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Ubisoft classic Beyond Good & Evil is free on PC

Beyond Good & Evil.


Ubisoft has revealed that the classic action-adventure game Beyond Good & Evil is available for free this month in the publisher’s digital PC games store, Uplay.

Beyond Good & Evil originally came out back in 2003 for PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, and PC. Although the futuristic, Legend of Zelda-inspired title was a sales disappointment for Ubisoft, it received great reviews and a loyal following, eventually becoming a cult classic.

For years, Ubisoft has teased a sequel. We originally saw Beyond Good & Evil 2 via a trailer back in 2008. After that, the game seemed to disappear. Recently, however, the original’s director (Michel Ancel, who also created the Rayman franchise for Ubisoft) has shared Beyond Good & Evil 2 concept art on his Instagram.

But that sequel, if it ever comes out, is a long way off. In the meantime, we may as well enjoy the original for free.

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Via: Clean Technica

Source: University of Warwick

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