Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot Says Beyond Good and Evil 2 is Not a Risk
One could assume that a lot of talk from this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo revolved around the reveal of Beyond Good and Evil 2. While the first title was not the greatest of successes, it has become a cult classic of sorts, and fans have been asking for a follow-up for years. The CGI teaser that debuted at E3 sent gamers into a frenzy, but no concrete information was unveiled. We learned that the title will be a prequel to the original, however, no release date or anything of the sort was announced. Unfortunately, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot didn’t disclose any such information in a recent interview, but he did touch on what makes the game special, and if there is any risk involved.
Speaking with GamesIndustry.biz’s UK editor James Batchelor, the Ubisoft CEO talked about everything from the possible takeover by Vivendi to the forthcoming Beyond Good and Evil 2. More importantly, he spoke about the risk of taking on the project after such a long time. While the Ubisoft initially responded to the question with “I don’t think there’s a risk there,” but then followed it up with this:
Well, there’s always a risk when we create games, but I don’t think there’s as much risk because Michel [Ancel, director] has been through so many projects. The first Beyond Good and Evil was very good, Michel did what he wanted and what we thought would be the best for the players. But there’s one thing we didn’t look at: exactly how many players were interested at the time by female characters, science fiction world, and so on.
“It seems bizarre to say, but at the time we had lots of men playing games and they wanted specific types of games. All the women that saw Beyond Good and Evil loved it, and it was a huge surprise. And lots of people wanted something different, and they loved it. It was a big surprise because normally market analysis would have told you not to do it. It didn’t sell as many [copies] because it didn’t respond to the majority, but the minority loved it so much it created something different.
“Now, because we’ve been doing more games, Michel will continue to take risk – as you could see – but he has more information and is automatically responding a lot more to the majority of the players.”
With the hype that was conjured up at E3 this year, it is good to see so much faith put into Beyond Good and Evil 2 by the Ubisoft CEO. Shortly after the expo in June, it was revealed that the game had only just begun development. However, to be fair, the past three years have been spent creating the tech needed to actually power the title. That is some serious dedication and we can’t wait to see what comes of it. Stay tuned to Don’t Feed the Gamers as this story develops, and for other gaming news, check out the following:
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What say you, gamers? Is it always a risk when the next installment in a franchise arrives several years after the first? Are you still hyped from the Beyond Good and Evil 2 trailer shown at E3, or are you attempting to not get your hopes up? Sound off in the comments section below, and be sure to follow DFTG on Twitter for live gaming and entertainment news 24/7!
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Eric is an editor and writer for Don't Feed the Gamers. When he is not staring at a computer screen filled with text, he is usually staring at a computer screen filled with controllable animations. Today's youth call this gaming. He also likes to shoot things. With a camera, of course.