It may seem like Beyond Good and Evil 2 is nowhere near ready to be played by a wide set of players, but it's allegedly heading to beta earlier than you may think. As revealed by director Michel Ancel on his concept art-stuffed Instagram, the team at Ubisoft Montpellier are aiming to have a playable beta ready "for the end of next year."
That's shocking, considering all we've really seen of it are two cinematic trailers and a very rough prototype of it in action. Ubisoft was also under fire last week during E3 2018 after partnering with HitRecord for a new art commissioning initiative, for art that could be merged into Beyond Good and Evil 2. The controversy lie in that the bulk of concept spec work asked of fans—the art that doesn't get chosen—will remain as unpaid labor.
Beyond Good and Evil 2 is still in the very early stages of development, with no word on when it's aiming for release, even if its beta is shooting for late 2019. In the meantime, check out our everything we know guide for all the details we have so far on the highly anticipated follow-up.