Ubisoft’s Michel Ancel Announces Departure from Video Games, Development of Beyond Good and Evil 2 and WiLD Will Continue
Rayman and Beyond Good and Evil creator Michel Ancel has announced he is leaving Ubisoft after a 30-year career in gaming.
Perhaps the most well-known creator within Ubisoft, Michel Ancel announced today that he is ending his 30-year venture within the video games industry and will be moving on to pursue other passions.
Ancel took to Instagram today and revealed that he is turning his focus to that of wildlife. The creator behind titles like Rayman, Beyond Good and Evil, and Peter Jackon’s King Kong said that his next pursuit “takes place in the real world” and will focus on animal sanctuaries.
You can find Ancel’s post about the matter right here:
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WoW ! This little guy has many things to teach to Sam Fisher ! Today is very special for me. After more than 30 years, I’ve decided to stop working on video games and fully focus on my second passion : Wild Life ! My new project takes place in the real world and consists in a wild life open sanctuary dedicated to education , nature lovers and … wild animals. 🎮🎮🎮 video games part 🎮🎮🎮 Many of you might want to know what will happen to Wild and BGE2. No worries, since many months now the teams are autonomous and the projects are going super well. Beautiful things to be seen soon. May the fox be with you 🦊
While the announcement is somewhat of a shock, the biggest lingering question for many in the wake of this revelation likely involves the status of Ancel’s current project, Beyond Good and Evil 2. Even without Ancel around to help guide the project, BG&E2 will continue its development at Ubisoft. Ancel noted that the development team on the project has been autonomous for awhile now and that the game is “going super well.”
Perhaps more interesting though, Ancel also confirmed that work on WiLD, the long-dormant open-world title that was revealed nearly a decade ago, is still alive, too. Much like Beyond Good and Evil 2, Ancel stated that the team working on WiLD has been indepedent from him for a bit at this point and that work on the project is looking good. Ubisoft hasn’t publicly talked about WiLD in five or more years, so the fact that the game is still alive is actually pretty shocking. Perhaps we’ll hear more about it soon enough
Our best goes out to Ancel in his future pursuits.