What We Know About Beyond Good & Evil 2 So Far: GTA In Space
At one time, the announcement of the Beyond Good & Evil sequel was anticipated no less than the announcement of the third part of Shenmue. Both series were quite unprofitable, so their future was uncertain. Nevertheless, both Shenmue 3 and Beyond Good & Evil 2 appeared on the horizon. Michel Ancel and Ubisoft presented a new game at E3 2017. The ambitious open-world space game seems to be coming out in 2020, but still we don’t have a lot of information about it. Anyway, let’s check the most important facts.
World and Plot
According to the official chronology of Beyond Good & Evil, the Terrans invented the engine for rapid travel through space in the middle of the XXI century. (Though, scientific progress was not going quite smoothly — how else would you explain using optical discs in both BGE and BGE 2?) Also, humanity has deepened in the breeding of hybrids — the first talking anthropomorphic animal appeared in 2086. Hybrids joined the ranks of the miners and got into the medical laboratories.
At the dawn of the XXII century, colonists went to distant Systems 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 — both people and hybrids (as free labor). Soon they stopped responding.
The action of BGE 2 takes place in System 3, where the main trade caravans of the Milky Way intersect. In all videos Ganesha City is shown as a city on the Moon flying around a gas planet that is located in the System 3.
The golden age of space piracy began in 2360. In the XXV century, they flourished even more recruiting fighters regardless of their origin. Pey’j is a resourceful hog familiar from the original game works on one of the ships. But his ward Jade, the main antagonist of BGE, is on the other side of the barricades: she hunts for pirates. Yes, at first Ubisoft claimed that the second part will take place before the birth of Jade, but at E3 2018 showed the girl in the trailer.
Well, what will we have to do?
When to comes to the top projects with empty promises, Star Citizen and No Man’s Sky immediately come to mind. BGE 2 can be compared with them due to stellar flights and free ship customization, but the comparison will not be entirely correct, as Michel Ancel himself calls the game “GTA but like in space” and brings another source of inspiration — SimCity.
The Voyager engine, which has become the technical basis of BGE 2, allows you to rise from the surface of the planet on a small ship, fly it into a bigger ship in the upper atmosphere, dash into space and land on another planet. And all this won’t require any loading screens. Isn’t that impressive?
You will visit a lot of heavenly bodies in BGE 2. Each of them has several cities with different culture and architecture. Developers will create some of the materials themselves, the rest part will be created by the procedural generation. The project is developed by Ubisoft Montpellier and offices in Sofia, Barcelona, Bordeaux and Blue Byte.
Moreover, Ubisoft asked the community to help. You are free to join the HitRecord platform (owned by Hollywood actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and offer your art, music, story sketches, etc. If Ubisoft likes the works, it will include them in the game and you will get reward.
Apparently, you won’t be able to play Jade, or Pey’j, or any of the pirates shown in the trailers. Looks more like you will create your own character in the editor and join the pirates in the role of captain or someone of lower rank.
The authors showed what missions would look like the pre-alpha version of BGE 2. “Common World” will allow connecting someone else’s session at any time and play in coop or perform different missions separately.
You can use both melee and firearms in fights. However with the help of improvements, an ordinary gun or pole can be easily turned into a something really dangerous, so that later, for example, it will slow down the enemy or just cut them in pieces. The maneuverability is greatly improved by the jet pack — it is useful not only for flying over roofs.
If the first part of BGE is a single action/beat ’em with a bunch of puzzles and stealth, the sequel is also an action, but with seamless multiplayer, flights between planets, procedural generation and, obviously, a minimum of arcade elements. We will see a few characters and individual functions from the original — let’s say the camera will be replaced by a telescope. Visually, the new game doesn’t look impressive — well, it is still in the early stages of development.
Michel Ansel promised that BGE 2 will consider modern trends, but that would not turn it into casual entertainment. Beta testing is scheduled for the end of 2019, the premiere is probably for 2020. There is no doubt that you will need a powerful computer to run BGE 2 — therefore we advise you to check the functionality of our Playkey.net platform, which allows you to play demanding projects on any PC. We will help you to forget about wasting money on updating PC.