A playable beta version of Beyond Good & Evil 2 is scheduled for the tail end of 2019 going by creator of the acclaimed original, Michel Ancel. The news emerged on one of Ancel’s Instagram posts in response to a fan question regarding a release date. His account is packed full of stunning concept art from Ubisoft’s hotly anticipated prequel to the original Beyond Good & Evil and is well worth a gander to get a sense of how incredible the game is shaping up to be.
Shaping up is an apt description in this case as from what we saw at E3, the game is far from complete if we go by the scope of what Ubisoft hopes to achieve. The footage from E3 was equally dazzling and enticing, particularly the fly through of the central hub city of Ganesha and the new trailer bringing back Jade and Pey’J from the original, but emphasized how much still needs to be done. There was also a sense the game was still pinpointing its true identity, the fruit of a troubled development up until 2016 and the scrapping of the original sequel concept.
Going by Ubisoft’s usual development cycle, a playable beta is often released a fair few months before release, meaning we can comfortably expect the game to release at some point in 2020, though the latter part seems more realistic.
Speculation aside, having heard nothing about Beyond Good & Evil 2 for years, it is reassuring to be receiving regular snippets of news and have the game’s senior creative director interact directly with fans. The whole HitRECord fan contribution program, like or not, should also give some insight into how development is progressing between now and the beta.