Ubisoft’s CEO Yves Guillemot certainly has some lofty expectations when it comes to the highly anticipated Beyond Good and Evil 2. Speaking with Kotaku, he states, "What is very important with this next product is that it will be perfect."
Of course, perfection is going to take time, but Yves believes the wait will be worth it, saying that developer Michel Ancel is looking to bring something "really exciting. But everybody needs a little bit of patience."
Fiscally speaking, the original game wasn’t exactly what Ubisoft were hoping for, but word of mouth and strong reviews have made the sequel one of the most anticipated games of this console generation. While it seems like a gamble to put so much faith in a sequel that many worry could suffer the same fate, Guillemot believes the risk isn’t nearly as great with the buzz that’s been generated by fans of the first game.
This isn’t the first risk Ubisoft has taken, mind you. Back when Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time was released, sales were considered disappointing. However, critics loved it, and the subsequent sequels were well received by fans. Investing in a title that can gain that kind of support can certainly pay off.
When it all comes down to it, Guillemot believes that companies have to take these risks. Initial concerns about finances are a problem, sure, but seeing a company as big as Ubi put stock in the games that are decidedly different from the norm, (unlike some companies that rhyme with Smacktivision), means that gamers won’t be left wanting for something more.
No release date is available for Beyond Good and Evil 2, but those who haven’t tried it should check out their local game store bargain bins and used sections and grab the original, a game that holds up as well today as it did when it came out.SOURCE