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Beyond Good & Evil 2 might actually be happening

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Hopes for the eventual release of Beyond Good & Evil 2 — a sequel to Michel Ancel's wonderful 2003 video game, not Friedrich Nietzche's 1886 philosophical tome — have been rekindled by a cryptic Instagram post from the director.

Ancel, who also created the Rayman series and directed the acclaimed video game adaptation of Peter Jackson's King Kong, posted some concept art to the photo-sharing network with the caption "Somewhere in System 4... Thanks #ubisoft for making this possible!" Ubisoft's French Twitter account linked to the post and advised fans to follow Ancel closely, complete with winking emoji.

A photo posted by Michel Ancel (@michelancel) on

System 4 is the name of the fictional region of space where Beyond Good & Evil took place. The pig is likely a younger version or relative of pivotal character Pey'j, though it's unclear who the moody bearded man is.

Beyond Good & Evil 2 was first announced in 2008 but has hardly been heard from since. The original game, a beguiling Legend of Zelda-esque adventure in which a photojournalist called Jade uncovered a vast alien conspiracy, struck a chord with many of its players but failed to sell well. A remastered version was released for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2011.