Your annual dosage of new Beyond Good & Evil rumors are finally here. The newest speculation about a new game in the series this time stems from creator of the series Michel Ancel and the artwork he posted on Instagram, which features a male engineer-looking character with a pig on top of him.
The image is accompanied by a caption that reads, “Somewhere in system 4…Thanks Ubisoft for making this possible!”
The caption seems to hint that the publisher has greenlighted another game in the series. The image itself doesn’t lend any credence to the nature of the game, sequel or prequel, but it has left many fans speculating that the male character is Jade’s (protagonist in the first game) father and the pig is a young version of Pey’j (also from the first game).
The last time Ubisoft in an official capacity showed a follow-up entry was back in 2009 when it showed Beyond Good & Evil 2. After a long-spree of new information many thought the game to be cancelled.
However, as recently as last E3, Yves Guillemot, Ubisoft’s chief executive, confirmed that the game was still alive, but didn’t confirm its development status.
“It’s difficult to say,” Guillemot said. “Michel is working on it, but he’s doing two games at the same time–he’s doing Wild at the same time. It’s coming along, but he has to spend more time on it, so we can see it faster.”
Even more recently in an interview with GameSpot, Guillemot revealed why they aren’t rushing the game.
“It’s not only the desires that are important, it’s can our team come up with something that will be a revolution,” he said. “You don’t just want Beyond Good & Evil 2, you want a fantastic Beyond Good & Evil 2. You don’t want us to bring it back as something that isn’t perfect. That’s a challenge we’re facing; we have to come back with something crazy and something that will be great.”
By all accounts, it appears the game is still alive, and going by Ancel’s latest post, it may be back in active development.
This will undoubtedly be another game that will never be able to live up to the hype that has gathered around it. Still, I’m excited to see the game, but who knows when that would be. My best guess would be sometime in 2018.
Tyler Fischer is a Senior Writer for MONG who plays video games when he’s not busy researching alien conspiracy theories at 2AM. You can find him on Twitter.