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Ubisoft unveils the first in-engine gameplay demo for Beyond Good and Evil 2

Michel Ancel’s pre-show fakeout fooled us all, which meant that Beyond and Good Evil fans were suitably thrilled when its sequel made its debut during Ubisoft’s E3 Press Conference. But that wasn’t the only E3 2017 appearance for Beyond and Good Evil 2.

In addition to the cinematic trailer they showed to the public, Ubisoft also produced a “closed door” gameplay demo for members of the media. Beyond and Good Evil 2 is still in an extremely early state, and the demo only offered viewers the chance to see what the game’s engine is capable of, but today, Ubisoft released a video of that demo to the public.

Now’s your chance to marvel at the massive cities of System 3, including the unique architecture built in to the massive structures you’ll be able to fly right up to. From there, blast off into outer space and get a feel for the game’s spaceship sections, and then crash back down to the craggy surface of the planet.

The UbiBlog offers up a similar description of the video:

In a new behind-the-scenes video, creator Michel Ancel will walk you through what Beyond Good and Evil 2’s new engine is capable of, showing off its massive scale, intricate level of detail, multiple methods of exploration, and more.

A prequel to the first Beyond Good and Evil, Beyond Good and Evil 2 tells a story of space piracy in System 3, a star system being colonized largely through the use of human-animal hybrids as slave labor.

Beyond Good and Evil 2 is currently in development at Ubisoft, with an unknown release date, for unknown platforms.

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Beyond Good and Evil 2 makes a surprise appearance at E3 2017 with a new trailer

Nicely played, Ubisoft.

Though they previously said that Beyond Good and Evil 2 wouldn’t make an appearance at the 2017 E3 Expo, the publisher shocked their fans with a brand new trailer for the long-in-development title.

As expected, Beyond Good and Evil 2 is a prequel that takes place many years before the original game. So don’t expect to run into Jade as you dash and jump through the game’s futuristic locales. But here’s what fans can expect to see in Beyond Good and Evil 2:

Journey to System 3, for the prequel to one of Ubisoft’s most beloved games! Fight alongside unforgettable characters in a stunning new solar system, as you struggle for freedom and the right to determine your own fate among the stars. Play the adventure by yourself or with friends in a vast and seamless online playground.

Beyond Good and Evil 2 is the spiritual successor to the cult classic, a prequel that will transport players into a profoundly multicultural world, capturing the spirit of the original with grandiose decors and intense dramas that play out across a vast universe.

System 3 has become the center of interstellar trade and colonization in the Milky Way of the 24th century, thanks to the creation of Hybrid slaves. While private enterprises fight over resources and power, the first colonists weave together the rich and diverse spiritual and cultural heritages of Old Earth to give meaning to their existence. In this new era of piracy, we will rise from lowly pirate to legendary captain at the helm of massive star-faring vessels, adventuring alongside crews of colorful characters to fight for freedom and the right to determine our own fate among the stars!

If this sounds like a world you’d like to live in, then you’re in luck. Ubisoft is inviting fans to participate in the development process for Beyond Good and Evil 2 with the Space Monkey Program. Sign up at the website to participate, and learn more about the game’s backstory with a series of articles from the developers.

But if your head is still spinning from the new trailer and all this information, don’t worry, Director Michel Ancel is here to help. After Ubisoft’s Press Conference ended, the publisher uploaded a “Trailer Breakdown” video where the developer explains just what the heck is going on.

Beyond Good and Evil 2 has no release date, and we still don’t know which platforms it’ll appear on, but you can find the “Trailer Breakdown” with Michel Ancel after the break. (more…)

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Beyond Good & Evil 2 won’t be at E3 2017, but Ubisoft will reveal it sometime this year

Ubisoft’s Michel Ancel recently got into a discussion with some fans on Instagram, and he confirmed that Beyond Good & Evil 2 won’t make an appearance at this year’s E3 Expo. However, he added that progress is being made on the sequel to his cult action/adventure, and we should finally see it sometime this year:

Not sure that E3 would be the best place to showcase [Beyond Good & Evil 2] but we’re working on the game so sometime this year, you should hear about it!

Beyond Good & Evil 2 was first announced all the way back in 2008, and Ancel has been delivering small teases connected to the game ever since. It was officially re-announced in October of 2016, and the latest rumors say it could become a Switch exclusive.

A 2017 launch seems out of the question, but hopefully we’ll learn more about the game before the end of the year.

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Rumor: Beyond Good & Evil 2 will be Switch-exclusive for a year; Rabbids/Mario Crossover to be titled Rabbids Kingdom Battle

Laura Kate Dale and Let’s Play Video Games are back with another batch of Switch-related rumors… this time shining the spotlight on Ubisoft’s Beyond Good & Evil 2 and a Rabbids/Mario Crossover.

We know that Beyond Good & Evil 2 is currently in development, but Dale is reporting that the long-awaited sequel has been tagged with a new codename/subtitle, Odyssey, and will be exclusive to the Switch for a year. As you might expect with an Ubisoft game, after the exclusivity period ends, it’ll appear on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

As for the Rabbids/Mario Crossover, it’ll be an RPG and it’ll be known as Rabbids Kingdom Battle. It might be released during the Switch’s launch window, but Dale’s sources are saying it might be delayed until September. If you can’t wait until the Fall, it’s looking likely that future Switch owners will also receive a port of Rayman Legends sometime this Summer.

All three of these titles are expected to be unveiled during Nintendo’s Switch presentation, which will be held on January 12.

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Rumor: Beyond Good & Evil 2 is a “standalone reboot” that’ll launch in 2018 exclusively for the Nintendo NX

beyondgoodandevilMany people already suspected that Beyond Good & Evil 2 might drop the numeral and go the prequel route after Director Michel Ancel uploaded an image from the recently-announced game of Uncle Pey’j as a young piglet. A new rumor report from Let’s Play Video Games seems to confirm that suspicion and a number of other details about the long-in-the-works followup.

Citing an anonymous source “familiar with the negotiations on the project,” Beyond Good & Evil 2 will actually be a “standalone reboot” that expands on the cliffhanger ending from the first game while also delving deeper into the backstories of Pey’j and main character Jade:

According to our source, the currently planned direction for the game is that it will partially retell Jade’s origin tale from Beyond Good & Evil, flesh out Peyj’s backstory, then continue to extrapolate on the ending of the original game. The intention is that players who have not played the original will be able to jump into the new game, which will feature a subtitle rather than a number at the end of its title, and understand both who Jade is and what drives Pey’j. It also seeks to provide closure to fans of the original wondering what the cliffhanger at the end meant for the series’ ongoing plot.

Several other tipsters have also informed Let’s Play Video Games that Ubisoft will release Beyond Good & Evil 2 (or whatever it ends up being called) exclusively for Nintendo’s NX console in Summer 2018. A new trailer is supposedly being prepared to deliver the news, and it’ll likely make its public debut alongside Nintendo’s unveiling of the NX.

But… all together now… we still have no idea when Nintendo will announce its plan for the NX.

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Pre-production on Beyond Good & Evil 2 officially begins at Ubisoft

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It’s happening! It’s finally happening!

Last week, Michel Ancel unveiled a stray piece of Beyond Good & Evil 2 concept art through Instagram. But today, the famed developer went ahead and confirmed that the game (which was first announced by Ubisoft back in 2008) has officially entered the pre-production phase.

Once again, this barrage of good news began on Instagram, with Ancel uploading images of a shark monster and a bipedal rhino. The image of the rhino was accompanied by a caption confirming the game’s newly-minted status as an in-development project: “Endangered species – now saved – Game in pre-production – Stay tuned!”

It will likely be quite a while before Beyond Good & Evil 2 receives a splashy public debut, but in the meantime, Ubisoft wants to further stoke the hype train with a free giveaway of the original Beyond Good & Evil through their Ubisoft Club. Fans will be able to be able to pick up the PC edition of the game for $0 beginning on October 12.

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Michel Ancel is possibly teasing a Beyond Good & Evil prequel on Instagram

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Even though we’ve only glimpsed the barest scraps of information about Beyond Good & Evil 2 since its unveiling all the way back in 2008, the game has never really gone away. And as recently as this past Summer, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said the sequel is still on the way.

Earlier this morning, developer Michel Ancel teased Beyond Good & Evil 2 once again with a post on Instagram of concept art featuring a young Uncle Pey’j, Jade’s mentor/sidekick from the original Beyond Good & Evil. Does that mean the sequel is acually a prequel? It’s still too early to tell, but at least we know that Ancel is still thinking about the game.

Ubisoft France also posted a link to the image on their Twitter account, lending some legitimacy to the belief that this is “official” concept art and not just something Ancel whipped up in his spare time.

It’s rumored that Beyond Good & Evil 2 will be announced for Nintendo’s NX console in the coming weeks, but it’s probably a tad too early to speculate about that. You can find Ancel’s Beyond Good & Evil 2 tease after the break. (more…)

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Ubisoft CEO says Beyond Good & Evil 2 is “still on the way” at E3 2016

We’ve haven’t heard much about Beyond Good & Evil 2 since it was first announced all the way back in 2008. Creator Michel Ancel has been relatively quiet about the project, but he has insisted all this time that the game remains in development. And when Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot sat down for an interview with Geoff Keighley yesterday, he delivered a similar report about the status of the game:

Keighley: The next Beyond Good & Evil, is that something that is still going to be in development? Are you gonna do it?

Guillemot: It’s still on the way. It’s something at some point you will see, yes.

Keighley: Is it actively being worked on or is it further out?

Guillemot: It’s difficult to say. Michel is working on it. But he’s doing two games at the same time, so it’s coming along, but he has to spend more time on it so we can see it faster.

So Beyond Good & Evil 2 is still in development, but we still have no idea when it’ll be completed or what platforms it’ll be released for. I guess we’ll hear more about it one of these years.

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