The long-awaited sequel to Beyond Good & Evil is indeed real, and we have proof: Ubisoft just released a surprise cinematic trailer for the game at the publisher’s E3 keynote. The trailer kicks off with a long chase sequence featuring a monkey with a cybernetic hand and a human companion racing through a futuristic cityscape, before the pair blast off into space. There doesn’t appear to be any returning characters from the first game; story wise, it will actually be a prequel.
Here’s how Ubisoft describes it:
Journey to System 3, for the prequel to one of Ubisoft’s most beloved games! Fight alongside unforgettable characters in a stunning new solar system, as you struggle for freedom and the right to determine your own fate among the stars. Play the adventure by yourself or with friends in a vast and seamless online playground.
Beyond Good & Evil 2 is the spiritual successor to the cult classic, a prequel that will transport players into a profoundly multicultural world, capturing the spirit of the original with grandiose decors and intense dramas that play out across a vast universe. Through the Space Monkey Program, Ubisoft Montpellier will be developing the game alongside its community of fans.
Beyond Good & Evil 2 is a follow-up to a 2003 cult classic, a Zelda-style adventure about a photojournalist uncovering secrets on a strange alien world. The sequel was announced in 2008, but we’ve heard remarkably little since then. Instead of big splashy reveals or flashy trailers, news of the game has primarily come from the Instagram feed of Michel Ancel, designer and director on both games, who occasionally posts art and updates about the sequel.
While the new trailer proves Beyond Good & Evil 2 does in fact exist, there are still plenty of questions, such as when it will launch and on what platforms. In the meantime, you can watch this lengthy trailer breakdown with Ancel.