In recent weeks you likely saw some reports in which Michel Ancel teased a new Beyond Good & Evil, which was then confirmed by Ubisoft. Now a report by LetsPlayVideoGames.com quotes sources on some more snippets of information for the project, perhaps revealing details on the second entry in this series.
This report is by Laura Kate Dale, who was also the author of the Destructoid report earlier this year that claimed the new title would be an NX exclusive. Though we consider Dale to be a reporter with some solid sources, hence our coverage of a couple of LPVG's previous NX reports, we've nevertheless marked this as a rumour. Sources can be wrong, after all.
Moving on to the report, it has some interesting claims; to keep it simple, below is an extract from that article, in this case from a source 'familiar with negotiations on the project'.
According to our source, the currently planned direction for the game is that it will partially retell Jade's origin tale from Beyond Good & Evil, flesh out Peyj's backstory, then continue to extrapolate on the ending of the original game. The intention is that players who have not played the original will be able to jump into the new game, which will feature a subtitle rather than a number at the end of its title, and understand both who Jade is and what drives Pey'j. It also seeks to provide closure to fans of the original wondering what the cliffhanger at the end meant for the series' ongoing plot.
While many existing fans of the series may be upset about the new game not being a direct sequel, the idea of modernising the original tale and fleshing out the world while continuing the story beyond where it once ended offers the series a better chance of an ongoing life than it previously had.
It's an intriguing move if true, but makes sense considering the long gap since the original Beyond Good & Evil on systems such as the GameCube. It is also notable that neither Ancel or Ubisoft has used the word 'sequel' in their recent communications about it, simply calling it the 'new' Beyond Good & Evil.
Dale also states that LPVG been informed by another source that the game is indeed an NX exclusive, and will have a CG trailer to be shown as part of the system's reveal (whenever that will be). The target release window is apparently Summer 2018.
So, what do you make of these rumours? They certainly make sense and tie into those reports from earlier in this year, but do you think they're accurate? Would exclusivity on a new Beyond Good & Evil be a major scoop for the NX? Let us know what you think in the comments.