Beyond Good and Evil 2 is real in E3's biggest surprise trailer

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Jun 12, 2017

In an absolute shocker, Ubisoft revealed a debut trailer of Beyond Good and Evil 2 to close out their E3 2017 showcase Monday. The trailer, which somehow in this internet age did not leak ahead of time, was even more of a surprise after a Ubisoft employee took to Instagram to flat-out deny BGE2 would be so much as mentioned at the show. That turned out to be a ruse, but judging by the way Twitter absolutely exploded, no one seems too upset that they got fooled.

Yes, Beyond Good and Evil 2, the sequel to a fan-favorite game for the original Xbox and PlayStation 2, is finally coming after a 14-year wait. The game is a prequel, taking place in System 3, and it has another surprise, as thanks to the "Space Monkey Program," players and fans will actually have a hand in the development of the game and what directions it takes. There are direct connections to the original game while still telling its own brand-new story. You'll be able to play online in co-op; so in the trailer when one character is driving and another is shooting from the back of the vehicle, that's something you'll actually see in gameplay.

Watch the trailer, as well as the "director's cut," where creative director Michel Ancel gives a scene-by-scene breakdown and some new insight into the game, below. The official description from Ubisoft for Beyond Good and Evil 2, release date pending, follows.

"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!​"