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Beyond Good & Evil 2 Development Troubled?

The creator of the series has reportedly left the Ubisoft.

In the past, Ubisoft has outwardly displayed misgivings when asked about the state of affairs of Beyond Good & Evil 2. But a new rumor floating around asserts that the production of the long-awaited sequel may have been paused, or even worse, Ubisoft might be talking cancelation.

French gaming website Woot Gaming (via Destructoid, via NeoGAF) alleges that the creator of Beyond Good & Evil, Michel Ancel, and one of his developers, have left Ubisoft Montpellier and founded their own studio due to some sort of spat over the follow-up. This in turn has left the entire project in some sort of disarray; it's paused and--provided this report is accurate--some studio gurus are talking about scrapping the title. 

About a year after Beyond Good & Evil 2's announcement and trailer-zation in 2008, Ubisoft's Laurent Detoc told Industry Gamers that there was a chance it would never see the inside of a disc drive. This new rumor, if true, certainly takes the "chance" part out of the equation.

Of course, you'll have to keep in mind how bad Google translations of websites can be depending on the content of said site. Also, I get the vibe the author, "Poop," might have just been speculating in that last paragraph. It's hard to tell because of the poor translation. And in another bit of house cleaning: Destructoid notes that Ancel has yet to update his LinkedIn profile, which is something you totally do immediately after leaving a place of employment. It's like a rule or something.

I missed Beyond Good & Evil, and I still kick myself for it. I was hoping to jump onto the love train with the sequel. Apparently, I might not get the chance.  Anyway, what do you guys think about this rumor? I'd imagine it's breaking a few hearts out there.     
  
UPDATE: According to a report about this matter from French gaming blog Gameblog.fr, French Ubisoft representatives and sources within Ubisoft Montpellier are saying these rumors are completely false.
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Posted by BradNicholson

In the past, Ubisoft has outwardly displayed misgivings when asked about the state of affairs of Beyond Good & Evil 2. But a new rumor floating around asserts that the production of the long-awaited sequel may have been paused, or even worse, Ubisoft might be talking cancelation.

French gaming website Woot Gaming (via Destructoid, via NeoGAF) alleges that the creator of Beyond Good & Evil, Michel Ancel, and one of his developers, have left Ubisoft Montpellier and founded their own studio due to some sort of spat over the follow-up. This in turn has left the entire project in some sort of disarray; it's paused and--provided this report is accurate--some studio gurus are talking about scrapping the title. 

About a year after Beyond Good & Evil 2's announcement and trailer-zation in 2008, Ubisoft's Laurent Detoc told Industry Gamers that there was a chance it would never see the inside of a disc drive. This new rumor, if true, certainly takes the "chance" part out of the equation.

Of course, you'll have to keep in mind how bad Google translations of websites can be depending on the content of said site. Also, I get the vibe the author, "Poop," might have just been speculating in that last paragraph. It's hard to tell because of the poor translation. And in another bit of house cleaning: Destructoid notes that Ancel has yet to update his LinkedIn profile, which is something you totally do immediately after leaving a place of employment. It's like a rule or something.

I missed Beyond Good & Evil, and I still kick myself for it. I was hoping to jump onto the love train with the sequel. Apparently, I might not get the chance.  Anyway, what do you guys think about this rumor? I'd imagine it's breaking a few hearts out there.     
  
UPDATE: According to a report about this matter from French gaming blog Gameblog.fr, French Ubisoft representatives and sources within Ubisoft Montpellier are saying these rumors are completely false.
Posted by mech4399

oooohh!!!

Posted by gosukiller

DAMN IT. Both to the quest and the news.

Posted by Neverpraying

hmm

Posted by l3illyl3ob

Beyond Good and Evil is still fairly playable even by today's standards. It's aged fairly well. You shouldn't give up on ever playing BG&E just because it's old!

Posted by TheKidNixon

While this is certainly disappointing, how is 'Michael Ancel leaves Ubisoft (maybe), Forms New Studio (maybe)" not the headline here?

Posted by Cirdain

I'd like it to get made and played

Posted by Asrahn

Interesting. Seems like more and more people in the industry are growing tired of the larger companies' bullshit.
 
May I have back the times when small studios made awesome, clever games? Pretty please?
 
Dungeon Keeper, anyone?

Posted by Jayross

oh man..

Posted by Innovacious

Beyond & Good Evil 2

Wha? Did i miss a pun or something?
Posted by s10129107

those teaser videos were soooo good 

Posted by Vorbis

This is horrible news, one of the games I was hoping to hear about at E3 :(

Posted by delicious_lie

so sad about this.
i just hope that if Ancel has started a new studio that they can get a game out without too much trouble.
between rayman 2 and beyond good and evil, he's basically The Greatest Guy

Posted by Aeterna

I recently played through Beyond Good and Evil for the first time and absolutely loved it, it holds up really well with it's artstyle. Go play it if you haven't yet.

Posted by Lies

FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
 
It seemed vaporware for a while, but always depressing to get confirmation. Even if it does see the light, it likely won't be anything similar to the first, which is what had me excited :/

Posted by Jeffk38uk

Thats certainly bad news if its true, but sadly, another page on the troubled past of BGE2.

Edited by Venatio

Godamn you Ubisoft, this better not be true, I want the sequel badly :(
 
I was afraid of this but I was hoping for the best

Posted by Demyx

I didn't know there was even a chance that it was coming back. Now I'm doubly disappointed.

Posted by Spwn

Got my used copy of the PS2 version of BG&E for 2.65£. Haven't played yet, but you know what I'll be doing this summer. :)

Posted by Cold_Wolven

Pray it isn't so. I was really looking forward to this as I love the first one. Perhaps it was too good to be true.
Edited by TheHT

Oh dear, that can't be good. D:

Posted by ch3burashka

Kill me now.
 
Also, BG&E2 wasn't technically announced: the teaser was untitled and Ubisoft, if I recall correctly, has avoided actually announcing it. I guess they were anticipating problems and decided to leave the back door open, should they ever need to back out.

Posted by Rhaknar

well this blows, but I half expected it to be canceled after not hearing about it for over a year since the teaser (same for i am alive)

Posted by RE_Player1

" The creator of the series has reportedly left the Ubisoft" " Beyond & Good Evil 2 Development Troubled?" wtf is wrong with this post lol

Posted by Vonocourt

That's a big bummer.

Posted by Olimar_91

I just hope it's not true. One of my most anticipated games. :(

Posted by Kajaah117

MASSIVE typo in the headline. 
 
Anyway, this is a huge bummer. I played the PC version again just a few weeks ago and it still holds up tremendously. If you haven't played it yet, do yourself a favor and do it, now!

Posted by LeBart

Too bad for BGE2 but at least Ancel will be able to make games again I guess.

Edited by GunnBjorn

Did Ancel leave or got sacked, that's the question! 
BG&E was okay, but i do not buy the 'cult-status' that some fans have accredited to it. 
The trailer(s) to the sequell sure looked promising, but if it will not come to pass, i'll be the last one that'll shed a tear over it. 
I sure hope it's not going to turn into a Infinity Ward-esque soap opera like we'd had a few months back.
Posted by HateCage

Who are these amateurs posing on my beloved GiantBomb?  Keep it small and douche free boys!

Edited by Buttonbasher

No it's not. The original story from the source is false. A supposedly legitimate french website contacted Ubisoft and got the real story:  

http://www.gameblog.fr/news_15707_michel-ancel-quitterait-ubisoft-c-est-faux
 
Loose Translation:
"With the internet's best interest in heart we contacted Ubisoft via phone to get the truth. To reassure you, the information is completely false. The information went against what our PR contacts at Ubisoft were saying as well as what our sources within the studio itself said. Project Beyond Good & Evil 2 is more than ever on the rails. E3 could be a great place to prove this in a great way"

Posted by zoozilla
@Buttonbasher: Phew.
 
I was about to start crying for a second.
Posted by lolwot

"Left the Ubisoft"? Was that intentional? lol

Edited by Winternet
@Buttonbasher said:

" No it's not. The original story from the source is false. A supposedly legitimate french website contacted Ubisoft and got the real story:   http://www.gameblog.fr/news_15707_michel-ancel-quitterait-ubisoft-c-est-faux  Loose Translation: "With the internet's best interest in heart we contacted Ubisoft via phone to get the truth. To reassure you, the information is completely false. The information went against what our PR contacts at Ubisoft were saying as well as what our sources within the studio itself said. Project Beyond Good & Evil 2 is more than ever on the rails. E3 could be a great place to prove this in a great way" "

Thank God!
 
What are you trying to do, Brad N? Trying to kill me here, hein?!
Posted by TheIneffableBob

I'm glad Beyond Good & Evil 2 is canceled.

Edited by CornBREDX

Would be a shame if thats true, just 'cus hes been with them for so long.  
 
Doesnt matter though, this game has been rumored about and "Not in development" or vaporware for a long time so I already kinda figured I'd never see a sequel... as great as a sequel would be because I loved that game.
Posted by VincentVendetta

This is what happens when people reject Rayman for really basic, dumb characters like the rabbits; it's just really depressing overtime.

Posted by jakob187

If this is true, then MUTHAFUCKER!!!

Posted by Chirag4

It was wrong of him to leave the Ubisoft.

Posted by c1337us

What to stop you from playing the first game now?

Posted by gosukiller
@TheIneffableBob said:
" I'm glad Beyond Good & Evil 2 is canceled. "
BLASPHEMY!
 
Unless you are trying to say that they can't top the original, which would be a valid point and we wouldn't have to gouge out your eyes and burn you at the stake .
Posted by VincentVendetta

Should propably get a copy of Beyond Good & Evil for the PS2, now that I think about it.

Posted by TheYear20XX

I really hope this isn't true. BG&E deserved to be an A-list franchise.

Posted by Solh0und

I should probably look for a PC version of the first since i can't find it around my area on the xbox

Posted by iizcallum

This really sucks. I've been so excited about Beyond Good & Evil 2 ever since it's announcement in 2008... :(

Posted by buzz_killington

Ancel was supposed to make that TinTin game!!! FUCK.

Posted by fox01313

Apart from the one quick blip of it, this one has been underground for a while so guess if we will see this sequel pop up in the future it will find a new home somewhere to put the rest of it together or it will just exist in the ether like that one high res screenshot done of the stranger (from Nocturne) that was put out yet still no sequel for that game is out there :(.  
 

http://ps3.ign.com/articles/954/954531p1.html    

Posted by itswrong2bfrench

 "Beyond & Good Evil 2"
...really?

Posted by hpv

Good for him, he's too good for Ubisoft.  Too bad about Beyond Good & Evil 2, though.  The first was brilliant and I'd been really looking forward to the sequel.

Posted by SeriouslyNow
@GunnBjorn said:
" Did Ancel leave or got sacked, that's the question! BG&E was okay, but i do not buy the 'cult-status' that some fans have accredited to it. The trailer(s) to the sequell sure looked promising, but if it will not come to pass, i'll be the last one that'll shed a tear over it. I sure hope it's not going to turn into a Infinity Ward-esque soap opera like we'd had a few months back. "
WAT.  :/
 
Just...no.  Bye.
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