BGAE 2 is a Sci-fi Epic with a Launch Date Far Far Away...
by Maki .April 27, 2020
Cyberpunk 2077, Starfield, Star Citizen.. What do these games have in common? Well they're all ambitious Sci-fi RPG's that promise to deliver action packed, open world madness. They take place in enormous worlds, brimming with life and mystery. Some have release dates and some seem to have no intention of ever actually coming out.. In either case, every year at E3 we get glimpses of these games and are left biting our nails in anticipation for months on end afterwards. But there's one such game, that made a promising step into the limelight years ago, only to subsequently crawl back into the shadows. It was never seen again. Or was it?
A Cult Following
If you haven't guessed by now, or the cover photo didn't completely give it away, what we're talking about is Beyond Good and Evil 2! This is an Ubisoft developed and published title that has been in the works on and off since approximately 2007 - according to an interview with Gamespot in 2008. It is the spiritual successor of Beyond Good and Evil; which garnished quite the cult following, although widely being considered a failure commercially. The original game starred the martial artist and investigative reporter Jade, who's mission is to unveil an alien conspiracy threatening the entire planet. It focused on elements of melee combat, multi-character control, puzzle solving and evidence gathering. In the years following, rumours commonly swirled of a sequel but the most ever accomplished officially was an HD remake in 2011. Fast forward to 2016 though, and a bomb is dropped on a completely unsuspecting audience at E3!
"Welcome to system 3! Our story takes place before the birth of jade, in a multi-ethnic multi-cultural human society in a distant solar system. It is a time when corporations create hybrids in their labs. And enslave them to colonize the stars in order to compete for power and cosmic resources. With our crew of crazy and unforgettable characters we fight in the name of freedom and the right to determine our date among the stars. And we will helm massive star faring vessels through territories as spectacular as they are dangerous."
It's hard to imagine that after that brilliant presentation of optimism, there wouldn't have been a hasty followup announcing a release date. I think we all watched this feeling we were seeing a sort of victory lap, the announcement of a finished project, and perhaps, so did they..
Beyond Good and Evil 2 made appearances at the next 2 E3's, each time with new cinematic trailers and many glimpses into gameplay released in between. Today, most of the in's and out's of this game are known. To name a few;
Create a custom character (human or hybrid) and start with nothing other than basic pirate equipment (Pistol, sword, jetpack) and work your way up the ranks, building your team of pirate companions as you go.
Missions can range from delivering pizza, to bounty hunting, robbing banks or even treasure hunting!
Multi-planet open world, fully explorable with a range of vehicles including your main pirate frigate (for interplanetary travel), fighter ships for traversing to and within planets, jet-bikes and other low orbit vehicles, and a personal jet pack!
Dynamic combat with Sword, gun and special abilities which are customizable and upgradeable.
Online co-op and single player modes
All vehicles can be commandeered and are fully customizable
Space walk outside your ship
Recruit new pirates to join your space crew
Seamless transitions between planets, ships, buildings, etc. (Think like No Man's Sky - except awesome...)
A Community-Built World
As far as community content goes, no one has leveraged it quite as brilliantly has Ubisoft has here. They have partnered with Joseph Gordon-Levitt's collaborative media platform "Hit Record" to produce much of the game's music, scenery and even in-game art! During an E3 stage presentation, they spoke of players being able to contribute to the very world around them. The world could change organically and respond to those collaborating with it, existing as a game world and simultaneously an ever-changing and evolving media platform... I know... that's a lot to digest.
BGAE 2 Release Date Speculation
In 2018, Beyond Good and Evil creator Michel Ancel announced that Ubisoft would have a playable beta available by the end of 2019. However, to this day there has been no word. There is only a signup page on which you can indicate what console you would prefer to play the TBD Beta on, find that here.
According to an article by Gameindustry.biz, Ubisoft's fiscal year plans (April 1 2020 - March 31st, 2021) included 5 AAA titles, and BGAE 2 is not on the list. If that is true, then that means we can't expect to see it until at least April 1st, 2021. Of course a Beta could happen before then, but this seems like a pretty good indicator that the long wait we've had so far, is all but over.
Want to know More?
Over the last couple of years, Ubisoft has actually released a ton of info about this game. Gameplay, story, development and more has been shared rather transparently in a number of interviews and streams by creators. If you are itching to get closer to this Sci-fi epic, here are a few place you can start!
What do you think of this open world action RPG set in a spiritually enlightened sci-fi universe full of hybrid space animal pirates? Could it deliver on that seamless open world space experience that we've been yearning for? No Man's Sky came onto the scene years ago full of promise, and broke our hearts. Sure it's had some redemption since, but I don't think it ever fully capitalized on the dream. Others such as Star Citizen have dazzled us from a far, but never fully taken the stage. Does Beyond Good and Evil 2 have what it takes to define a genre, to capture our imaginations and deliver something truly unique?
Personally, I think that if it does arrive, it has a very solid shot of achieving all of that. Let's just hope it gets the chance. Let us know what you think in the comments below. And as always,
There's a lot to take in from any E3 event. We've attempted to wrap up Nintendo's showcase is an easy to scroll through format for you to see what catches your eye! Keep checking back to see updated information about each game as it's released.
No Man's Sky. This game has gone through hoops to get to where it is today. Having managed to survive the initial flood of (well deserved) poor reviews, they are now in a position to turn that on it's head. Nothing like the original release, NMS is a game that might just eat up every spare second you have.
Ever fancy yourself maybe building games? Perhaps you've thought about it but never looked into how to get started? Well Nintendo has you covered with their latest release! Game Builder Garage! Game Builder Garage Done in classic Nintendo fashion this "game" walks you through the game creation process.
We all knew it was coming and finally Nintendo has confirmed it. Although they are still pretty tight lipped on what exactly the newest Switch will be called. Hopefully they learned from the ridiculous naming mistake of the Wii U. Nintendo recently started spending more on R&D saying it was for “the next platform”. Now
Now I don't talk about DND much on here and I have never talked about anything that is on Kickstarter but this project warranted a mention. Dungeon Full Dive: Make your tabletop world real! looks like an unbelievable possibility coming to PC and VR. Just watching the video gets me excited about playing a game with frie
Not only due to Covid keeping people at home but for so many other reasons Mario Party has not had the option to play against people who aren't sitting right next to you. I guess Nintendo Finally realized that they were failing badly at the "Party" side of Mario party and have updated the issue! Battle your friends to find out who really is the super star.
Although Super Mario Sunshine has been around for a while it still has a large following. Whether you love the game, hate it or haven't played it still plays a major role on the development of the Mario universe. The real question here is, does it hold up to the test of time?
Playstation has come out with everyone's best interests at heart. Our wallets. With the free release of 10 games for both 2D and the VR experience you're sure to find something that interests you. Assuming that you play Playstation that is.
I spent a lot of time looking into what games were worth spending money on for my VR headset. After a lot of time looking into what was out there and testing out a bunch of free ones I landed on BeatSaber being my first real purchase.
Free games tend to be a large hit or miss market. There are some out there that are far too fun and should be charging something. While others aren’t worth the time it takes to download them. Bait is something that falls into the category of being worth the effort.
The initial hurdles of getting into the system can be frustrating. Honestly something that I found a little frustrating was attempting to read my WIFI password and enter it into the VR headset although I can only see where I am typing when I have the headset on. Aside from that the main struggles were just related to learning how to properly function with a headset on. The controls are very comfortable and easy to use making the process easier. After getting past that I got sucked into using the headset way way too much.
With the latest update to Stardew Valley there’s more reason than ever to get back into the game! Especially if you own it on console. SPLIT SCREEN CO-OP!!!!! This was a long time coming but even so I still am taken back by how much extra enjoyment is added to the game by playing it split screen with my partner.
Looking for a mobile game that not only has massive draw but will also get you out of the house? Something that you can play with others and even meet new people through? Ingress from Niantic is the game you're looking for.
There are a few games that are a major part of my childhood and Mario 64 is one of the top games of the “throwback” category to me. I remember spending hours trying to get through the simplest of tasks and I'm glad to say that as an adult the game is not so intimidating. Updated with smoother controls really elevates the gameplay to something a lot more enjoyable.
So a review of this game would be kinda absolutely useless based on the age of it. It’s been out forever so instead it lands as a Throwback to all those old games that bring back wonderful childhood memories. Much like Super Mario 64, I recall playing Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 obsessively as a child. Although it might not hold up as well as some games, the nostalgia is always nice.