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Beyond Good & Evil 2 Won't Be Out For A While

Michel Ancel says to have patience.

Despite its conspicuous absence at Ubisoft's E3 2010 media briefingBeyond Good & Evil 2 is still in development. But the forthcoming follow-up might be more than a couple of years in coming.

Creator Michel Ancel recently spoke about the successor to the critical darling at a Montpellier games conference, telling the attendants that the game will be a long time out as a result of its unconventional development process. 

Ancel has a small team on BG&E2, purposefully, in an attempt to keep the game from becoming a "commercial product," and to use it as a flagship for new set of 3D dev tools similar to the 2D ones being used by a five-man team on Rayman Origins. Speaking to the former point: "On this game, we're keeping the team small," Ancel said in French, according to a translation provided via Eurogamer, "to preserve creativity and so the game doesn't become a commercial product; so that it has a soul."


 This pig has a soul, right?
 
== TEASER =="It takes a bit longer," Ancel continued, "but we're very keen to use this system with this game, because it's an ambitious game and we want to create something exceptional."

Earlier in the talk, Ancel apologized, stating that the game "will take time," and urging those who still care to "please have patience." Fair enough, sir.

But how long is "longer?" Within the next five years, at least, you'll get a sequel to the game--provided Ubisoft remains interested in the tech and in the follow-up, which was announced in 2008. "[Beyond Good & Evil 2] hasn't been abandoned," Ancel re-confirmed during the talk. "it's an ongoing project, and we hope to do it in this way using these tools, that's to say making a 3D game with very few people."
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Posted by BradNicholson

Despite its conspicuous absence at Ubisoft's E3 2010 media briefingBeyond Good & Evil 2 is still in development. But the forthcoming follow-up might be more than a couple of years in coming.

Creator Michel Ancel recently spoke about the successor to the critical darling at a Montpellier games conference, telling the attendants that the game will be a long time out as a result of its unconventional development process. 

Ancel has a small team on BG&E2, purposefully, in an attempt to keep the game from becoming a "commercial product," and to use it as a flagship for new set of 3D dev tools similar to the 2D ones being used by a five-man team on Rayman Origins. Speaking to the former point: "On this game, we're keeping the team small," Ancel said in French, according to a translation provided via Eurogamer, "to preserve creativity and so the game doesn't become a commercial product; so that it has a soul."


 This pig has a soul, right?
 
== TEASER =="It takes a bit longer," Ancel continued, "but we're very keen to use this system with this game, because it's an ambitious game and we want to create something exceptional."

Earlier in the talk, Ancel apologized, stating that the game "will take time," and urging those who still care to "please have patience." Fair enough, sir.

But how long is "longer?" Within the next five years, at least, you'll get a sequel to the game--provided Ubisoft remains interested in the tech and in the follow-up, which was announced in 2008. "[Beyond Good & Evil 2] hasn't been abandoned," Ancel re-confirmed during the talk. "it's an ongoing project, and we hope to do it in this way using these tools, that's to say making a 3D game with very few people."
Posted by Shaanyboi

aww..... :(

Posted by luce

noooooooo

Posted by ProfessorEss

I get excited whenever this game is brought up.
Makes me wish people would stop bringing it up until it's potential for existence got a little more tangible.
 
...also, all of this will just serve to make it that much more disappointing when it's finally released and turns out to be "just okay".

Posted by DrDarkStryfe

I am just glad they acknowledge its existence.

Posted by phrosnite

I will wait... I want this game to be AWESOME!!!

Posted by EvilTwin
@DrDarkStryfe said:
" I am just glad they acknowledge its existence. "
Agreed.  At least it's still in development.
Posted by Goldanas

I am filled with sadness, but I will wait, Mr. Ancel. 
 
I will wait.

Posted by SneakyPenguins

as long as it is still happening, I want this game and if waiting is what i must do fine. Not happy about it though

Posted by BaconGames

He's lying out of his goddamn ass, unless he legitimately believes all that hippie commune bullshit.
 
The team's small because he has no idea what will come of the project so if it goes sour, no one's losing their jobs.  A small team is much easier to manage financially and creatively and it is at that point when they can see if this project has wings.  There's no guarantee of anything if they dedicate a huge team to it, especially with its pedigree.  
 
Great idea that they're starting small, but don't be all snobby about it.

Posted by DeviantJoker
@DrDarkStryfe said:
" I am just glad they acknowledge its existence. "
Acknowledgement is always nice for those of us gnawing to know there's still hope. Oh silly hope.
Posted by ZeForgotten

Bummer, oh well that's what I expected anyway while laughing at some of my friends who were actually crying because they thought it wasn't gonna happen. Fucking morons

Posted by RobotHamster

Still haven't played the first one but I really want this to come out so I can try it.

Posted by RE_Player1

Why tease it than over a year ago? Now people are going to be so hyped for this game it might fail. Why can't game companies announce a game at E3 and than release it that year. Ya ya I know they have to market it so take the entire summer to market it. Seriously I'm sick of developers showing trailers, cg trailers not even in game, and saying " See ya in 3 years". 

Posted by Brendan
@ProfessorEss said:
"I get excited whenever this game is brought up. Makes me wish people would stop bringing it up until it's potential for existence got a little more tangible.  ...also, all of this will just serve to make it that much more disappointing when it's finally released and turns out to be "just okay". "

Future Giantbomb 3 star review forthcoming?
Posted by Wandrecanada

When he says 3D I hope he means polygons and not glasses.

Posted by ch3burashka

I'm glad that it's at least being acknowledged as alive. They better explain the ending of that game...
 

Posted by Scrawnto
@Tuffgong: So you're talking about a Frenchman, and you don't expect art-snobbery by default?
Posted by BaconGames
@Scrawnto said:
" @Tuffgong: So you're talking about a Frenchman, and you don't expect art-snobbery by default? "
Goddamnit you're right.
Posted by spartan1017

games with souls, finally!!!!

Posted by Binman88

Weird. They're trying to keep an Ubisoft game from getting too commercial? That doesn't sound right.

Posted by artofwar420

It's not canned so that's great news. I try to stay positive.

Edited by CookieMonster

Why does this game have to be in 3D? Just why? I despise 3D, I hope this game is good enough to change my mind, or they mean 3D in another sense.

Posted by ThePilgrums
@luce said: 

" noooooooo "

What do you mean "nooooo"? The last we heard it was possibly cancelled. At least we know he still wants to make it and it's still an open project. That's good news if you ask me. If it takes another 3 years, so be it. At least it still has a chance of being made.
   
Posted by Cheetoman

I think I might buy the first one on steam. 

Edited by DukeTogo
@Cheetoman said:

" I think I might buy the first one on steam.  "

It's a good game, but it's starting to get overhyped and I think it's going to turn some people off once they play it after all that's been said.  It was an above average action-adventure with some great art direction and a unique take on a rather rote "chosen one" storyline.  Playing it several years later I think it would feel somewhat derivative with all the Jak, Ratchet, and Sly games that came after it.
 
If that footage that showed up a while back was real, the game looks like it was going in a very Assassin's Creed style of parkour gameplay, something that's already become a little tired.  So maybe he wants to see how the current tastes change to see if it will still be worth doing.
 
Frankly, the original ended with a great way to leave it, so a sequel doesn't need to be made.  Just like the Matrix.
Posted by ThePhilatron

Very pleasing and yet very disheartening.

Posted by TheYear20XX

Just happy to finally hear something concrete on the game's status, and that it hasn't been canned.

Posted by Shimakaze

Yay!!!!! BG&E2 is still on!!!!!

Posted by RipAndTear

I'll wait for you,  Pey'j.

Posted by MordeaniisChaos
@CookieMonster said:
"Why does this game have to be in 3D? Just why? I despise 3D, I hope this game is good enough to change my mind, or they mean 3D in another sense. "

They mean 3D like any modern game with a 3D engine, not like, 3D as in puttin on glasses or 3DS.
Posted by demontium

This will launch in tandem with Duke Nukem: Forever.

Edited by darkjester74
@demontium said:

" This will launch in tandem with Duke Nukem: Forever. "

And Half Life 2 Episode 3.  
 
Ubi sez:  "to preserve creativity and so the game doesn't become a commercial product; so that it has a soul."
 
Oh so its free?
Posted by Winternet

Why on earth does BG&E 2 have to have a soul? Couldn't it be like everyone else and come out before the end of this fiscal year?

Edited by Brackynews

Team Fortress 2 took nine years.
Alan Wake took five years. 
Too Human took three to eight years.
Duke Nukem Forever took.. forever.
Valve takes their sweet Valve time
 
Rome wasn't coded in a day, and neither was Alpha Protocol. It doesn't matter how long a game takes to make, or polish, it will be good or bad on its own merits; stay relevant and engaging or not on its own merits.  If a publisher sees the support in the community, they will want to get it out the door eventually, and then the sales numbers boil down to the release window competition. But sales numbers don't count much toward grabbing people's hearts and minds.

Posted by sfighter21

So, is the first one any good?

Posted by davidwitten22

Unless this game gets really, really, really awful reviews, I will buy the shit out of it. 
 
 Please don't suck.

Posted by hagridore

Calling out Ubisoft Montreal?

Posted by Vonocourt

Michel Ancel is telling me to have what now? 
 

 
I wish they would divulge at least a little bit of info about the gameplay, so we could know what type of game it actually is.

Posted by Sjupp
@spartan1017 said:
" games with souls, finally!!!! "
But where the hell do they get them from? I suspect the.. deals, is taking time. Lot of chanting and lit candles.
Posted by RagingLion

Good to know.  Knowing these things means I can stay patient for quite a long time, though my hype capacity for the game has increased.

Posted by TheMoD

Oh man actually I'm really happy about this news. Not only is the game still in development, but it's being developed by a small team so that it doesn't loose its personality.  I think that's awesome, having waited this long I really don't mind another year or 2
Edited by Tomeh

Damn !
 
But it's a lot better than releasing a bad BG&E2

Posted by darianw

Here's hoping it's released... someday.

Posted by Mouth

Damn...but I will have patience Mr Ancel. In the meantime, I'll go back and replay BG&E.
Posted by Bionicicide

Fine by me. I still fear Ubisoft will can it any month.

Posted by Tactical_Kill

At least they are still working on it. Many people thought they had scraped it.

Posted by jakob187
@MordeaniisChaos said:
" @CookieMonster said:
"Why does this game have to be in 3D? Just why? I despise 3D, I hope this game is good enough to change my mind, or they mean 3D in another sense. "
They mean 3D like any modern game with a 3D engine, not like, 3D as in puttin on glasses or 3DS. "
Bingo.  Even then, who's to say that they won't have some form of 3D setup with the game by that point?  If the tech is there, they could implement it more efficiently than most of the games that are hitting with it nowadays...I would assume.
Posted by Toug

As far as reasons for this game not being out go, "Not selling out to the man" is at least a somewhat acceptable one.

Posted by JB16

It looks like this will launch in 2020 with Duke Nukem Forever and Half Life 2: Episode 3.

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