Michel Ancel has commented again on the new Beyond Good and Evil game, which remains vaporous despite being announced way back in 2008. He sheds a little light on why the game has been so long delayed, which will no doubt interest the many very patient fans of the original.
Beyond Good and Evil was an action-adventure game, which is a bit like an RPG. Hey, check out our list of the best RPGs on PC!
This is the post, made earlier today, that goes some way to explaining the hold-up:
2008 Characters . The game was playable with many prototypes . All videos where realtime but we had too much technical issues . We wanted planet exploration , space travel , cities ... All this was also supposed to be in BGE 1 ... Instead of not doing the game of our dreams , we decided to return to 2d , have fun with Rayman and go back at work for Beyond good and Evil 2 . We still have loooooots of work but now the tech is ready and the team is fantastic !
So, much like George Lucas and the Star Wars prequels, he was waiting for technology to catch up to his vision. Let's hope his vision turns out a little better than The Phantom Menace. This post implicitly announces the presence of planetary exploration, space travel and cities in the game, which is an exciting start.
His comments follow recent confirmation by Ubisoft that the sequel is finally under active development. Asked about platforms, he said "No specific platforms for now", so we'll just have to keep our fingers crossed that Ubisoft decide to bring it to PC. The original did, so there's a fair chance.
Note that Ancel has finally used the phrase "Beyond Good and Evil 2". Certain rumours have thrived on the basis that this phrase has been avoided so far, and suggested that the new game will in fact be a reboot. When Ancel says "all this was also supposed to be in BGE 1", it's perhaps understandable that he might want to relaunch the series (conceived as a trilogy) with a first chapter that fully realises his vision. So perhaps his use of the number "2" is just shorthand for a new game, or perhaps it confirms that we willl be getting a true sequel after all. Which would you prefer?