Beyond Good & Evil 2 cancelled?

Sad news today. Gary Coleman? No, much sadder – we may never get to play a videogame that we really, really wanted to play. According to rumors reported by our sister site CVG, and originating from a French gaming blog, the creator of Rayman and Beyond Good & Evil – Michel Ancel – has left publisher Ubisoft to start his own studio. 

Here's the original post on WootGaming.FR, hastily (and hilariously!) run through an online translator:

"Attention, exclusiveness. Close sources d' Ubisoft Montpellier (He yes, we are Montpelliérains!) we revealed that Michel Ancel had left the ship Beyond Good & Evil 2 and had left to found another studio (of which the name was not communicated to us) with one of its developers high-speed motorboats (here still, no name n' circulated). Always according to the same source, this reversal of situation would be due to in-house problems with Ubisoft during the development (which would be already quite advanced) of Beyond Good & Evil 2. Ancel would in addition have affirmed its wish to return to more traditional plays (2D type). It would seem in all logic that the creative process of BGE 2 is once again put in pause, one speaks even d' a pure and simple cancellation of the project."

Clearly, this rumor throws the future of Beyond Good & Evil 2, the sequel to one of the most critically acclaimed games of the past console generation, into serious doubt.  If the property's original mastermind is gone, will Ubisoft want to risk betting more money on something that has never made the company that much money to begin with? Especially when the only buildup so far has been a teaser trailer, released exactly two years ago, followed by a bland assurance in January that the sequel was "still in production"?

Nothing's official yet, but you'd better start bracing yourself for disappointment now.

May 28, 2010

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