Beyond Good & Evil 2 has been in development hell. The original game was critically acclaimed but struggled to hit the sort of sales numbers where a sequel would have guaranteed success. There is a long and winding history beyond the development of the game, which is summarized extremely in depth by Laura Dale (formerly of Destructoid, now part of Lets Play Video Games):
The key thing in all of this however isn’t her re-iterating something she reported on earlier this year, that the series would come back as an exclusive to NX (which is big news in that of itself). Rather, it’s the new information regarding the game’s direction and reveal.
“Beyond Good and Evil (for NX) is planned to be more of a standalone reboot than a traditional sequel. The currently planned direction for the game is that it will partially retell Jade’s origin tale from Beyond Good & Evil, flesh out Peyj’s backstory, then continue to extrapolate on the end of the original game.”
Beyond this, the game would be subtitled to ease confusion and help introduce new players to the world, and if successful it sounds like Nintendo is not opposed to funding one or more sequels. Certainly this isn’t the Beyond Good & Evil 2 fans wanted all along, but it does appear that success can lead to just that, and it will add brand new, never before seen, story details to the original experience. Given the age of the original release, this might actually be a positive for the game and series’ future.
One last note: Laura has been told that the game will be unveiled at or around the unveiling of the NX with a CG trailer with a slated release date of summer 2018.
What do you think?