Beyond Good & Evil creator Michel Ancel, who’s currently working on Rayman Legends, has said in a Toulouse Game Show French interview that Beyond Good & Evil 2 is in “active development”, supposedly for next-gen systems. Although it may yet appear on current consoles and PC, because Ancel states “We focus on the game. We create it first, then we’ll see what can run it.”
When asked what platforms BG&E 2 will be released on, he said:
“We won’t make promises that we can’t keep. We are in an active creation stage and at this moment we are only focusing on the game and making it the best game that we can. That decision would just distracts us from that objective. I can say that it’s a very ambitious game and we need some tech to achieve that ambition.”
When asked about the initial teaser video showing gameplay from BG&E 2 seeming similar to Mirror’s Edge, he commented on whether that game influenced him:
“No, not at all. We had this concept even before Mirror’s Edge launched. And we have a different approach to the first person perspective that Mirror’s Edge has. Prince of Persia and Assassin’s Creed are closer to what we have in mind with the control of the character in a third person perspective. We use a very dynamic camera that shakes a lot during the action to add life to the camera giving the impression of an action news cover team following Jade. Maybe that could be similar to Mirror’s Edge but the game itself is very different.”
The above Beyond Good & Evil 2 screenshot and below HD gameplay teaser from AGB are further proof of the game’s development being on-going.
The interview quotes from above, that have been translated from French by Neogaf, come from this video interview.
Maybe we can look forward to more exciting game leaks before the E3 show next month?
February 2013 Update: Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot gave a Beyond Good & Evil 2 update in a post-PS4-announcement interview. To quote: “I don’t give comments anymore on Beyond Good & Evil 2, because I think… the next time we communicate we have to have something new. It’s coming.”
August 2014 Update: Ubisoft has released the following statement to confirm Michel Ancel is still working on the sequel.
To quote: “In many ways, BG&E is an inimitable game – it appeals to all generations of gamers and is an inspiration behind many of Ubisoft Montpellier’s past and future games. It’s still far too early to give many details about this new title, but what we can say is that while Michel and the team at Ubisoft Montpellier are working with the core tenets of BG&E, they’re developing something that aspires to push past the boundaries of a proverbial sequel and leverages next-gen technologies to deliver a truly surprising, innovative and exceptional game. The entire team is excited about the direction this extremely ambitious project is taking, and we’ll have more to share later, as it progresses.”