BEYOND GOOD & EVIL 2
Developer/publisher Ubisoft (Montpellier) Format TBA Release TBA
You might not be interested in Beyond Good & Evil 2, but Ubisoft certainly gives plenty of fucks about it. This was surely the sweariest E3 trailer of all time, with most of the filth coming from a cockney simian whose voice actor appears to have stumbled accidentally into the wrong booth while looking for Guy Ritchie’s latest project. A CG trailer may not tell us much about Michel Ancel’s long-awaited game – aside from its foul mouth, anyway – but for most, a chance to simply lay eyes on such a long-awaited game was more than enough.
Behind closed doors at E3, however, more emerges. This is a large, seamless online game, playable alone or with others. The ship seen at the end of the trailer forms your base of operations, housing your crewmates, and smaller craft you’ll use to zip around planetside. At the touch of a button, you can exit, before setting off on your jetpack. If you’re thinking that three modes of transport suggests a world of some scale, well done – it looks vast, with the Asian-style city of Ganesh shown in the trailer merely one city on a continent, on a single planet, that orbits a bigger planet, that’s just one of many in the universe. Everything is physically lit, governed by the shifting position of a planet in relation to the sun. The whole thing is seamless. No wonder we’ve been waiting 14 years for it. If Ancel and team can truly deliver on this lofty promise, the wait will have been more than worth it.