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Beyond Good & Evil 2 finally revealed in cinematic trailer

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Beyond Good & Evil 2 is real, and we can prove it — Ubisoft showed a cinematic trailer to introduce the game during its E3 2017 press briefing.

The game is a prequel to the original Beyond Good & Evil, which was released 14 years ago. Its story takes place before the birth of Jade — the protagonist of the first game — in a multi-ethnic civilization, said Gabrielle Shrager, narrative director at developer Ubisoft Montpellier.

Beyond Good & Evil 2 - Knox art Image: Ubisoft Montpellier/Ubisoft

“We’ve been working very hard just on the technology,” said Michel Ancel, the game’s creative director. The game will feature a “seamless online playground” in which people can play by themselves or with friends.

Beyond Good & Evil 2 takes place in the 24th century in a solar system called System 3. It’s an interstellar hub that people from Old Earth have migrated to; resources are limited, and private firms fight over the scraps that are available. In other words, System 3 is a great place to be a space pirate.

Beyond Good & Evil 2 - Shani art Ubisoft Montpellier/Ubisoft

“We’re creating a sci-fi space opera, a game where players fight for freedom alongside unforgettable characters and explore a stunning and vast solar system, all while capturing the spirit of Beyond Good and Evil,” said Ancel in a UbiBlog post.

Ubisoft Montpellier is inviting players to participate in the development of Beyond Good & Evil 2 through an initiative that it calls the Space Monkey Program. (The game’s website is currently down, which is unsurprising.)

Beyond Good & Evil 2 - Zhou Yuzhu art Ubisoft Montpellier/Ubisoft

“Join all the Space Monkeys on the dev team — and around the world — to crash-test, discuss and inspire everything from character design, to cultural influences, to the flight controls on our massive star-faring vessels,” the website reads. “We want you by our side at the earliest stages of development and throughout production to take part in the adventure!”

Ancel also did a video breakdown of the reveal trailer; you can see it below. Ubisoft did not announce platforms or a release window for Beyond Good & Evil 2. The company officially confirmed last October that the game was in development, and later that month, Ancel said that all the features the team was working on — planet exploration, interstellar travel and space cities — were elements that he wanted to include in the original game.

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