E3 made the impossible seem not only probable, it introduced some projects that we never even dreamed we’d see. Shenmue 3, The Last Guardian, and a freakin’ Final Fantasy VII remake. I mean, whoa right.
Despite all the goodwill from publishers this past convention, one vaporware title fans have been looking forward to was not a beneficiary of this trend: Ubisoft’s Beyond Good & Evil 2. Not only did the MIA sequel not pop up at the show, it might now even be without its director.
Speaking with IGN, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Ubisoft Tony Key stated that Rayman and Beyond Good & Evil creator Michel Ancel was too busy with his own affairs, like starting up his own indie studio, to be working on the sequel.
“So he’s a busy guy right now. But no…. He’s got things going on and I can’t really comment on his bandwidth. I know he’s very busy. We still work with him on things.”
Ubisoft stepped in to correct this statement, assuring that Ancel still works with Ubisoft but failed to mention any specifics.
“What was reported by IGN is untrue. Michel is still leading creative development of several exciting projects being developed by Ubisoft Montpellier.”
So which is it? Neither comment is specific as to whether Ancel is working on Beyond Good & Evil 2. Both merely imply he’s busy. Either way, I wouldn’t put too much stock into either of these comments because E3 2015 was the year of “Hey! Here’s that game you’ve wanted for a decade!” Ubisoft and EA are already thinking of ways to top their competition next year, and Ubisoft is sitting on a megaton.
Who knows? Maybe next year, goodwill and surprises won’t be in vogue. You missed your chance!
I wouldn’t count out E3 2016 if Ubisoft is serious about following up its promises to put the game on the newest consoles. Who knows? We’ve seen less likely revivals come true, at least five of them in the last few days.