E3 2017: Everything We Know About Beyond Good and Evil 2 (So Far)
The announcement of Beyond Good and Evil 2 this year at E3 was a genuine surprise that set off audiences (in a good way) by the end of Ubisoft’s press conference. Fans literally have been waiting for a follow-up since the first game’s release in 2003. Mumblings of a Beyond Good & Evil sequel started nearly a decade ago, and have been making its rounds throughout the years since then.
Now that the first trailer is out, what the hell did we just see? Luckily, Creative Director Michel Ancel broke down the trailer for us. You can watch it in the video posted below. But what else do we know about the game?
First, a quick rundown of the characters we meet in the trailer:
Zhou Yuzhu & Li Daiyu
Zhou is a hybrid pig, a pretentious collector, and a ruthless crime boss. The lady standing next to him is Li Daiyu, a rejuvenated madam who runs Zhou’s backrooms.
Shani & Knox
Shani is a badass biker and ingenious mechanic of Somalian ancestry. She is partners with Knox, a punk-ass hybrid monkey who is always looking for trouble. They’re part of some kind of rebel group led by…
She is the mysterious Captain of the Gada, the Space Monkey spaceship. She might even be Jade’s mother.
Beyond Good and Evil 2 takes place before the events of the first game, before the birth of Jade, in a “multi-ethnic, multi-cultural society tucked away in a distant solar system,” said Narrative Director Gabrielle Shrader. The distant solar system Shrader is referring to is known as System 3. Corporations are in power, and pirates struggle for resources and survival. You play as a part of a rag-tag group of freedom fighters searching for a safe haven they can call home.
It is a time when corporations create hybrids in their labs, and enslaved them to colonize the stars in order to compete for power and cosmic resources. With our crew of crazy and unforgettable characters, we fight in the name of freedom and the right to determine our own fate in the stars. And we will helm massive star-faring vessels through territories that are as spectacular as they are dangerous. — Gabrielle Shrader at the Ubisoft E3 Press Conference
One such location we see is the cityscape of Ganesha. This is one of the first cities in System 3 founded by early colonists from the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia, who largely influenced the city’s art, architecture and culture. They named their city after Ganesha, the hybrid deity and wise “Remover of Obstacles,” who watches over its inhabitants.
Eventually, all of the outposts and cities in System 3 will reflect the cultures of “Old Earth.”
If you look closely, you’ll find a few little easter eggs hidden in the trailer that refers back to the first game. Here is a list of what some eagle-eyed fans have found so far:
0:05- Poster of a piglet-hybrid (baby Pey’J?) on the right, similar to the one in the concept art we saw not too long ago.
0:05- ‘Montpellier’ sign light blink so we can read ‘Tellier’, colleague of Michel Ancel’s.
0:18- Knox wears a green headband, reference to Jade?
0:36- “Pey’J-ee(?)” Name of a Pig Hybrid deity.
1:06- Advertisement for Mammago Garage
1:26- Starkos Ad
1:27- ‘Shani’ name reminiscent of ‘Shaun’, the energy/entity related to Jade in Beyond Good & Evil.
1:27- Ad for a death match between a Rhino and Hippo hybrid named Capo and Razer.
1:27- The ad indicates game takes place in 2380, 55 years before the events of Beyond Good & Evil.
1:31- ‘Hybrid Power’ poster in the bottom right.
1:33- Statue of Ganesh with multiple arms cradling a light, reminiscent of Domz Priest statue.
2:07- Radio Cheeta.
2:15- Wilhelm Scream
2:26- Escape scene reminiscent of 2009 leaked gameplay.
2:29- Environment reminiscent of 2008 Teaser.
2:47- The Gada, the Space Monkey spaceship.
2:51- Space Monkey Logo, vaguely reminiscent of Alpha Sections logo.
2:51- Space Monkey Logo has two kanjis, left one is ‘Brave’ and the right one is ‘Love’.
2:55- Pearl on the table. “Bueno Yade.”
2:55- Possibly a Dai-Jo staff on a stand near Dakini. May just be a Katana or another weapon.
2:58- Mammago Rhino with a BARRANCO D-53 EQUIPPED WITH CUTTING HAMMER!
2:58- Shark Hybrid.
2:58- A Box of K-Bups, completely restores your energy.
3:03- M-Disk, close up of text, unconfirmed, possibly Hyllis or System 3/4/T(?).
3:08- Dakini possibly says ‘Look Sha…’ talking to Shani?
3:10 – The dead guy guy represents danger
3:10- “Just as Yama(?) described it” Who or what is Yama? New character?
3:16- Original BGE theme.
For future updated information, visit Beyond Good and Evil’s website here.