At E3 2017, Ubisoft ended its press conference with an incredible trailer for Beyond Good and Evil 2. Described as a “prequel and spiritual successor” to 2003’s Beyond Good and Evil, the new game also promises a “multi-ethnic” world including many characters of colour.
Beyond Good and Evil 2 isn’t the only game announced at E3 that promises to be inclusive to people of colour, with Assassin’s Creed Origins and Dishonored: Death of the Outsider both featuring black protagonists.
Beyond Good and Evil 2 Has a ‘Multi-Ethnic’ World
In Beyond Good and Evil 2, players head to System 3 “a place where limited resources are viciously warred over by various private enterprises.” Set in the 24th century, “evolved species and diverse cultures” struggle for survival in System 3, which makes the location a great place to become a pirate captain.
Players will go from just an average pirate to a captain and will travel through the solar system as a “massive, seamless online environment.” Ubisoft also teases that Beyond Good and Evil 2 will allow players to explore System 3 alone or with friends and “dive into the foundations of the franchise’s universe while traveling between diverse planets and moons in search of adventure.”
Any news about Beyond Good and Evil 2 is exciting, given the original game’s cult status, but what has really caught people’s eyes is that the upcoming game will feature plenty of people of colour. At this point, it’s unclear exactly who the player character is, but if the promotional art for the game is anything to go by, we could be playing as a black female protagonist who also sports an afro (which is something that you don’t often see in media.)
Even if we don’t get to play as the game’s cool, afro-sporting pirate, Beyond Good and Evil 2 will at least star non-white characters in several other roles. The ship that the characters dart off on at the end is also piloted by a woman of colour and given that Ubisoft also teases that players will “fight for freedom alongside unforgettable characters” we should have a lot of chances to see these new friends in action.
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