Without Michel Ancel, there’s no real captain on board: reportedly, Ubisoft is not far away from saying goodbye to Beyond Good & Evil 2, which has been announced for years but is still stuck in one place.
The long-awaited Beyond Good & Evil sequel has been in the works for more than eight years now and may have been thwarted by the departure of Michel Ancel, who created the franchise after Rayman. Ancel was one of those accused of harassment in last year’s Ubisoft scandal, which could have led to him departing to deal with wildlife, and let’s be honest: it’s not a game we hear about that often, while at least Skull & Bones is slowly being (re)developed at the Singapore studio.
You could say, oh, surely this will be one of Ubisoft’s AAAA games (that was supposed to be four A’s), but Tom Henderson on Twitter isn’t so optimistic. “Beyond Good & Evil 2 is suffering a development crisis from a lack of creative direction since the title went into development, which was worsened by Michael Ancel’s departure from the studio in September 2020. What’s worse is that the game currently doesn’t fit with Ubisoft’s future ambitions and goals with future titles. The game has been described as “Skull & Bones 2.0″, and although the game hasn’t been canned officially, some developers believe it’s a matter of time before it is,” he wrote.
Although Beyond Good & Evil 2 was announced years ago, it’s planned to launch in the fiscal year that runs from 2023 to 2024. We don’t know what Ubisoft would release it for (the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, PC, Google Stadium, Amazon Luna quintet seems realistic…). Still, the project will likely be in the trash because we don’t see how the French company can bring the concept back to life.
And now we thought of something that could be the typical awkward question: will Ubisoft swallow the music submitted during the previously announced music program only for them to remain unused?