Child of Light 2 is Unlikely Despite Previous Tease
Despite teasing Child of Light 2 last year, Creative Director Patrick Plourde says that a follow up from Ubisoft is unlikely.
One of the most unique and charming games to come out of Ubisoft in recent years is Ubisoft Montreal’s Child of Light. The UbiArt Framework allowed for a gorgeous art style that was bolstered by fun turn based gameplay and a fairy tale aesthetic. While Child of Light Creative Director Patrick Plourde seemed to tease a follow up last August, he recently told Video Games Chronicle that a Child of Light 2 is unlikely to happen.
“Right now, I don’t think there’s a Child of Light 2 being produced…I’m not holding my breath…I don’t think it’s the type of game that Ubisoft wants to make…In terms of portfolio, it’s still supported – we ported it on Switch and we’re still selling a bunch of copies, but it’s just that right now it’s all about games as a service.” Plourde commented. “We can make money out of it, but you can make more money elsewhere. That’s the problem of not being independent while making this.”
Ubisoft has made a name for themselves in the games as a service scene in recent years with titles like For Honor, Rainbow Six Siege, and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands, and the success of these titles seems to have trickled down into the kind of games they produce. The UbiArt Framework has also fallen out of favor at Ubisoft in recent years due to how difficult it can be to develop form, which likely isn’t helping the game’s chances of getting greenlit.
Like Plourde mentioned, Child of Light as an IP isn’t being ignored. The game recently came to Switch and is actually getting a TV show; in fact, that TV show is the one thing that “if it happens, maybe then that could open a door for a sequel because you’d want to capitalize,” according to Plourde. While Patrick Plourde is currently not involved in the creation of a Child of Light 2, he does have an idea for it outlined in a document.
That document is what he teased last year, and it actually houses an idea for a prequel to the original. “I know the major beats, the location, and that it would feature multiple protagonists. It would have two protagonists going on different paths in life with different motivations, linked by their friendship.” Video Games Chronicle went on to describe that the game would “examine the nature of both love and friendship, as well as how people change as they grow up.”
While Child of Light 2 doesn’t seem like it will be in the development pipeline over at Ubisoft Montreal anytime soon, fans of the series can at least be satisfied by the fact that a concept for a sequel exists. If you are curious about how exactly Child of Light was created, you can also check out Video Games Chronicle’s article about that.
Child of Light is currently available for Nintendo Switch, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.