Ubisoft seems to have abandoned work on the sequel to Beyond Good & Evil, according to word out of Gamescom that the title is "on hold for now."
A few weeks ago I cautioned you guys not to get your hopes up for anything Beyond Good & Evil 2, as the future of the title looked uncertain after it was a no-show at E3 and Ubisoft made remarks that were equivocal about the franchise's future. Now it seems that the worst has come true as a report from Gamersyde has it that work on the title has been effectively halted for the time being.
"I got confirmation at Cologne's Gamescom that Beyond Good & Evil 2 is on hold for now," Gamersyde's Colin Solal Cardo wrote in a Twitter update. "No idea if it's def or temporary but it sucks."
It does suck, but it's not altogether surprising. "Whether or not it comes out remains to be seen anyway, but we didn't want to abandon that IP because it has a cache and authenticity about it," Ubisoft's Laurent Detoc said last month. "There's something very pure about that game and it's too bad that we were not able to build it as an IP at the time."
Too bad that they're not able to build it as an IP at this time, either, apparently. Detoc had said that there was a team that has "been working on some Beyond Good and Evil stuff," but whether or not a game would actually come of it remained to be seen. For now, it seems, there won't be one.
I've dropped a line at Ubisoft to find out what's going on.