In the ever-lengthening anticipation for Ubisoft’s Beyond Good & Evil 2, enthusiasts have received an unexpected gift from the past: early footage from the game’s development, dating all the way back to 2008. Yes, you read that correctly – a staggering 15 years ago.
This particular version of Beyond Good & Evil 2 aligns with glimpses seen in previous clips released or leaked over the years. Ubisoft had even unveiled an early trailer featuring the game’s protagonist, Jade, and her companion, Uncle Pey’j, navigating a desert landscape.
The recent discovery comes from the design portfolio of animator Damien Barranco, who was a Ubisoft team member at the time. Barranco’s impressive resume also includes work on the original Beyond Good & Evil, Rayman 2, and Ubisoft’s King Kong adaptation.
Notably, he is even credited on the classic animated children’s BBC series, “The Animals of Farthing Wood,” showcasing his expertise in bringing animated worlds to life.
The newly surfaced video clip was shared on social media, offering fans their first significant look at the sequel’s third main character, Double H. In this snippet, Double H and Pey’J are depicted in a bar scene, with the anthropomorphic pig sharing a ribald joke.
While deciphering the exact content of the punchline may prove challenging, it adds an intriguing layer to the game’s narrative and character dynamics.
Last month, the internet buzzed with rumors of a 20th-anniversary edition of the original Beyond Good & Evil, slated for release in the United States. However, Ubisoft has yet to officially confirm the package’s details or its contents.
The development journey of Beyond Good & Evil 2 has been marked by intermittent progress since the original game’s release in 2003. Although the sequel maintains a presence on Ubisoft’s release schedule, tangible updates have become increasingly scarce in recent years, leaving fans eagerly awaiting the next significant development in this long-awaited saga.