Ubisoft's big E3 announcement was the reveal of some early footage and gameplay from Beyond Good And Evil 2. While there was a playable demo at E3, it wasn't playable for most of us, we had it sit back and watch a developer play through the game's early build. It wasn't that impressive to most of us, and the lack of any real progress in the game was obvious. It led to some decent disappointment for Ubisoft as Beyond Good And Evil 2 was not the most talked about game at the show, but they're likely hoping that showing off the tech demo to everyone will help.
While those who attended E3 probably saw this demo, the folks at home – and those standing in the Wolfenstein II line all day for a milkshake – now have the chance to view the early tech demo with a walkthrough by creative director Michel Ancel.
The video's description over on YouTube tells us quite a bit about the hype behind the game, and little else. Which is typical of Beyond Good And Evil 2 so far.
Journey to System 3, for the prequel to one of Ubisoft's most beloved games! Fight alongside unforgettable characters in a stunning new solar system, as you struggle for freedom and the right to determine your own fate among the stars. Play the adventure by yourself or with friends in a vast and seamless online playground.
Beyond Good and Evil 2 is the spiritual successor to the cult classic, a prequel that will transport players into a profoundly multicultural world, capturing the spirit of the original with grandiose decors and intense dramas that play out across a vast universe. Through the Space Monkey Program, Ubisoft Montpellier will be developing the game alongside its community of fans.
System 3 has become the center of interstellar trade and colonization in the Milky Way of the 24th century, thanks to the creation of Hybrid slaves. While private enterprises fight over resources and power, the first colonists weave together the rich and diverse spiritual and cultural heritages of Old Earth to give meaning to their existence. In this new era of piracy, we will rise from lowly pirate to legendary captain at the helm of massive star-faring vessels, adventuring alongside crews of colorful characters to fight for freedom and the right to determine our own fate among the stars!
So, a whole wall of text for a whole lot of nothing, right? Still, the tech demo is at least something tangible. It is built in-engine and features early in-game assets which are not quite up to par quali