After almost 15 years, Ubisoft finally shows trailer for ‘Beyond Good & Evil 2’

During Ubisoft’s press conference at E3 2017, the company showcased Beyond Good & Evil 2, the long-awaited “prequel” to the 2003 original. Taking place in a new solar system (aka System 3), the game introduces new characters such as the monkey-manKnox, heroine Shani, and what appears to be the antagonist of this prequel, the kingpin pig Zhou.

The time period is the 24th century. In the Milky Way galaxy, System 3 is at the heart of colonization and interstellar trade due to the creation of Hybrid slaves. According to Ubisoft, the colonists have brought with them the “rich and diverse spiritual and cultural heritages” from the planet Earth of old. However, private enterprises struggle with each other over controlling resources to obtain more power.

That’s all we know of the story for now, but Ubisoft says that players will rise from the status of a lowly pirate to a legendary captain. The cinematic trailer sees Knox escaping the clutches of Zhou on the back of a flying motorcycle piloted by Shani. Armed with a laser pistol, Knox shoots at armored hovercrafts manned by police as they’re pursued along the crowded airways of a futuristic city.

The theatrical trailer is action-packed to say the least, with Shani and Knox juking rockets, dodging other aircraft, and using jump jets to take control of a police hovercraft, all leading up to the destruction of a titanic armored ship patrolling the city. These two characters, it seems, have no respect for the local authority.

Eventually the two return to their team in the desert with a stolen disc at hand. After discovering its contents, Shani indicates that the solar system depicted in the disc’s hologram will provide her gang with “true freedom.” After that, we see a huge pirate ship-like carrier rise from within a blanket of clouds covering the planet below, and head for the stars beyond.

Ubisoft says that the game can be played solo or with friends “in a vast and seamless online playground.” Unfortunately, Ubisoft wasn’t forthcoming about any details regarding the prequel, such as the platform destinations and release date. For now, fans can provide their input and help shape the game’s outcome by signing up with the Space Monkey Program here.

Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Write music with your voice, make homemade cheese

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Movies & TV

The best new podcasts to listen to on your daily commute

Feel like you’re drowning in podcasts? In this weekly series we’ll help you pick out the best from the rest of the new and returning shows. This week’s picks include a call to arms for creativity, an infamous baggie of crack, and…
Gaming

The best of the last generation: Our 50 favorite Xbox 360 games

The Xbox 360 thrived during a generation where games were plentiful. Here's our list of the best Xbox 360 games of all time, including all game genres and even a few special indie hits.
Home Theater

What’s new on Netflix and what movies and shows are leaving in April 2019

Our complete list of what's new on Netflix for April 2019 and which titles will be removed will help you catch up on your bingeing, and also ensure you don't miss any titles heading into the streaming ether.
Deals

The best Nintendo Switch deals and bundles for March 2019

Looking to score Nintendo's latest console? We've smoked out the best Nintendo Switch deals right here, including discounts on bundles that feature must-have games like Super Mario Odyssey, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and Zelda: Breath of…
Gaming

Nintendo Labo: VR Kit has a ton of games you can play with starting April 12

Nintendo Labo: VR Kit has a plethora of games to play after you're done building the Toy-Cons. From an on-rails alien shooter to a deep sea photography adventure, here's what you can play with Labo: VR Kit. You can even make your own games.
Gaming

Get Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice for free when buying an Xbox One

You can get Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice for free when buying an Xbox One from Newegg. Eight different bundles are available for this deal, so you can walk away with Sekiro and another game such as The Division 2 or Anthem.
Gaming

How to break Posture and deal a Shinobi Deathblow in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is an incredibly difficult game, and managing the Posture system is a key part of improving and tackling the latest From Software title's most challenging sections.
Gaming

Here's what we know about the Dark Souls developer's next game

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is the latest game from Dark Souls and Bloodborne developer From Software. Here is everything we know about the new game, including its setting and combat changes.
Gaming

Here's where Xur is and what he has for wares this week in Destiny 2: Forsaken

The weekly vendor in Destiny 2: Forsaken always brings Exotic weapons and armor, some of the toughest loot to find in the game. Here's everything you need to know to track down Xur: Where he is, when he shows up, and what he's stocking.
Gaming

Here's a look at how the Epic Games Store is sizing up to the competition

The Epic Games Store has picked up exclusives left and right since its launch last December. From AAA games like The Division 2 to wonderful indies like Hades, the Epic Games store has an impressive library of exclusives.
Gaming

Master Shinobi combat with our Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice beginner's guide

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is one of the hardest games of the generation, and it can be overwhelming, even for those who have played From Software's other games. Here is what you need to know to get started.
Gaming

World of Warcraft's allied races will make you want to start a new character

The Horde and Alliance are seeking new allies in their struggle for control of Azeroth. Whether you pledge your allegiance to the Horde or Alliance, we've got a guide to help you unlock every allied race that's coming in Battle for Azeroth.
Computing

Nvidia faces attacks from AMD, Intel, and even Google. Should it be worried?

Nvidia announced an expanded array of RTX server solutions designed to leverage the power of ray-tracing at GTC 2019. The effort will help Nvidia take on Google's Stadia in game streaming with GeForce Now, and the company's investments in…