Despite the hints of retailers listing Beyond Good & Evil 2 (http://www.vg247.com/2013/02/06/beyo...s-at-next-gen/), I’m still really worried about whether we will ever get to see it.
From the links below we can see a transition in the name for Michael Ancel’s next project
http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/20...ood-and-evil-2 (He calls his next project Beyond Good & Evil 2)
http://www.edge-online.com/news/beyo...-michel-ancel/ (He keeps the title for his next game secret)
This literally breaks my heart to see the name change. But it kills me even more when I listen to the Beyond Good & Evil soundtrack, whilst typing this. Also have a look at this: http://www.gameranx.com/updates/id/1...-says-ubisoft/. So I’ve come up with two theories on the current development of Beyond Good & Evil.
The first theory is mainly a marketing theory. Despite Ancel not confirming Beyond Good & Evil 2, it could still be in the makes. As we have seen with previous games that have been in development for a long time, they often don’t turn out that great. An example being Duke Nukem: Forever. Thus one might come to the conclusion that all Ancel is doing is trying to deflate the hype around Beyond Good & Evil 2. Therefore when it comes out, gamers won’t be upset after being hyped for so many years.
The second and more likely theory, is that Beyond Good & Evil 2 is still in development and that at this stage Ubisoft are questioning whether they should completely change the story and setting, and making it a completely new IP. This was seen with Sleeping Dogs, as initially it was going to be part of the True Crime series, but then was altered, and why Ubisoft doing this? Well as stated before the hype to this game is quite big, so they may feel that expectations will be too high for Beyond Good & Evil 2 to reach. They may also be considering the marketing aspect. Would Beyond Good & Evil 2 sell better if it was a new IP.