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BGE2 Not Yet Gone To The Great Beyond

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It wasn’t happening and then it was happening and then it maybe wasn’t again and now it is again. The cosmic ballet continues. After making the internet en masse do its sex face with news that Michel Ancel’s Beyond Good & Evil 2 was in development and later seeing an apparent leak of some spine-tickling possible concept footage, hope it would happen seemed to evaporate. Silence fell. Grown men wept. Or at least tweeted. Then! Suddenly! As publishers seem to have had some sort of green light to start muttering about next-generation consoles all of a sudden, Ubisoft have joined the fray. Well, abstractly. Contrary to what other sites have been screaming hysterically today, Ancel and his team have not outright stated that the game’s bound for future-devices, instead claiming that the game “needs more tech” and they’ll work out what can actually run it once it’s more or less complete.
I know what can run it: a PC. Lots of PCs, in fact. So you can just release it now, stop worrying about those loungeboxes and the world will be a better place.

As for details, we don’ts gots thems. Well, not many of ’em anyway. “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,” said Ancel in a French-language video interview since translated by NeoGaf.

He also addresses murmurings that Jade’s return will see her running along the edge of a mirror. “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.”

This is what he’s referring to:

“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.”

That sounds just like my life. Cameramen follow me everywhere these days, always hoping that one evening I’ll climb out of a taxi while not wearing any knickers.

It would be quite monstrous of me to leave that as your last mental image resulting from this post, so instead I shall redirect your attention to the picture atop it, which you can click up for bigosity and is alleged to be an in-game screenshot of the game, via AGB.

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