Ubisoft is emerging as a contender in winning E3 2017, and they relied mostly on connecting with fans instead of typical new IP announcements followed by flashy trailers. The final showcase did the trick during their press conference, as they confirmed Beyond Good and Evil 2’s existence with a CG reveal trailer.
The crowd sort of expected it to happen, considering there were leaked gameplay footage of a previously canceled project for the sequel, but that didn’t prevent a surge of excitement from the crowd and live stream chat when Beyond Good and Evil 2 was finally confirmed, 15 years after the original was launched. Instead of being a direct sequel to the original protagonist, Jade’s adventure, Beyond Good and Evil 2 will be a prequel, and it’s set in a world where she’s not even born yet.
“Welcome to System 3,” said Gabrielle Shrager, narrative director at Ubisoft Montpellier, where the game is being made. “Our story takes place before the birth of Jade in a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural human society in a distant solar system. It is a time when corporations create hybrids in their labs and enslave them to colonize the stars in order to compete for power and cosmic resources. With our crew of crazy and unforgettable characters, we fight in the name of freedom and the right to determine our own fate among the stars. And we will helm massive star-faring vessels through territories as spectacular as they are dangerous.”
Besides the explosive reaction by the crowd following the reveal, series creator Michel Ancel was visibly emotional on stage, as he thanked the fans for their patience. And the internet appreciates it:
There are no official details on the release date and platforms as of now, so don’t expect Beyond Good and Evil 2 to drop anytime soon.