The good about Beyond Good And Evil 2…
Every year I am having two Christmases. I have one every December, more precise on December 24th (Hey, I am from Denmark – we can’t wait!). On this Christmas, we eat waay too much food, drink warm wine with raisins and literally demolish wrapping paper just to get to the next disappointment. Let’s be honest, the December christmas is not very exiting as an adult… I participate in this christmas, I spend time with my family and life goes on afterwards.
However, the second christmas is where the holiday get my full attention! This christmas drops in the summer, in June. Let’s call this christmas “E3“. The Electronic Entertainment Expo. As most of you know this is where all the big cannons in the business show off who has the longest… Hype magnet.. This is where you will be finding me all night (yeah, again Denmark) sitting in front of Youtube watching live streams ruining the morning after.
This year Ubisoft dropped a bomb. A bomb I have been waiting for for years! After close to 15 years since the first game, they announced Beyond Good and Evil 2. I adored the first game and have finished both on ps2 and pc. It is a great game and if you have not played it, look it up at the next Steam sale, because it’s always on sale! I was thrilled to hear this and I leaned closer to the screen to see the game with the updated graphics…
Let’s back up a bit
Beyond Good And Evil was one of those game that got great reviews and the public answered by not spending money on it. in fact,t it was so bad that after the initial release the game price dropped by about 80%. It was bad! I bought the game, most likely after reading a review, I don’t really remember anymore. I loved the clever mix of Zelda, Metal Gear Solid and GTA. You were controlling the charming photojournalist Jade who lived with a bunch of human-animal hybrid orphans. She has an “uncle” called Pey’j who also is a man boar. So yeah. From the outside, the artstyle was reminiscent of something Pixar could make. It had charm and personality but also maturity. The game took some serious tones and themes up during the story. The game ended with a huge cliffhanger that I won’t spoil for you guys here. It was a very unique experience and one that I remember to this day.
Why, Ubisoft? Why?
The CGI trailer that showed at the second christmas, E3, was a beautiful and confusing actionsequence of a humanoid chimpanzee stealing a CD from a humanoid boar that I initially though was Pey’j. He wasn’t though but instead some kind of shady dealer who send all kind of hell after the chimp. The chimp, who of course has the personality of a jamaican (irony, guys), get’s away and meets up with a human woman on a flying scooter. In the end, they are on some kind of huge spaceship not unlike the setting of the IRIS network of the first game. Here we see the back and eyes of a female charactor who could resemble Jade. So it was not entirely what I wanted to see, with the lack of a clear Jade and Pey’j appearence but it was looking pretty good. After the trailer the creative director of the first game, Michel Ancel, took the stage and thanked for our patience. This is also where they dropped the two details that overclouded all the joy for me.
The bad of Beyond Good And Evil 2…
The game is a prequel and takes place before the birth of Jade. This was the first letdown; That we will not get a followup for the cliffhanger of the original game. Jades fate will not be revealed. The female in the trailer is most likely her mom. Pey’j might be in the game as teased by Michel Ancel on his Instagram:
The second bad thing was that they call the game an online playground. The first game was not online but instead a tightly told story for one player. I get some crazy thoughts of a No Man’s Sky with boars and monkeys where you can travel from planet to planet. Hopefully, the game will be multiplayer in the way of games like Far Cry 4, where it is a choice. This would be fine for me, but I do think the online part is overkill in a game where the diehard fans just want the story to progress. We can speculate that if this game is a success, and no doubt the online part will help with that, we might get some sort of answer in a later game, but we have already waited for 15 years give or take.
Let’s be hopeful that Michel and the rest of his team know what they are doing and make a game that can live up to the legacy of Beyond Good And Evil.
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