Beyond Good & Evil 2 game director Michel Ancel has given fans a potential date for the game's long-awaited beta. The title is one of the biggest examples of development limbo around, with the game being officially confirmed by Ancel back in 2008 but without anything concrete materializing until a stunning reveal at E3 2017.
One year on, and Ubisoft's E3 press conference once again proved to be the place to find out more about this tantalizing game. Once again, fans of the original game were treated to an exciting cinematic trailer that confirmed the title's status as a prequel, alongside both a brief snippet of pre-Alpha gameplay footage and the announcement of a crowdsourced art initiative from Joseph Gordon-Levitt's HitRECord.
However, although there was a lot more revealed about the project this year, there were still plenty of unanswered questions, particularly regarding finite release schedule information. Thankfully, Ancel has been on hand to give a potential date for Beyond Good & Evil 2's beta testing. Over on Instagram, the game director was asked directly about when the beta would become available, prompting Ancel to confirm that the development team is looking to have the beta ready by the end of 2019.
"We aim for a playable beta for the end of next year," stated Ancel in his comment. It's not the only time that fans have received more content from the director on his development projects via Instagram, either, as he often posts updates on his creations on the platform. Indeed, this beta news came courtesy of a post showing off the doors to Beyond Good & Evil 2's Ganesha City, which can be seen above.
All in all, the details revealed about Beyond Good & Evil 2 at E3 and its aftermath have certainly painted the picture of a hugely ambitious game. Its massive open world consists not only of Ganesha City on the moon of Soma but also various other locations through space travel, and so far the amount of choice is looking incredible. Then again, since the player character is a space pirate it would be strange to not have a varied array of locales.
Of course, with Beyond Good & Evil 2 it's perhaps best to be a little cautious. The game's development struggles are not the kind that are forgotten quickly, and although the speed at which the game is now moving is impressive, this is definitely a case of waiting until the game is ready. Hopefully, Ubisoft can stick to that potential beta date and fans will get a much better feel for the title come the end of 2019.
Source: Michel Ancel