Beyond Good & Evil Sequel in Development for Next-Gen Consoles
A French-language interview from 2011 with Ubisoft game designer Michel Ancel was recently posted on YouTube, and a request for translation was made on the NeoGAF forums the other day. Someone answered the call, and now we know that a sequel to Beyond Good & Evil—a critically acclaimed Ubisoft game released during the previous console generation—is currently in development. Interestingly, though, the game won’t be coming out on this current generation of hardware, as Ancel notes that the game is “very ambitious” and that “we need some tech to achieve that ambition”:
“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.”
Ancel added, “We focus on the game. We create it first, then we’ll see what can run it… we don’t say [it will be released in] 2013 because we don’t know when it will come. We’re working to create a great game and it needs more tech.”
Pretty vague stuff. Given how Ubisoft-heavy the alleged Wii U launch titles seem to be, you would think that we could bank on this game coming out for that console when it launches at the end of this year. But because Ancel keeps talking about needing “more tech,” and how rumors point to an underpowered Wii U (relative, of course, to the current hardware generation), I think we may not see this game on the Wii U at all. If, of course, it really is as advanced as Ancel is intimating. We’ll see.