Beyond Good & Evil didn’t sell a ton when it was released back in 2003. But Michael Ancel’s masterpiece garnered rave reviews and has grown a major cult following due to its beautiful style, great characters, huge world and varied gameplay.It’s a game that was way ahead of its time, and maybe a bit too big for its britches on the consoles and PCs of the time. Now its creator hints that Beyond Good & Evil’s sequel could be absolutely huge
Gaming site IGN caught up with Beyond Good & Evil creator, Michael Ancel at a recent Rayman Legends event, where he spoke about the scope of the sequel:
“I think we were doing something too big for this period,” Ancel told IGN. “Honestly, it was too challenging to put that on [current] consoles. I don’t say the consoles were not good enough, I don’t say the team was not good enough, but you have to scale what you want to do and the console itself. I think now with those new consoles arriving, yes, we want to try again making that game. I would say it’s surprising, as we want it to be. Not just a sequel, but something that really makes all the ideas that we had for the first one possible now with these consoles.”
“More than ‘bigger,’ it’s the freedom we want to give to the player,” Ancel explained. “In this kind of game, while you’re investigating, you don’t want to investigate in a story that has been written by the developers. My feeling is that you want to investigate with your own way of investigating. I like the freedom of choosing your vehicles, flying away with the spaceship and all those things. It was in Beyond Good & Evil 1 but it was not as much as we wanted. I like the fact that if you want to fly from one city to another, one planet to another, it’s something that you should be able to do. That freedom and the world of Beyond Good & Evil is very challenging to do.”
Of course, Ancel wouldn’t speak to a time frame for Beyond Good & Evil 2. He’s currently wrapped up in the finishing touches for Rayman Legends, which hits stores on August 30th.
If you haven’t played Beyond Good & Evil, it’s been beautifully remastered in HD and is downloadable on the cheap for PS3, Xbox 360 and Steam. But carve out some time, since you’ll be hooked on its explorable world, great characters and compelling story.