Beyond Good & Evil 2 Gets a New Lead Writer

Beyond Good & Evil 2 Gets a New Lead Writer

Matt Lorrigan

Beyond Good & Evil 2 is still alive and kicking, it seems, with a new lead writer joining the project.

Sarah Arellano announced her new role at Ubisoft as lead writer on Beyond Good & Evil 2 earlier this week, having previously worked as narrative designer on World of Warcraft, and writer on the upcoming Saints Row reboot.

A follow up to the 2003 title Beyond Good & Evil, Ubisoft has had Beyond Good & Evil 2 in development in one form or another for a very long time now. However, we didn't get our first look at the game in its current form until Ubisoft dropped a new trailer at E3 2017.

However, with creative director Michel Ancel leaving Ubisoft in 2020, it seemed that development on the title might have stalled. Ubisoft later stated that Beyond Good & Evil 2 was “progressing well”, and it seems that, at the very least, a new lead writer joining the team shows us that the project is still in development, albeit possibly with a bit of a narrative shakeup.

  • Shouldn't the writing be one of the first things done for any entertainment project with a narrative? I'll be surprised if this releases before the PS6 comes out.
  • Just put the poor thing out of its misery already.
  • A new lead writer, with other words they're starting from scratch.... again
  • When you bring int a completely new *lead* writer two years after the last notable head left the project is very much neither alive, nor kicking.

    I was interested when she worked at WoW, because the last two expansions weren't exactly lauded for their narrative. Well, 2020-2022. So probably worked on the new one already ... anyway
    Her self-claimed accolades in her LinkedIn profile don't exactly look like senior material, even less "lead". I have no clue what she did on Saints Row, but when "Working with excel and proprietary software." is one of the descriptors ...

    I don't have nay hope for this to turn out well. And with an attitude to leave a company after not even two years, the next change is imminent.
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