Michel Ancel, the creator of Beyond Good & Evil, recently confirmed that the game was still under development during a recent interview about the franchise.
Cult hit games that end up becoming commercial failures don’t come around too often, but it’s safe to say the original Beyond Good & Evil was one of these games. Fans hoping for an eventual sequel have been keeping faith for many years, and while we know Beyond Good & Evil 2 is fighting the good fight as it slowly crawls through development hell, one can’t help but worry that the game will never come to fruition.
It was almost a year ago when Ubisoft had to respond to questions asking if the game was even still in development, and a false report of creative director Michel Ancel abandoning the game was quickly debunked after the headline made waves. Admittedly, information concerning the game has been scarce, and Ancel even took a year off from helping produce the sequel to work on Rayman Origins, while also opening his own independent studio.
The french creative director – who was actually knighted by French officials for his contributions to arts and literature – stopped by Double Fine recently to be part of an episode of Devs Play with Tim Schafer and Greg Rice. Ancel was interviewed as he played some of the original Beyond Good & Evil, and fielded questions about the behind-the-scenes work that led to the highly-acclaimed title. As the interview progressed, it didn’t take long for him to confirm that the official sequel was still in production.
Interested gamers can take a look at the aforementioned interview below:
Ancel has evidently been hard at work on Beyond Good & Evil 2 for the last several months, and even had some showings of the game behind closed doors at E3 2015. As Michel reveals on the above episode of Devs Play, it turns out Nintendo’s own Shigeru Miyamoto played the game during the convention, and ended up not liking it at all.
He also revealed that he’s been having a hard time working on the sequel, saying “it’s hard for me to do the same kind of game two times. I always want to do something different.” This isn’t surprising to hear, considering how slowly the game has been progressing over the last five-plus years.
We sincerely hope Ancel and his team are able to present a polished product at the end of this long cycle, and that all the work wasn’t for nothing. If Volition has shown us anything in the last week, it’s that it is very easy for entire games to be cancelled by larger publishers.
Ranters, when do you think Beyond Good & Evil 2 will eventually come out? Do we have another Duke Nukem on our hands?
Source: Devs Play