Beyond Good & Evil 2 has a new lead writer five years after the game was first announced. Progress on the game was exceptionally slow, leading some to question its existence. But today’s announcement makes it clear that Ubisoft is still determined to complete the Beyond Good & Evil sequel after all this time.
Sarah Arellano updated her Twitter to announce that she has become the lead writer for Beyond Good & Evil 2. She previously worked at Volition on the script for the upcoming Saints Row reboot before moving to Blizzard as a narrative designer for World of Warcraft.
Beyond Good & Evil 2 has a fairly long development cycle. First announced in 2017 with a high-profile trailer, Ubisoft hasn’t said much about the game since. In 2018 and early 2019, several videos were published showing gameplay elements and new mechanics, but nothing much has happened since.
A February report stated that Beyond Good & Evil 2 was still in pre-production, and in May Ubisoft was still hiring staff for the game. Today’s announcement seems to indicate that all is not well with Beyond Good & Evil 2 if Ubisoft is still hiring key staff five years later.
Since Ubisoft was rocked by numerous scandals in the summer of 2020, the French developer has been having trouble retaining talented employees. A report released late last year noted that talented veterans were leaving Ubisoft in a “great exodus” and workers called the exodus “a cut artery.” This resulted in many games being canceled or delayed as Ubisoft struggled to retain key talent.
A recent report by A Better Ubisoft notes that the company continues to lose talent as it refuses to make necessary reforms. A year after writing an open letter to Ubisoft management, A Better Ubisoft notes that none of its demands have been met.