Michel Ancel Says Beyond Good & Evil 2 is at "Day Zero of Development"

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Michel Ancel Says Beyond Good & Evil 2 is at "Day Zero of Development"

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We saw Beyond Good & Evil 2 at E3 this year, but it could be a long time before we actually get to play it.

After hearing that Beyond Good & Evil 2 wasn't making it to E3 this year, most gamers were understandably surprised when Ubisoft closed out its press conference by showing off a cinematic for the game. While the cinematic looked cool, it seemed to be a big change from the tone of the original game, and there was no gameplay footage to show us how it would actually play. It runs out there's a good reason for that, as series creator Michel Ancel says that BG&E2 is still at "day zero of development."

The statement was made in an interview with The Verge, which featured Ancel saying that, "There's still a lot of work to do, but we now really believe that we're going to make this game."

The team started working on the game three years ago, but before the game could begin, it had to build the tech to support it. After creating what would be best described as a solar simulation tool, work on the game recently began.

"When you don't have this technology, you can't really start the game," Ancel explained. "It's too difficult. But now we can say for sure that we will make this game, we'll finish it. Because we have the technology for it." He said that the game is currently in "day zero of development."

If you read the whole interview, you'll see that even Ancel isn't exactly sure what Beyond Good & Evil 2 will ultimately turn out to be, and that sort of uncertainty means that an actual playable version of this game could still be years away.

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This just in, we sold a game that hasn't got SHIT made. Way to sell smoke and mirrors to an audience.

In other words, it's as likely to represent the final game as Dead Island's was.

Well, it's Ubisoft. They're just doing their thing with this, rather, it would have been newsworthy if they released a solid game without anticonsumerist bullshit, juvenile skullduggery, utter contempt for their own customers or just stooping to baffling levels of blatant stupidity.

Nice article image BTW, fits well.

So... don't expect Beyond Good and Evil until the NEXT generation like the last teaser. Seriously, too busy making the next 5 Assassins Creed games to focus on something else.

I knew it! Its another holding the game hostage, where you have to buy other games to prove how much you're willing to play it. They just mocked up a trailer and that's it. No game at all.

*sees the game melt in his hands and leave chocolate stains*

Me: "...What? ...WHAAAT?!"

Ubisoft: "What what? That's top tier cinematics, gamer!" *Laughs, and then grapple hooks away with my stolen hopes and dreams*

Seriously. Day ZERO?! They don't even have the most basic gameplay done or programmed or anything yet?! And yet they hyped us up with that badass trailer?!

...Ugh...I feel like I just got conned like that pig mafia guy. So basically, there's a half decent chance that the game might not happen still, because of any number of problems, because all they have is the basic tech for it. ;_;

Ukomba:
In other words, it's as likely to represent the final game as Dead Island's was.

Or indeed as likely to represent the final product as that other trailer for Beyond Good and Evil 2 was.

What a joke. Basically, nothing whatsoever has changed re: Beyond Good and Evil 2 - it's still vaporware. Ubisoft just decided to release a trailer and stuck the series' name on it to generate some hype.

I'm calling it now: it will be cancelled early next year once Vivendi completes its hostile takeover of Ubisoft as the game will not be considered profitable enough.

Wait? Didn't they tease this game years ago? What the heck were they doing all this time if there is zero to show for it?

You know what? GOOD. I hated the trailer.

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot had this to say: "We here at Ubisoft know that Mr. Ancel is very excited to make this game, but as much as we'd like to allow him, we're still unsure of how profitable it will be after all of these years, so we're basically just making him dance on the same puppet strings that we have all of you consumers on right now." At the look of confusion on the face of the reporter he was speaking with, he added, "Oh, was I not supposed to reveal that?"

So you made a flashy, rather lengthy cinematic trailer full of characters, possible plot, and locations that you aren't even 100% sure about yet?

"Here's the worlds most pristine and ornate picture frame."
"Neat. Where's the painting?"
"*scoff*, I haven't even bought the paint yet."

Excited yet? Guess what, we've got nothing. Everything we've said is entirely meaningless vapid bullshit.

Meanwhile, at the Legion of Doom, Yves Guillemot is laughing maniacally at it all.

*claps* Well I knew something like this was bound to happen but Ubisoft fucks up again. They've done exactly what they did last time, mock up a CGI trailer and then hand wave about the fact they're actually going to do something with it. In other words we'll see another "direction change" in 8-10 years time with another CGI trailer as they plan to release the third game in the series instead of a sequel or prequel alongside a new CGI trailer showing space donkeys being hijacked by a kid and their monkey.

"...creating what would be best described as a solar simulation tool..."

Why just why bother doing that? It's clearly the base for some unruly fuel/power system but who in their right mind thinks that players would, after how the original game was, enjoy messing about with such a thing if they even did bother making such a system? I mean christ almighty, how do they think doing this twice is a good thing?!?

Seriously at this rate it would be faster for some indie team to covertly build a fan version of BG&E2 call it Morality's Sins (or Lies of the Creator for a real burn).

ProfMcStevie:
This just in, we sold a game that hasn't got SHIT made. Way to sell smoke and mirrors to an audience.

EscapeGoat:

Ukomba:
In other words, it's as likely to represent the final game as Dead Island's was.

Or indeed as likely to represent the final product as that other trailer for Beyond Good and Evil 2 was.

What a joke. Basically, nothing whatsoever has changed re: Beyond Good and Evil 2 - it's still vaporware. Ubisoft just decided to release a trailer and stuck the series' name on it to generate some hype.

Nile McMorrow:
*claps* Well I knew something like this was bound to happen but Ubisoft fucks up again. They've done exactly what they did last time, mock up a CGI trailer and then hand wave about the fact they're actually going to do something with it. In other words we'll see another "direction change" in 8-10 years time with another CGI trailer as they plan to release the third game in the series instead of a sequel or prequel alongside a new CGI trailer showing space donkeys being hijacked by a kid and their monkey.

"...creating what would be best described as a solar simulation tool..."

Why just why bother doing that? It's clearly the base for some unruly fuel/power system but who in their right mind thinks that players would, after how the original game was, enjoy messing about with such a thing if they even did bother making such a system? I mean christ almighty, how do they think doing this twice is a good thing?!?

Seriously at this rate it would be faster for some indie team to covertly build a fan version of BG&E2 call it Morality's Sins (or Lies of the Creator for a real burn).

It seems most of you didn't see the speech that Michel Ancel gave during the reveal. It is very clear that the team is working hard on this game and was simply happy to share with everyone the fact that they were indeed working on the game. All this negativity (real jerk-like comments) is really unwarranted to a guy who was in tears because of the mere fact he was able to make a sequel/prequel to a game he loved.

In all honesty, fellow escapist members, y'all are a bit up your own asses in this thread.

So basically what we have been shown is just another teaser without anything bahind it, like the ones we have been fed over the previous 15 years? Basically, no progress at all?

I cant quote Nathaniel Grey and snip ,cause im on a tablet

BUT

After multiple delays, ten Years of bologna, PROVEN lies, and the francise being held hostage

The fans have earned the right to be cynical, jaded jerks.

They have said they "have started work on it for realsies this time bros" before

Cmon, the company and its actions are beyond defendable, piss off. Its corperate bootlickers like you that let the "games industry" get where its at.

DeliveryGodNoah:
So you made a flashy, rather lengthy cinematic trailer full of characters, possible plot, and locations that you aren't even 100% sure about yet?

"Here's the worlds most pristine and ornate picture frame."
"Neat. Where's the painting?"
"*scoff*, I haven't even bought the paint yet."

I am personally humiliated that this time I thought it was legit. I knew I didn't see any gameplay but I figured at the very least that everything we saw was going to hint of structure set up or something. And then there was the entire presentation that came afterwards with signs of customization character selection and what have you. Frankly it seems like it wasn't a continuation Jade story it was a continuation of the setting and set up hopefully dealing with the complexities and nuances that they wanted it first. It was a sequel in the way that Madeleine l'engle's books were sequels similar setting and themes but entirely different plot and concerns even if it had similar characters. At least that's what I hope

Parasondox:
Wait? Didn't they tease this game years ago? What the heck were they doing all this time if there is zero to show for it?

Pretty much. So as I expected, it's never gonna happen. And at this point, even if it does, it'll just be another Duke Nukem Forever. What a joke. A worthless, pathetic joke.

Chimpzy:
Holy music o3o

That song was awesome! Didn't expect to hear that in a cartoon

Nathaniel Grey:
It seems most of you didn't see the speech that Michel Ancel gave during the reveal. It is very clear that the team is working hard on this game and was simply happy to share with everyone the fact that they were indeed working on the game. All this negativity (real jerk-like comments) is really unwarranted to a guy who was in tears because of the mere fact he was able to make a sequel/prequel to a game he loved.

In all honesty, fellow escapist members, y'all are a bit up your own asses in this thread.

I absolutely loathe this "shut up and be grateful" mentality in some gamers.
Grateful for what? A teaser trailer? They already made one nine years ago.

Even if you fell for that one in 2008, at least it looked like a sequel to Beyond Good and Evil.
Nine years later: have another trailer. Now it's a prequel, so fuck those characters you liked and fuck if we're addressing that infamous cliffhanger ending. Have a repulsive chav chimp with a gun, mothafucka mothafucka for dialogue and things going boom.
Not only did Ancel not give us anything, he managed to take something: the hope a beloved cult game would get a decent sequel.
Thanks for fucking nothing is what he's getting.

Johnny Novgorod:
You know what? GOOD. I hated the trailer.

Hear fucking hear!

Johnny Novgorod:

Nathaniel Grey:
It seems most of you didn't see the speech that Michel Ancel gave during the reveal. It is very clear that the team is working hard on this game and was simply happy to share with everyone the fact that they were indeed working on the game. All this negativity (real jerk-like comments) is really unwarranted to a guy who was in tears because of the mere fact he was able to make a sequel/prequel to a game he loved.

In all honesty, fellow escapist members, y'all are a bit up your own asses in this thread.

I absolutely loathe this "shut up and be grateful" mentality in some gamers.
Grateful for what? A teaser trailer? They already made one nine years ago.

Good, for a second there I thought I had a stroke and just imagined the fact that they have already done this exact same thing before: put out a purely CG video with a big "Beyond Good And Evil 2" stamp on it that has fuck-all to do with anything. Evidently my mental faculties are still with me...for the time being.

See you guys in another decade. :^)

A teaser trailer followed by a teaser trailer, this time treated like an announcement... fuck off ubisoft.

[basks in the oh-so-delicious schadenfreude this thread gives]

Y'all need Jesus and a chill pill. If there's "nothing to work with", then there's nothing to really comment on beyond "Eh, we'll find out later". Certainly nothing to get so worked up about.

Johnny Novgorod:
I absolutely loathe this "shut up and be grateful" mentality in some gamers.

How'sabout "shut up, you're lowering the property values"?

I dream of the day I see people on this forum taking a neutral or mildly disappointed response to stuff like this, rather than pure hatred. No wonder you're never listened to.

lacktheknack:

How'sabout "shut up, you're lowering the property values"?
I dream of the day I see people on this forum taking a neutral or mildly disappointed response to stuff like this, rather than pure hatred. No wonder you're never listened to.

"But they promised to take my money! They promised they'd let me buy their pointless entertainment product whenever they got around to making it! THEY PROMISED! THEY PROMISED!"

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Seriously. Why ANYONE is upset over ANY aspect of this, either way, is just mind-bogglingly stupid. I don't get it.

IT'S JUST A FUCKING ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCT, PEOPLE. Maybe don't lose your shit over it?

Christ, I want a sequel as much as the next 'fan' of the original, but getting upset over getting a somewhat neat, in-universe cinematic is just....ugh, I have no words adequate enough to describe this stupidity.

Parasondox:
Wait? Didn't they tease this game years ago? What the heck were they doing all this time if there is zero to show for it?

There's got to be a valve/half life joke for this. Hell, I hate to say it, but at least Valve doesn't troll it's fans with trailers every so often for something that effectively doesn't exist and probably won't be anything like the game people liked. They just prefer to be obnoxiously obtuse about the whole thing.

Elvis Starburst:

Chimpzy:
Holy music o3o

That song was awesome! Didn't expect to hear that in a cartoon

It's from Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, a theatrical movie set in the Batman Animated Series universe.

I take it you haven't seen it? You should, if you're into Batman. It's really good. I consider it one of the best Batman movies overall.

I already said I was witholding judgment and going in with average expectations. With this news we know that the trailer tells us bugger all, meaning I am now witholding even more judgement.

lacktheknack:
I dream of the day I see people on this forum taking a neutral or mildly disappointed response to stuff like this, rather than pure hatred. No wonder you're never listened to.

To be fair I'd say loathing the new teaser's pretty damn reasonable given the bizarre tonal shift from BG&E.

Jim Sterling's knowing 'reaction' vid to the teaser re its language was brilliant ("Thrice, and a bastard!"), but I was completely taken aback and I do detest that obnoxious chimp and pig. If BG&E2 is in the very early stages (FUCKIN' STILL... ), then good; perhaps they can drop the odious tone and get back to the spirit of the original.

Gamer culture is so often idiotically self-entitled, but BG&E2's becoming a bit of a joke at this point.

lacktheknack:

Johnny Novgorod:
I absolutely loathe this "shut up and be grateful" mentality in some gamers.

How'sabout "shut up, you're lowering the property values"?

I dream of the day I see people on this forum taking a neutral or mildly disappointed response to stuff like this, rather than pure hatred. No wonder you're never listened to.

You're not keeping a very good tally, tallyman. I'll have your badge.

Can't we just stop? Can we stop talking about this?

They aren't going to make this game. Not ever.

NOT EVER. <--- Surely the all caps makes it clear?

Even supposing they somehow, against the literally 100% probability of them NOT MAKING THIS GAME EVER, actually made this game...

It would not live up to your expectations. It would be produced by the "AAA" space that occupies THIS generation, as opposed to the one in control when the original BG&E was made, along with this generations demanding, lazy, whining audiences, and this generations greedy, lying, contemptful studios.

So... Let's stop, okay?

Chimpzy:
I take it you haven't seen it? You should, if you're into Batman. It's really good. I consider it one of the best Batman movies overall.

Not really into superheroes in general, so I wouldn't have. I'll at least look up the soundtrack though, thanks for the tip!

Johnny Novgorod:

Nathaniel Grey:
It seems most of you didn't see the speech that Michel Ancel gave during the reveal. It is very clear that the team is working hard on this game and was simply happy to share with everyone the fact that they were indeed working on the game. All this negativity (real jerk-like comments) is really unwarranted to a guy who was in tears because of the mere fact he was able to make a sequel/prequel to a game he loved.

In all honesty, fellow escapist members, y'all are a bit up your own asses in this thread.

I absolutely loathe this "shut up and be grateful" mentality in some gamers.
Grateful for what? A teaser trailer? They already made one nine years ago.

Even if you fell for that one in 2008, at least it looked like a sequel to Beyond Good and Evil.
Nine years later: have another trailer. Now it's a prequel, so fuck those characters you liked and fuck if we're addressing that infamous cliffhanger ending. Have a repulsive chav chimp with a gun, mothafucka mothafucka for dialogue and things going boom.
Not only did Ancel not give us anything, he managed to take something: the hope a beloved cult game would get a decent sequel.
Thanks for fucking nothing is what he's getting.

I never said to shut up and be grateful, I said that this announcement, that was clearly made with care and love (and again I do stress that notion after seeing Michel Ansel speak), is being met with an unwarranted amount of anger, cynicism, and general negativity. They tried to say to fans, "yes we are indeed working on this." And the common sentiment in this thread is that for some reason it is a trick. Based on the way he talked, and the man himself, it clearly isn't. The announcement was much more of a statement that, Ubisoft Montpellier, and more importantly Michel Ansel, will be working on solely this game until it is complete. When they produced the trailer, that you showed above, they were indeed developing a game that was going to be a direct sequel to beyond good and evil, but they changed their mind. They can do that.

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