Ah, Beyond Good & Evil – a great game that did not meet the appropriate commercial success. Even though gamers loved Ubisoft’s new IP, the game ultimately met Shiny’s Giants: Citizen Kabuto and Sacrifice fate and didn’t sell well, despite the positive reviews it got. And although Ubisoft stated – back in 2011 – that Beyond Good & Evil 2 was under development, apart from some leaked screenshots and a video, we have not gotten any new information about its status – until now.
In an interview with the Guardian, Ubisoft’s CEO Yves Guillemot revealed that the game could be brought back as a digital-only title. When asked about digital platforms and whether gamers would see a digital release of Beyond Good & Evil 2, Guillemot said:
“You never know. It could happen! It’s a fact that you don’t have to create a game that’s very long, you can take different risks with games.”
This comment proves that Beyond Good & Evil 2 is no longer under development. That, or its development has been halted for unknown reasons. Earlier in the interview, Guillemot stated that the company is to make less retail games for next generation consoles:
“With next gen consoles, it’s going toward bigger games, and yes, we will make less of them.”
Since Beyond Good & Evil was a commercial failure, we can safely assume that it’s no longer under development and won’t be released as a retail game, something that was rumored back in 2011. Yes, a next-gen version of BG&E2 would be amazing but it’s pretty obvious that Ubisoft will focus on specific, triple-A games that can guarantee them earnings. It’s also obvious that they and won’t invest on a franchise that failed to deliver a couple of years ago.
Still, there is hope for a digital-only release so keep your fingers crossed.
John is the founder and Editor in Chief at DSOGaming. He is a PC gaming fan and highly supports the modding and indie communities. Before creating DSOGaming, John worked on numerous gaming websites. While he is a die-hard PC gamer, his gaming roots can be found on consoles. John loved - and still does - the 16-bit consoles, and considers SNES to be one of the best consoles. Still, the PC platform won him over consoles. That was mainly due to 3DFX and its iconic dedicated 3D accelerator graphics card, Voodoo 2. John has also written a higher degree thesis on the "The Evolution of PC graphics cards."