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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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27 comments

  • Openwound - June 1, 2010 3:55 p.m.

    http://gonintendo.com/viewstory.php?id=94747
  • Link555 - May 29, 2010 4:20 p.m.

    What a shame, I enjoyed the first game so much.
  • VirAetas - May 29, 2010 2:43 p.m.

    Amazon does not charge too much for it. It's an amazing game. Ahh that engrished translation was ripe for a gong sound. Since it's only used for non-asian gaffes. hardy har har recaptcha: palmed Argentina (Its only weakness!)
  • mastersworded - May 29, 2010 12:12 p.m.

    That's really disapointing news. BG&E was easily one of my favourite games from last gen.
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  • TheWebSwinger - May 29, 2010 2:54 a.m.

    Oh my aching heart. Jk. Gary Coleman's passing is much sadder :(
  • WillisTron - May 29, 2010 12:32 a.m.

    Hey show Gary some respect
  • Spybreak8 - May 28, 2010 10:58 p.m.

    Noooo, ahh that sucks. First I find out they've cancelled Dollhouse and The Forgotten. Now this!?! WHYYyyy are there so many dumb ass mainstream chumps out there to ruin it for the rest of us creatives?!
  • PanzerDSS - May 28, 2010 10:52 p.m.

    This is like handing a kid a puppy, letting him get attached, then taking it away, only to let the kid see it again, then kill it. Boo Ubi!
  • Metroidhunter32 - May 28, 2010 10:45 p.m.

    Never played the first so I don't feel to distressed. I've heard a bunch of good stuff about it, but amazon charges to much for it, and I can't rent it anymore.
  • sleepy92ismypsn - May 28, 2010 10:19 p.m.

    PTOM has been showing us that same screenshot of that pig for years i didn't know there was a teaser til now. it doesn't look like it's that far into developement. I will give the first one a playthrough sometime.
  • Darkhawk - May 28, 2010 10:17 p.m.

    All right, here's my stab at a real translation: "Hot off the presses! Sources close to Ubisoft Montpellier have revealed to us that Michel Ancel has quit the "BG&E2 Ship" and has left to found another studio (the name of which we were not told) with one of his star developers (again, no name has been given). Also according to the same source, this change in situation is likely the result of internal problems with Ubisoft during the development (which has already advanced quite far) of BG&E2. Ancel has previously expressed his desire to return to more "classical" gaming (i.e. 2D). It logically follows that the development process of BG&E2 has again been put on hold, and we may be talking about a total cancellation of the project. (We still) wait to hear an official announcement from the two parties, but know nevertheless that this information is not a rumour and will be confirmed in the weeks to come (at E3 for example. However, Michel Ancel should not be quitting the "bosom" of Ubisoft and we do not know exactly the conditions that were in place for this deal." The last sentence is a bit confusing, as "bosom" is a french expression I don't really know how to translate. I think it means he's maintaining ties to Ubi, but I could be wrong.
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - May 28, 2010 10:14 p.m.

    No! Arse.
  • PrimeSynergy - May 28, 2010 10:14 p.m.

    So Ubisoft dumps money into making a new HAWX, but they let BG&E 2 sink? Hmmmm
  • GamesRadarCharlieBarratt - May 28, 2010 10:10 p.m.

    Thanks for the translation, Caio! I appreciate its accuracy, even if it's not nearly as fun to read.
  • Caio - May 28, 2010 10:07 p.m.

    The original text reads something like this: "Attention, exclusive news. Sources close to Ubisoft Montpellier have revealed to us that Michel Ancel had abandoned the BGE2 ship and gone off to found a new studio (no name disclosed yet) with one of his colleague developers (name also undisclosed). According to the same source, this situation was caused by internal problems at Ubisoft during the development (which was already wll under way) of BGE2. Ancel had already expressed his desire to return to making more classic, 2D games. It would be simply logic to assume that the development of BGE2 has been paused, if not pure and simply cancelled. We should wait for an official announcement from both parties, to see if this info is not only a rumor and exposed as such in the next weeks (at E3, for instance). Finally, Michel Ancel probably hasn't have left the bosom of Ubisoft and we do not know in what circumstances the ordeal happened." That's pretty much it. Would be a shame if it was true.
  • lampak - May 28, 2010 9:54 p.m.

    I was looking forward to this game... Besides, you've forgotten about this short gameplay footage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31QEERV4Rdc&feature=related
  • tayls - May 28, 2010 9:38 p.m.

    As much as I wanted this game, I know the mainstream relevance is down below zero at this point. Ubi has no problem shitting out whatever will sell...but the sequel to an artistic, smart game is always going to end up on the back burner. Now that it's to be cancelled (most likely), only the intelligent gamers will feel the pain. Which is about 5% of us, hence it not moving forward.
  • rockstarsean - May 28, 2010 9:24 p.m.

    Today's sad news will be no small loss to us fans

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