The writer and director of Beyond Good & Evil, Michel Ancel, has released a second piece of artwork this week that many believe to be concept art for the hugely wanted sequel to the critically acclaimed game. At release, Beyond Good & Evil suffered from poor sales figures and Ubisoft have been reluctant to invest in a sequel because of it. But having heard very little for almost eight years, Beyond Good & Evil 2 may still be in the pipeline.
The image in question (left) was posted on his Instagram page that features an anthropomorphic shark, in a familiar attire and style to the same species featured in the original game. Fans may remember Rufus, a hovercraft racer that could be found at the Akuda bar. While Rufus looked far more friendly, this one looks a lot more dangerous.
This isn’t the first artwork to be posted this week, that has been associated with the Beyond Good & Evil sequel. On September 27th, Ancel also posted a second image (right) depicting a human male engineer-type character with a humanoid piglet on his shoulder, which many believe to be a young Pey’j from the first game.
It is also highly speculated that this male engineer is the father to the first game’s protagonist Jade.
Beyond Good & Evil was a sci-fi, adventure game following investigative reporter and martial artist, Jade, who works with a resistance movement to reveal a planet-wide alien conspiracy. The game featured a combination of puzzle-solving and stealth gameplay as well as direct, martial arts combat with her combat staff (also called a Jō) and obtaining photographic evidence.
Ancel envisioned the game as part of a trilogy, but despite being critically acclaimed and receiving a nomination for “Game of the Year” in 2004, it was a commercial failure.
Beyond Good & Evil 2 was officially announced to be in the pipeline back in 2008 but very little has surfaced since then. A teaser trailer was released for the sequel at the time of its announcement as was some suspected gameplay footage, but nothing concrete to give fans hope for the future of the game.
At E3 2016, Ubisoft Chief Executive Yves Guillemot did confirm that Beyond Good & Evil 2 is still alive but failed to confirm that it was actively in development. Guillemot went on to the explain that they “don’t just want Beyond Good & Evil 2, [they] want a fantastic Beyond Good & Evil 2. You don’t want us to bring it back as something that isn’t perfect. That’s the challenge we are facing.”
Beyond Good & Evil 2 is happening, but when is an entirely different question. It’s been eight years since it was announced and for eight years we have heard very little. It’s possible that these teasing images are pointing towards a more imminent future for the franchise, but for now, we’ll just have to sit tight and wait for more news.
A remastered edition of Beyond Good & Evil is currently available for Xbox 360 and PS3.