Beyond Good & Evil 2 in “active creation”

High-def target video, in-engine screenshot.

Beyond Good & Evil creator Michael Ancel has confirmed Ubisoft Montpellier is currently “in an active creation stage” for Beyond Good & Evil 2. However, “it’s a very ambitious game” that needs “some tech to achieve that ambition.” Essentially, Beyond Good & Evil 2 is asking for next-generation consoles.

“We won’t make promises that we can’t keep,” said Ancel during a Toulouse Game Show interview (via NeoGAF). “We are in an active creation stage and at this moment we are only focusing on the game and making it the best game that we can. That decision would just distract us from that objective.”

He added: “We focus on the game. We create it first, then we’ll see what can run it.” As it’s turned out for Beyond Good & Evil 2, this generation’s tech wasn’t strong enough.

“We won’t say 2013 because we don’t know when it will come,” Ancel said. “We’re working to create a great game and it needs more tech.”

Asked if the leaked 2009-leaked target video of the game was inspired by Mirror’s Edge, Ancel said it was completely original.

“No, not at all. We had this concept even before Mirror’s Edge launched. And we have a different approach to the first person perspective that Mirror’s Edge has. Prince of Persia and Assassin’s Creed are closer to what we have in mind with the control of the character in a third person perspective. We use a very dynamic camera that shakes a lot during the action to add life to the camera giving the impression of an action news cover team following Jade. Maybe that could be similar to Mirror’s Edge but the game itself is very different.”

A high-definition version of that clip, as well as a video showcasing the helicopter model seen at the end of the video, have recently found their way online. Production on this version of the game was halted in 2009, as Ubisoft decided to focus on other titles.

Additionally, today comes an in-engine screenshot leak.

Stay tuned. NeoGAF user Shiggy (who leaked the HD video and screenshot) is promising daily leaks.

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