Beyond Good & Evil 2 in “active creation”

Oh, happy days! Beyond Good & Evil 2 is in “active creation,” according to creator Michael Ancel. And for future hardware, no less.

“We are in an active creation stage and at this moment we are only focusing on the game and making it the best game that we can,” Ancel is translated to have said in a video chat with Toulouse Game (via).

When quizzed on the platforms, he said: “That decision would just distract us from that objective. I can say that it’s a very ambitious game and we need some tech to achieve that ambition. We focus on the game. We create it first, then we’ll see what can run it. We don’t say 2013 because we don’t know when it will come. We’re working to create a great game and it needs more tech.”

The concept video that was leaked years ago — and just recently got an HD version (below) — appears to be the where the gameplay’s headed, with Ancel likening the project to other Ubisoft properties Prince of Persia and Assassin’s Creed rather than obvious comparison Mirror’s Edge: “We had this concept even before Mirror’s Edge launched. And we have a different approach to the first person perspective that Mirror’s Edge has. Prince of Persia and Assassin’s Creed are closer to what we have in mind with the control of the character in a third person perspective.

“We use a very dynamic camera that shakes a lot during the action to add life to the camera, giving the impression of an action news cover team following Jade. Maybe that could be similar to Mirror’s Edge but the game itself is very different.”

All in all, it’s coming then. As one of the most requested sequels of the generation, this comes as good news to many. Whether it has all that much in common with its predecessor though remains to be seen.