Long in development at Ubisoft Montpellier and helmed by auteur Michel Ancel, Beyond Good and Evil 2 is the promised sequel to the original 2003 masterpiece that received an HD update early last year. Announced back in 2008, what little information we have on the title has been garnered from offhand comments and leaked assets and it is understandable that fans have been getting antsy to see or hear something official and concrete about the game, other than that it is still in development.
Although it is destined to be a project of ambitious scope, this is not the sole reason for the lengthy development period. Speaking to Polygon recently, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot explained that a part of it is due to the other commitments of Ancel:
“What’s very important is that Michel Ancel is kind of doing too many things at the same time. He was working on Rayman Origins last year, and he’s working a lot on Rayman Legends this year. So, you know, when he does that, he kind of puts too much of his time on the other projects that he has. So the fact is, that working on Legends is slowing the process on Beyond Good and Evil 2.“
In spite of the fact that it appears to be on the backburner, Guillemot insisted that it is something that the company is very interested in pursuing:
“It’s really a game that we’ve been working, we have worked on, and is a game that we want to do. But there are so many things that have to be done that, you know, this one is going to come in line at one point.”
It isn’t much, but it’s better than nothing at all. The game is not expected to launch on the current generation of consoles, but with widespread reports of Microsoft and/or Sony launching their next gaming machines within the coming year, it may be available sooner rather than later. Here’s hoping.