It was a shock to see Beyond Good and Evil 2 on stage during Ubisoft's E3 conference earlier this week, particularly when creator Michel Ancel previously suggested it wouldn't appear at the show at all. Unlike 2003's original, which was a semi-linear open-world adventure, Beyond Good and Evil 2 will offer a much larger play space, with the team at Ubisoft Montpellier crafting a fully-simulated star system with several planets and numerous cities that can be fully explored. In an interview with The Verge (via Videogamer), despite the hype, Ancel has now described the status of Beyond Good and Evil 2 as at "day zero of development"-which speaks directly to this omission".
You can find out more about Beyond Good and Evil 2, which is coming to Xbox One, PS4 and PC, in the behind the scenes video below, and you can join the Space Monkey Program to help shape the game, here. Fight alongside unforgettable characters in a stunning new solar system, as you struggle for freedom and the right to determine your own fate among the stars.
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The game's blatant shift in tone divided fans of the original on social media, despite only showing off some well engineered CGI footage in lieu of actual gameplay. While private enterprises fight over resources and power, the first colonists weave together the rich and diverse spiritual and cultural heritages of Old Earth to give meaning to their existence.
You can check out the new Beyond Good and Evil 2 video as well as the trailer in the player below.
The fact that Beyond Good and Evil 2 had to be shown to Ubisoft before it was finally given the green light to start being made is definitely a good start to the game.