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Beyond Good and Evil 2: About slave trading and the different environments

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Beyond Good and Evil 2 is undoubtedly one of Ubisoft's most anticipated upcoming releases. When it finally lands on gaming platforms, it will also be Ubisoft's most ambitious open world game to date. The game was announced at E3 2017, but since then we've not had a lot of development news. If you're part of the Space Monkey program, then you've received small updates about what Ubisoft is currently working on in the game.

We last talked about the vehicles, ships and crew of Beyond Good and Evil 2, and since then Ubisoft released a few very interesting teasers on the game's official website.

Beyond Good and Evil 2 - Hybrid Slaves

The above image shows a "hybrid" slave, yes, the cute piggy. In Beyond Good and Evil 2 hybrid slave trading forms the backbone of System 3's economy. "The Hybrid Slave Codes made slavery a permanent condition, inherited through trademarked genomes, and defined hybrid slaves as property: inanimate objects with no feelings and no rights," explains the blog post.

It is unclear what role the player will take on in relation to the hybrid slave trade, but you will definitely be confronted with it throughout your journey. Remember, you start at the bottom of the food chain, and by completing tasks on different planets you gain wealth and experience - and this will undoubtedly bring you in contact with hybrid slaves. I wouldn't be surprised if one of the crew members turn out to be an escaped hybrid slave.

In Beyond Good and Evil 2, besides being a pet or a bodyguard, hybrid slaves can also be used as:

  • Pleasure providers, or bluntly, sex slaves
  • Organ banks for their owners
  • Forced labour
  • Combatants in Blood Sports
  • Trackers to hunt down escaped slaves

It screams controversy and sets the stage for some fascinating ethical and moral debates, which I hope Ubisoft will explore in the game. It wasn't a focus in the first instalment, but from what I've gathered it is something the developer wants to emphasise more in the prequel. Ubisoft didn't confirm that the above hybrid slaves will all feature in the game, but they're definitely playing with the idea.

What happens if a hybrid slave rebels? If its master doesn't have a use for it, or is unhappy with the product? What happens to its body once it outlived its usefulness? Ubisoft pushes that question even further by ending the blog post with this; "Maybe their organic matter gets recycled into fertilizer or consumable goods…"

Beyond Good and Evil 2 -The open world

The second update was a series of concept art showcasing the vast open world of Beyond Good and Evil 2. It looks like there will be a great many different landscapes to explore; from lush green valleys with secret temples to black markets in city slums. I would think that each section, or planet, will have its unique population that reflects the surroundings in some way.

I assume the black market would have traders, thieves and workers, while the tranquil temple planet would have monks or priests of some kind. Each location would also need transport that is suitable for its environment. Ubisoft left a few teasers about different environments they're "thinking" about.

  • Secret Pirate lairs on asteroids, spaceports, dormant volcanic craters…
  • Black markets in city slums
  • Treacherous mining operations
  • Lush valleys with sacred temples

Some of the environments might even co-exist on one planet. So far, we have no idea how many locations there will be in the game. I hope the depth of each environment is rich enough to create a world within a world.

Beyond Good and Evil 2 will be a single-player experience with co-op support. There is no release date yet or confirmed platforms.

Source: BGE 2

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