Beyond Good & Evil 2 was orig­i­nal­ly announced nine years ago in 2008. Since then the game has popped up with var­i­ous images and teasers, but nev­er a prop­er reveal. Many spec­u­lat­ed that the game was stuck in devel­op­ment hell and even­tu­al­ly be can­celled. 

Cre­ator Michel Ancel has now giv­en fans new hope. In a response to a fan ques­tion on Insta­gram, Ancel said that Beyond Good & Evil 2 will not be at this year’s E3. How­ev­er he did con­firm that the game is being worked on and might be shown lat­er this year. 

Mhhh, not sure that E3 would be the best place to show­case Bg&e2, but we’re work­ing on the game so some­time this year, you should hear about it!”

For those won­der­ing why the game is tak­ing so long to devel­op, Ancel also explained that on Insta­gram in Octo­ber 2016. He stat­ed that the game had many tech­ni­cal issues and was large in scope. Despite hav­ing playable pro­to­types the game suf­fered from too many issues and even­tu­al­ly the devel­op­er moved on to devel­op Ray­man.

The game was playable with many pro­to­types. All videos where real time, but we had too much tech­ni­cal issues. We want­ed plan­et explo­ration, space trav­el, cities … All this was also sup­posed to be in BGE 1 … Instead of not doing the game of our dreams, we decid­ed to return to 2d, have fun with Ray­man and go back at work for Beyond good and Evil 2.”

What­ev­er the sta­tus of Beyond Good & Evil 2 may be, the game is still in devel­op­ment and there is still a chance fans will get more news lat­er this year.