Beyond Good and Evil 20th Anniversary Edition revealed by US ratings board

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A listing on the ESRB ratings board in the US suggests there’s a Beyond Good and Evil anniversary re-release on the way.


Originally released in 2003, the much-loved sci-fi adventure Beyond Good and Evil could be getting a new anniversary edition within a matter of weeks.

The Beyond Good and Evil 20th Anniversary Edition appears to have been revealed by the ESRB in the US, with the name popping up in a listing on its website (thanks, Eurogamer).

“This is an action-adventure game in which players assume the role of a reporter accompanied by a pig-like companion investigating a conspiracy on the planet of Hillys,” a blurb on the ESRB site reads. “From a third-person perspective, players explore fantasy locations, take photos of evidence, solve puzzles, and fight robot and alien enemies. Combat is sometimes fast-paced, with players using melee weapons (e.g., staffs, torches) to strike stylised enemies that generally break apart or vanish into puffs of smoke. One boss battle depicts a squid-like alien stabbed in the eye, with yellow-green splatter effects.”

As a result of that eye-stabbing and yellow-green splatter, the ESRB has given the re-release a 10+ rating for “animated blood and fantasy violence.”

The same listing also reveals that the re-issued Beyond Good and Evil will appear on PS, Switch, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S. There’s no word on a release date, but given the game came out in 2003 and there’s only a few months of 2023 left, its launch surely can’t be too far away. (Here’s hoping it won’t come out in the already overcrowded month of October.)

News of the reissue arrives around the time of another anniversary: work on Beyond Good and Evil 2, billed as a prequel to the 2003 original, began development a full 15 years ago. At the time of writing, developer Ubisoft Montpellier hasn’t announced when that game will emerge.

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