hot  /  reviews  /  video  /  blogs  /  forum

Far Cry 4, Beyond Good & Evil 2, PoP 'cooking'

1:00 AM on 06.20.2013 // Steven Hansen
  @dtoidsteven

Ubisoft vague on the progress of its beloved franchises

Ubisoft dazzled many this E3 with new IP as a follow up to last year's unexpected Watch Dogs announcement. Tom Clancy's The Division and The Crew firmly planted themselves in the connected, massive online multiplayer camp, but what if Watch Dogs x Infamous: Second Son and another car game didn't tickle your toes? Well, like me, you appreciated the token Rayman Legends appearance and lamented the lack of Beyond Good & Evil 2 news.

Beyond Good & Evil 2 was last heard from when Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot explained that Michel Ancel was too busy finishing Rayman Origins and, then, Rayman Legends, which was slowing Beyond Good & Evil 2. Of course, Rayman Legends had its release pushed back to facilitate a PS3 and Xbox 360 release, so that game is presumably still being finished before Ancel can work on the next-gen Beyond Good & Evil 2.

As for other key Ubisoft franchise, according to Eurogamer, Far Cry 4 seems next in the pecking order, though Ubisoft Europe's Alain Corre didn't have specifics to offer beyond, "We don't know yet when it will emerge. Again, it's cooking. Something is cooking!"



Corre followed with by offering no concrete details on the state of the Prince of Persia franchise. "All our franchises are always in gestation. We are iterating. We are thinking about what can be done. But we can't bring all the games and all the franchises every year. We have a lot on the show floor this year already."

I assume the Prince of Persia series is being totally reworked, possibly for a next generation trilogy. The series lacks any cohesive identity after a pretty, but mostly forgotten reboot/reworking in 2008 and a tepidly received return to the PS2-era trilogy with 2010's Forgotten Sands.

So, there you have it. I don't so much mind Ancel devoting his time to Rayman Legends before Beyond Good & Evil 2 can make significant progress, but it is hard to shake the fear of BG&E2, sequel to a niche title that it is, becoming vaporware. Especially since the Beyond Good & Evil 2 trailer is now five years old. Apparently the Beyond Good & Evil image Ubisoft posted to its Facebook page was merely the company, "homaging some of the characters from our past."

Ubisoft, despite pushing new IP, does seem to be playing it safe as we transition into a new console generation. Corre says they "can't bring all the games and all the franchises every year," but the company has no problem putting seven studios on the next Assassin's Creed while assuring it and Watch Dogs come out on every platform in existence. I'm sure that eats up a lot of manpower. Meanwhile, its newest IPs are familiar (a Tom Clancy shooter and a racer) ventures going after the latest zeitgeist: large scale online play and social integration.

At least we still have Rayman Legends. Here's hoping Beyond Good & Evil 2 doesn't burn.




 Reblog (or) Blog Reply

Steven Hansen, Features Editor
 Follow Blog + disclosure dtoidsteven Tips
Steven watches anime & sports, buys meat out of trucks, dates a Muppet, and is only good at cooking. He stands before you bereft of solace and well on the road to perdition. ('^ω^) more   |   staff directory

Get more destructoid:   We're indie-run, blogging for the love of it, and our site will always be free. Optionally, you can support us and get: (1) Faster pages from our cloud server (3) Wide(r)screen (3) No big ads on Dtoid, Japanator, Tomopop, or Flixist (4) Auto contest entries, and (5) Dibs on betas & downloads. Try it out

 Setup email comments

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our moderators, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding *.disqus.com to your whitelists.


  Around the web (login to improve these)




Back to Top


We follow moms on   Facebook  and   Twitter
  Light Theme      Dark Theme
Pssst. Konami Code + Enter!
You may remix stuff our site under creative commons w/@
- Destructoid means family. Living the dream, since 2006 -