Apparently the Beyond Good and Evil 2 Hinduism that we’ll be seeing when the game comes out is making a few actual Hindus nervous because the religion plays a big role in the game’s narrative. While we’ve only seen it in trailers for now, the main game might be different.
In the game’s reveal trailer at E3 2017, we got a good look at a very India-inspired planet filled with statues of the elephant god Ganesh, and background lore about the many temples and gardens that are also on the planet. This is going to be a major area of the game known as Ganesha City, and is one of the multiple places we’ll be going that will have Hindu images in it.
With such a big emphasis on Beyond Good and Evil 2 Hinduism, it’s not that much of a surprise that many Hindu activists are rather concerned about the portrayal of their religion. While Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed series touts itself on being developed by a multicultural development team of various faiths and beliefs, the Beyond Good and Evil 2 game might not have a similar attitude.
Hinduism is one of the primary religions in India and other parts of Southeast Asia, alongside other religions like Buddhism. At least one Hindu activist, Rajan Zed, has expressed that he hopes that the Beyond Good and Evil 2 Hinduism in the game would showcase everything about the religion authentically, including concepts, traditions, objects, terminology, and deities.
The possibility of a religion being misinterpreted or disrespected in the pursuit of profit is something of great concern to a lot of Hindus, so if Ubisoft doesn’t treat it with enough respect they could be at the center of a PR gaffe, though at the same time hopefully they will be able to research Hinduism properly and be able to treat it with respect in the game.