Beyond Good & Evil should need no introduction by now, but for the unfamiliar, Ubisoft’s action-adventure game from Michel Ancel, the man credited with the creation of the highly acclaimed Rayman series, is one of the most respected video games of all time, praised for its rich characters, captivating plot, varied gameplay, and terrific female protagonist. Decades after its release, fans finally got a brief glimpse of the long-awaited sequel when the trailer for Beyond Good & Evil 2 debuted last week at E3.
First announced in 2008, Beyond Good & Evil 2 is billed by Ubisoft as the spiritual successor to the 2003 original and will be both a single player and co-op multiplayer experience set at the center of an interstellar trade and colonization in the Milky Way of the 24th century. Where the original Beyond Good & Evil was a fairly straightforward third-person action adventure, the sequel is something far more complex. A core element of the game is the ability to explore several different planets via space travel and to power this, Ancel and the Ubisoft Montpellier team started building a solar system simulation tool about three years prior to the E3 2017 reveal. While three years may seem like a long time, Ancel did confirm that they are only at “day zero” for the game’s development, so fans still have a long way to wait. In the meantime, Ubisoft has released a fourteen-minute video featuring Michel Ancel playing a very early tech demo (embedded below) and they’ve invited fans to get involved in the development with an initiative called the Space Monkey Program. You can find all the information on how to participate on the game’s website.