Beyond Good & Evil 2 "Too Challenging" To Release on Current Consoles
Written Thursday, July 18, 2013 By Richard WalkerView author's profile
It's been doing the rounds for the best part of four years now, but Beyond Good & Evil 2 talk refuses to go away, especially now that it's been confirmed as a title that will see release on next-gen consoles. According to the game's creator Michel Ancel, Beyond Good & Evil 2 is simply too big and "challenging" for current-gen hardware.
“I think we were doing something too big for this period,” Ancel told IGN. “Honestly, it was too challenging to put that on [current] consoles. I don’t say the consoles were not good enough, I don’t say the team was not good enough, but you have to scale what you want to do and the console itself. I think now with those new consoles arriving, yes, we want to try again making that game. I would say it’s surprising, as we want it to be. Not just a sequel, but something that really makes all the ideas that we had for the first one possible now with these consoles.”
It's not just size that's prevented Beyond Good & Evil 2 finding a home on current-generation platforms however, it's an added freedom to investigate the world your way. You'll be able to journey between cities and even planets, according to Ancel.
“More than ‘bigger,’ it’s the freedom we want to give to the player,” Ancel explained. “In this kind of game, while you’re investigating, you don’t want to investigate in a story that has been written by the developers. My feeling is that you want to investigate with your own way of investigating.
"I like the freedom of choosing your vehicles, flying away with the spaceship and all those things. It was in Beyond Good & Evil 1 but it was not as much as we wanted. I like the fact that if you want to fly from one city to another, one planet to another, it’s something that you should be able to do. That freedom and the world of Beyond Good & Evil is very challenging to do.”
For now, Ancel won't be drawn on a reveal date for Beyond Good & Evil 2, but the smart money is on something emerging after Rayman Legends ships later this year. Fingers crossed.