Yeah, in retrospect, BG&E2 never really had a chance. Maybe right at the very beginning, when it was first conceived/announced (about 5 years after the first game), it's possible that they could have come up with something similar to the first game. But then two years later Assassin's Creed 2 released, the Ubisoft formula was invented and the rest is history. Delusional fans like me kept hanging on to slivers of hope that it could still be a good game while Michel Ancel was leading the project, and then he left too. The truth is, though, that Ubisoft is not a company of auteurs. In fact, they are the exact opposite; the quintessential factory line of video game production. They make the same game over and over, just with different skins. There are games out now made by three people that have more creativity, heart and ambition than a 3000 person Ubisoft production.
There isn't a chance in hell that BG&E2 will be anything like it's predecessor or what it's fans want it to be.
Ubisoft has shit the bed on a historic scale;
This game has worse prospects than even Star Citizen. Fucking hell.