Now I’m not sure how far back your gaming lineage goes, but Rayman creator Michel Ancel made an absolute blinder of a game called Beyond Good and Evil back in November 2003. Unfortunately this game slipped through the cracks of many a gamers mind. With poor sales despite rave critical reception, this game was consigned to the bargain bins after only a few month. What many missed was an absolute master class in story telling and interaction.
Well, the great news was unveiled back in 2008 that Michel Ancel and Ubisoft were working on a sequel to the much-loved title. Trouble is, everything has been deathly quiet over at Ubisoft’s French HQ about the games development, prompting many to ask where it was. Earlier this year a Ubisoft Exec went on record as saying the games was “Still in development” and many breathed a heavy sigh of relief – until now.
A rumour has now broken forth, via a French source, stating that Ancel, along with another “star developer”, have removed themselves from the employ of Ubisoft. The reason being that they want to set up and manage their own production company in France. This has immediately prompted the notion that Beyond Good and Evil 2 is dead in the water. Without the main creative force behind the project it would be hard to proceed.
What lends weight to this particular revelation is that multiple rumors have been swirling since the initial teaser trailer was shown back in 2008 that Ancel and Ubisoft were at odds over the games development and direction. If this game is actually canned, then it will be a very sad day indeed. The promise of this game was one of the things I had been most looking forward to at E3. We will see what transpires over the coming few days and weeks.
Beyond Good and Evil 2 teaser trailer follows: