The 20th Anniversary Edition of Ubisoft’s Beyond Good & Evil has been leaked by the official Xbox store. This comes soon after an ESRB rating also pointed out that the game was in the works. The listing on the Xbox store was quickly deleted, but as always, someone managed to get a screenshot of the listing along with what features it promises.
Beyond Good & Evil 20th Anniversary Edition promises 4K at 60FPS with better visuals, controls, and audio, along with quality-of-life improvements like autosaving and cross-saving. The listing said:
Enjoy exclusive new rewards as you explore the planet and discover more about Jade’s past in a new treasure hunt throughout Hillys. Put your skills to the test thanks to the new speedrun mode and updated achievements, and learn more about the game’s development and secrets in the anniversary gallery.
Xbox Store Leak
The original Beyond Good & Evil came out way back in 2003 on the PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, and PC. And it already got a remaster in 2011 on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. But since then the franchise has not seen any releases.
Beyond Good & Evil Leaked And The Future Of the Franchise
It is often referred to as a franchise because Ubisoft has been hard at work on a sequel to Beyond Good & Evil for almost 20 years. The first trailer for the sequel came out in 2008 and then went radio silent for almost a decade before showing up at E3 2017 and the following year as well.
Ubisoft confirmed that Beyond Good & Evil 2 would be a prequel to the original game, and at the time, it seemed its release was just around the corner. But then it vanished yet again and with Ubisoft churning away when it comes to other IPs, it seems Beyond Good & Evil 2 is in some form of development hell.
What further cements the fact that the game is in development hell is a report that confirmed that Ubisoft managing director Guillaume Carmona left the studio. On top of that, dozens of developers took their leave because of stress, and technically, Beyond Good & Evil 2 wasn’t even considered to be in pre-production at Ubisoft. With no complete vision for the project being set, and the creative director for the game, Emile Morel passing away at 40 in July 2023, it is fair to assume it will remain stuck for a very long time.