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Beyond Good & Evil 2 cancelled?

Beyond Good & Evil 2 cancelled?

Beyond Good & Evil 2 was strictly never really properly announced, but now may have been properly cancelled anyway.

Terrible, terrible news may have just arrived as it surfaces that Michel Ancel's planned Beyond Good & Evil 2 may have been cancelled by publishers Ubisoft, again shutting any hope that gamers will get to see another instalment in the series.

The news comes via RockPaperShotgun, who point to the twitter feed of Colin Solal Cardo of Gamesyde, who claims he confirmed the news at GamesCom 2009.

I got confirmation at Cologne’s Gamescom that Beyond Good & Evil 2 is on hold for now," posted Colin. "No idea if it’s def or temporary but it sucks.

The news is hardly surprising of course, with Ubisoft never committing to publishing the game anyway and only confirming that something was in development when it was leaked that pre-production had begun on the long-awaited sequel to Michel Ancel's monstrously moving action-adventure.

"Whether or not it [Beyond Good and Evil 2] comes out remains to be seen anyway," said Ubisoft president Laurent Detoc in an interview last July. "We didn't want to abandon that IP because it has a cachet and authenticity about it. There's something very pure about that game and it's too bad that we were not able to build it as an IP at the time."

Since the news was leaked last year there's been very little news on the series, with our own attempts to try and catch a look at the game at GamesCom 2009 being avoided. The fact that the game has been cancelled should come as no surprise, especially given how poor the first game sold and the current state of the economy.

For those of you not in-the-know, Beyond Good & Evil was the story of an alien world being besieged by an alien race, though the plot focused on exposing the conspiracy at the heart of the invasion and not battling large numbers of aliens. It fused a number of different genres, but was mainly a stealth and puzzle game with one of the best game soundtracks ever. It's also one of the few games to ever bring us to tears.

Disappointed that the game has been shelved? Of course you are - so commiserate in the forums.

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Gunsmith 25th August 2009, 15:10 Quote
WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!?????
Elton 25th August 2009, 15:11 Quote
We can still hope.
Zurechial 25th August 2009, 15:13 Quote
I could be falling for PR persuasion here, but the quote from Laurent Detoc gives me the impression that Ubisoft at least acknowledge the excellence of the game.

Like everything else in the mainstream games industry these days, though, if it's not a headline-grabbing, platinum-selling big-name game then it'll just get put on the backburner.

Why waste time and money on BG&E2 when they've got the Far Cry franchise, amirite?
BentAnat 25th August 2009, 15:21 Quote
:( BG&E was a BRILLIANT game... i just really hope that this is a "temporary hold", but i somehow have my doubts... as Joe said: The original sold very little...
Very sad news indeed.
Elton 25th August 2009, 15:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by Zurechial
I could be falling for PR persuasion here, but the quote from Laurent Detoc gives me the impression that Ubisoft at least acknowledge the excellence of the game.

Like everything else in the mainstream games industry these days, though, if it's not a headline-grabbing, platinum-selling big-name game then it'll just get put on the backburner.

Why waste time and money on BG&E2 when they've got the now utterly destroyed Far Cry franchise, amirite?

There you go, made it more accurate.
Mister_X 25th August 2009, 15:28 Quote
Aww man BG&E was a classic game supremely worthy of a sequel.

Hope it sorts itself out.
alpaca 25th August 2009, 15:49 Quote
bg&e 1 is still available on steam (that's where i found it, played it, cried for it)
but this sucks.
wuyanxu 25th August 2009, 16:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gunsmith
WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!?????
my reactions exactly....... such a shame
bodkin 25th August 2009, 16:15 Quote
NOO, il pay for it myself if I have too (impressive for a 18 year old six former:P)
wafflesomd 25th August 2009, 17:44 Quote
Gaming today sucks.
Diosjenin 25th August 2009, 17:48 Quote
Well, of course they canceled it. Why bother making a unique game with an emotionally engaging story when you can spend the time and money and creative effort on something so much more interesting, like a game where you run around and shoot things?
Nodule 25th August 2009, 18:27 Quote
That's a real shame. I recently replayed BG&E once the news of a sequel came out and it is a truly fantastic game and story. I never did work out why the original didn't sell while some real cack does. You can't even blame the consoles as I think the game featured pretty low just on PC charts.
Star*Dagger 25th August 2009, 19:30 Quote
If you wear a tie or have an MBA you should not be allowed near the gaming industry. The don't teach what it takes to make a great game in University, period.

S*D
CardJoe 25th August 2009, 20:06 Quote
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Originally Posted by Nodule
That's a real shame. I recently replayed BG&E once the news of a sequel came out and it is a truly fantastic game and story. I never did work out why the original didn't sell while some real cack does. You can't even blame the consoles as I think the game featured pretty low just on PC charts.

It was a mis-match of audience from the fact that it looks like a kids game, but really isn't. Also, it came out in Summer and wasn't really advertised or marketted at all.
Solidus 25th August 2009, 20:29 Quote
I must admit i have never played it. Looks quite odd from the article picture...is that a pig in a "john Mclane" wife beaters vest?

o_O
Gunsmith 25th August 2009, 21:53 Quote
Diosjenin 25th August 2009, 22:52 Quote
Wasn't it released like two weeks after Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time?
thehippoz 25th August 2009, 23:01 Quote
yeah the pig wore a wife beater lol.. I might dig this back up, didn't know it was a good game- probably like alot of people- I watched some clips on youtube and said ooook, got filed away
Slizza 26th August 2009, 00:55 Quote
This is so lame, i loved the first game.
Hope this gets revived soon
Adnoctum 26th August 2009, 06:52 Quote
After reading about Joe blubbering away over BG&E, I thought I should check it out. Bought it recently on eBay, installed it on my media PC and I'm waiting for some time to sit down play it.

If I could get it to work on my gaming box, I would have already played it, but Win7RC didn't feel like playing nice with it.

I love the big games, with fantastic graphics and effects, but I'm starting to think that it is the little games that offer a more challenging story (or even more challenging gameplay) like these that are being left behind. With production cost so high, rivalling or even exceeding film and television, it is only the blockbusters and their clones that are guaranteed to make money that are getting produced (see all the cancellations in the last year). What hope for the small, niche games? Would we have been satisfied if the game was made on a generic game engine that is cheap to use, or even on the original engine? I think Joe and many in this thread would have still bought it. Isn't this the sort of game that Steam was supposed to save, with digital distribution direct to customers.
CardJoe 26th August 2009, 07:10 Quote
Unfortunately, I think it was released a bit before Steam was a really big thing, though it is on there now in some regions.
bodkin 26th August 2009, 11:23 Quote
Sigh....This is Little Big Adventure 3 all over again
big kid 27th August 2009, 22:06 Quote
BG&E is my No1 game. The trailer for BG&E2 looked awsome. You cant tell me that games not coming out some time in the future.
Slizza 30th August 2009, 13:23 Quote
Good news!
Sites are now reporting that ubisoft are saying the claims of it being canceled are not true.
http://www.gonintendo.com/viewstory.php?id=94747
big kid 31st August 2009, 21:08 Quote
Well,well. Lets hope ubisoft has given the green light. We need more games like BG&E out there.
thehippoz 31st August 2009, 23:03 Quote
ah cool.. still have to play the first one
Darkefire 1st September 2009, 00:19 Quote
I'm currently playing through the first one (finally). Not bad so far, and certainly a step up from the last three or four games I've tried.
skolapper 3rd September 2009, 16:16 Quote
Ubisoft has disappointed me a lot in the last few years. It started with the deterioration of the quality of the Prince of Persia franchise after Sands of Time culminating in the very average reboot of the franchise on the new consoles. And then there is the new Rayman games on the Wii they dont even include Rayman anymore, which took one of the best platformers ever, and transformed it into a bunch of mini games. I wouldnt be surprised if they disappoint all of us by pulling the plug on Beyond Good & Evil 2, though I sure hope they dont.
thehippoz 3rd September 2009, 17:09 Quote
played some of the first one last night in a vm.. it's actually playable in a vm

suprised it seems to be a pretty good game- those loot races in the cavern were fun.. got up to the second cavern
thehippoz 6th September 2009, 20:23 Quote
wow game is pretty amazing.. thanks I would have never played it- just beat the original a minute ago- what's up with peyj still wearing his boots in the alien lair? I had them in inventory =] a sequel would be perfect- jade having those powers would be very interesting

I can see where they have a problem though.. that pig with a wifebeater and no legs doesn't exactly scream serious game- a bartender cow.. I mean that's pretty creative but :D

the gameplay has the puzzle solving lacking in alot of other games.. like wolfenstien was a mel gibson film and when you open up the box you saw a piece of crap inside
bagman 6th September 2009, 20:48 Quote
i have never played beyond good and evil, and i just saw the video posted by thehippoz and i have to say it looks awesome i would defonitly buy this game if it came out
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