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Beyond Good and Evil 2 'in-engine demo' showcases lots of technology but no game

 

Beyond Good and Evil 2 made a big splash at E3 last week when a spectacular cinematic teaser made a surprise appearance at the end of Ubisoft's press event. But there was no actual gameplay on display, and creator Michel Ansel later said that the project was on "day zero of development," despite many prior years of promises that it was "still in development. " But based on the "in-engine demo" video released today, I'd say his characterization of the current state of the game is pretty much on the money. Technologically, the demo looks fantastic.

 
 
Beyond Good and Evil 2: E3 2017 First In-Engine Demo

The player's home base is a 400-meter mothership that can deploy a smaller shuttlecraft, from which characters can depart and fly around—like "Russian dolls," as Ancel put it. It promises full planetary simulation with different biomes, and even details like atmospheric friction that causes a halo effect around ships when they depart or reenter the atmosphere. Ancel also

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