They’re Finally Making That Beyond Good and Evil Sequel, but Are Ditching the Only Thing We Remember
Not to brag, but I liked the original Beyond Good and Evil game before it was cool. I was a Playstation 2 man back in the good old days of 2003, and I remember seeing an article either online or in one of those old gaming mags that listed BGAE as something like ‘the best game you’ve never heard of’. So I went out on a whim, picked it up and loved the heck out of it! It was a great game.
Which is why everybody has hanging on every word of a potential sequel for years now. We enjoyed the game and would like to continue playing as the heroic Jade, the photographer/ass-kicker protagonist.
Well finally, at E3 this week, Beyond Good and Evil 2 was properly announced! But here’s the weird thing…it’s going to be a prequel. No Jade.
That doesn’t make any sense to me.
Does anybody remember anything about the “mythology” of the original game? All I remember is that it was a fun game with a cool main character, who fought bad guys and took photographs on the side. And she had a pig-man sidekick. I don’t remember anything about the planets or the galaxy or the government or the society. I don’t remember anything about what they plan to build this prequel on.
It’s been more than 10 years. We all wanted a sequel, sure, but why take away the most iconic thing about the original game? Especially when that was badass, cool female protagonist?
Can it really be considered part of the same franchise if everything is different? Sure, this prequel has apparently got talking pig-men, but that’s hardly unique to this game alone. They’ve got those in Angry Birds.
The game engine is going to be different. The gameplay is going to be different. The characters and concepts are going to be different. The people making the game are going to be different.
Is this just a company banking on a popular name brand? Banking on the idea that all us video game nerds kept the hope of a sequel alive all these years?
Stupid world. This is why we can’t have nice things.