After 14 years, one of the best games of all time is finally getting a sequel — here’s what we know

You’ve probably never heard of “Beyond Good & Evil,” and that’s unfortunate – it’s one of the best games of the past 20 years. Nearly 15 years after the first game launched, it’s getting a sequel.

It’s called “Beyond Good & Evil 2.”

Beyond Good & Evil 2

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Surprise!
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If you’ve ever played and enjoyed a “Legend of Zelda” game, you’ll almost certainly dig the first “Beyond Good & Evil” game.

The sequel, however, looks to broaden the scope of the series dramatically – from a third-person action-adventure game to a massive, galaxy-trotting space opera.

Beyond Good & Evil 2

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Sounds good, right? And that’s before we start talking about gun-toting monkeys, anthropomorphic pigs, and space temples.

Beyond Good & Evil 2

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Here’s what we know about “Beyond Good & Evil 2” so far.


In “Beyond Good & Evil 2,” it’s the 24th century and humanity has moved to the stars.

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Humanity is colonizing planets in the Milky Way, a push led by India and China.

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The culture, religion, and architecture of those civilizations shines through in these new colonies.
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Who’s building those colonies? A new type of slave: Animal-human hybrids.

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Not all of these creatures are enslaved — both the pig and monkey in this piece are seemingly free. But there’s certainly lingering cultural tension due to the arrangement.
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One of the first things that jumps out in the debut trailer for “Beyond Good & Evil 2” is the design of the city. It’s intricate, and lived in, and — frankly — stunning.

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That same level of detail is lavished on the interaction between the monkey and the pig. Even these dumplings got a lot of love.

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Of note: None of these images are in-game footage. This is a CG trailer aimed at showcasing the vision of the game.

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That’s why you get this level of detail — no game console, including the PC, is capable of rendering this level of graphical fidelity in real-time.
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So, what do you do in “Beyond Good & Evil 2”? There’s a main story, and characters to interact with, but a major part of the game is what destiny you choose.

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Maybe you choose to be a ruthless monkey thief!
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The story of “Beyond Good & Evil 2” is a tale you’ve no doubt experienced before: Going from a nobody to a hero.

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Maybe you choose to be a James Dean-esque vagabond!
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Along the way, you’ll come across neat equipment that’ll make the game all the more fun to play. The monkey in the debut trailer, for instance, has an metal hand he uses as a grappling hook.

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And just like that, he hookshots himself out of the building, leaving a furious pig mobster in his wake.

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A subsequent chase is representative of the type of resistance you’ll find in System 3, the main hub area featured in the game’s debut trailer.

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You may never experience this exact mission, but you’ll likely encounter plenty that aren’t so different.
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It’s a massive city with a lot of “verticality” — meaning there are multiple levels to be explored, teeming with life.

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It’s a massive, living city. Which explains why the police presence is so serious.

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That’s a massive police ship!
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But, this time, our heroes manage to escape unscathed. They’ve even got the disc they came to acquire.

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Disc in hand, smirk on face.
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They take their stolen ship out of the main city, out into the future suburbs of a distant planet.

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These temples are called “wats” — they’re common in Buddhist and Hindu tradition.
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The two thieves fly to a larger ship full of their pirate buddies — another concept that’s apparently close to the heart of the actual game.

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The combination of character creation, personal story, and online multiplayer is crucial to “Beyond Good & Evil 2.” Maybe you’re a trader. Maybe you’re a pirate. Maybe you’re a king. You do you in “Beyond Good & Evil 2.”

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It’s clear that stuff like “Blade Runner” (and modern day Southeast Asia, China, and India) influenced the design of “Beyond Good & Evil 2.”
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The game doesn’t have a release date beyond “2018,” and there are no platforms announced for it. We’d guess it’ll come to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC when it arrives — but don’t hold your breath for a Nintendo Switch version. Check out the first full trailer for the game right here: