The current version of Beyond Good & Evil 2 was officially announced at E3 2017. Back then, game director Michel Ancel (who eventually left Ubisoft a few years later) shared the first gameplay demonstration and confirmed that the original vision for a Beyond Good & Evil sequel was scrapped. Instead, the new iteration is a prequel to the events of the original game. Genre-wise, it is now an expansive RPG with an emphasis on space exploration.
According to an inventive announcement on Twitter (spotted by PCGamer), Beyond Good & Evil 2 now has a new Lead Writer - Sarah Arellano, whose portfolio also includes work on World of Warcraft, the upcoming Saints Row reboot, and Vainglory. Arellano’s addition to the team is another sign of life for the game after Ubisoft was looking for a Senior Gameplay Animator for Beyond Good & Evil 2 in May. Ubisoft’s spokesperson confirmed the fact of Arellano’s hiring after being contacted by PCGamer. With a new Lead Writer on board, the company’s promise to deliver the best possible experience might actually be kept. Unfortunately, there’s no other information or further elaboration on the topic. The good news, though, is that Beyond Good & Evil 2 is definitely still in development, which solidifies Ubisoft’s interest in making the game a reality someday.
It’s my turn to do the thing pic.twitter.com/gS87kZn7UT— Sarah Arellano (@TheSugarVenom) August 3, 2022
Although the current situation with Beyond Good & Evil 2 is best described as radio silence, Ubisoft keeps reminding the community that the game is in a great state and is coming along nicely. One example of such commentary was made by the company’s CEO Yves Guillemot a couple of years ago. According to the executive, the development of Beyond Good & Evil 2 is progressing well, although not much has changed since then.
The addition of a new Lead Writer to the Beyond Good & Evil 2 development team is a promising sign, although there might be more to it than meets the eye. While Sarah Arellano could be joining the team to find a new direction for an already established story, the situation might also imply that Ubisoft is rebooting the development completely around a brand new, yet-to-be-composed story. Either way, it doesn’t really feel like Beyond Good & Evil 2 is releasing any time soon, as it has remained more of a gameplay concept for quite some time - and a couple of extra years won’t drastically affect the game’s perception.