Few video game fans know the meaning of patience as well as those who adore Beyond Good & Evil, a 2003 release by Ubisoft that won the Game Developers Choice Award for Game of the Year. The action/adventure epic became a hit for its stunning graphics and thoughtful characters, and creator Michael Ansel stated that he would love to direct a follow-up game. Thirteen years after the original game's release, BG&E fans are still waiting for their sequel.
As the wait for Beyond Good & Evil 2 stretches on, fans of the franchise are content to speculate about all aspects of the yet-unreleased game. How will it continue the original Beyond Good & Evil's story? Does Jade's new look point toward a more muted overall color palette? Is it really only going to be available for NX? Now, Michael Ansel has only fueled the flames of conjecture when he uploaded what appears to be new concept art for the sequel onto Instagram.
Check out the cryptic post, below:
The illustration features a burly, bearded man at work on some mechanical project - as a pig-humanoid happily perched upon his shoulder gazes fondly at a spherical, orange-and-white robot. Of course, the young pig-creature immediately brings Beyond Good & Evil's Uncle Pey'j to mind. Pey'j, who raised protagonist Jade as his own, is a boar-human creature who specializes in mechanics. That means that this picture could very well point to an origin story for Pey'j, or even a prequel. Since the ending of BG&E insinuated that Pey'j might be in immediate danger, though, it's likely that this is a scene from a heart-wrenching flashback.
There are a lot of reasons to get excited about this, despite Ancel's ever-cryptic attitude. For one, the creator has stated multiple times that the only reason this game has taken so long to produce is because he was simultaneously developing Rayman Legends. For another, BG&E producer Yves Guillemot stated in an E3 interview this year that the sequel is definitely still happening. This Instagram post offers more than meets the eye, though -- the picture's caption, which ends with, "Thanks #ubisoft for making this possible !" is what really convinces us that this is, in fact, art for Beyond Good & Evil 2.
Though we're anxious for this game to finally see the light of day, teasers like this give us hope that BG&E2 will be able to do the complex emotional and visual work that its predecessor began. Until then, though, waiting is the hardest part.
We will bring you more information on Beyond Good & Evil 2 as it becomes available.