OK, Jade fans. The good news is that Ubisoft has confirmed that they have indeed been working at some Beyond Good & Evil stuff and that they've been looking at what they can do further with the IP. The bad news is that they still can't say if what we saw will ever be fully developed into a game.
This is the long and short of what Ubisoft s North America s president, Laurent Detoc, said about the game in a recent interview with IndustryGamers. When asked about the risks publishers face when putting out new IP, Detoc said:
...it doesn't work out every time, and sometimes you come back to an IP that didn't work because you still think it could have like Beyond Good and Evil, which was leaked, so now people know we're working on a new one. Whether or not it comes out remains to be seen anyway, but we didn't want to abandon that IP because it has a cache and authenticity about it. There's something very pure about that game and it's too bad that we were not able to build it as an IP at the time.
He then went on to clarify that they've been working on some "stuff," but not a full-fledged sequel. Not right now, anyway.
Well, I didn't say there's definitely going to be another game. I said something had leaked, which means we've been working on some Beyond Good and Evil stuff, but whether there's going to be another game or not, that's something for the future. But getting to your question as to why there's work on the IP again, it's a creative people business; the creative talent is interested in it and possibly exploring how to do it from a new angle.
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