Expect more information in the months to come.