The original Beyond Good & Evil released all the way back in 2003. Though it launched to critical acclaim, the game was a commercial failure. Beyond Good & Evil's cult following has always hoped for another installment in the series, but despite Ubisoft's teasing late last year, no one ever expected to see it after such a long time.
At Ubisoft's E3 presentation, Beyond Good & Evil fans were treated to a beautiful surprise and many others discovered Beyond Good & Evil for the first time. Nearly 15 years after the release of the original title, Ubisoft released a cinematic trailer for Beyond Good & Evil 2.
Some viewers understood the gravity of what they were seeing.
Others were dazzled, discovering Beyond Good & Evil for the first time.
Some individuals, such as Executive Editor of IGN Marty Sliva, are currently regretting their life choices.
Once the cinematic wrapped, some viewers served up a grim reminder of just how long it's been since the original game.
In the tech world, fifteen years can feel like an eternity.
Perhaps it's too early to get our hopes up, but if Kingdom Hearts III might finally be happening, BGE2 might be real, too. Beyond Good & Evil creator and Creative Director Michel Ancel certainly seemed to think it was real. After the game's brand new cinematic finished rolling on-stage, he teared up on stage. Who could blame him? His baby has been fifteen years in the making.
Beyond Good & Evil 2 currently has no release date, but Ubisoft encourages fans to sign up for its Space Monkey program on the game's official website for future news and testing opportunities. The emphasis, unfortunately, is on future. Their website states:
Join all the Space Monkeys on the dev team – and around the world – to crash-test, discuss and inspire everything from character design, to cultural influences, to the flight controls on our massive star-faring vessels… We want you by our side at the earliest stages of development and throughout production to take part in the adventure!
After being blown away by #BeyondGoodEvil2's beautiful cinematic, seeing the words "earliest stages of development" has a way of taking the wind out of your sails. We're all hyped today, but game development being what it is, we might not get our hands on this beautiful sci-fi adventure for years.