Michel Ancel leaving Ubisoft?

[UPDATE] Sources say Rayman creator thinking about leaving publisher with a small team when Legends is finished; Ubisoft responds.

[UPDATE] Following the publication of this story, a Ubisoft representative issued a statement on Ancel's rumored departure.

"Michel is currently hard at work with the rest of the Rayman Legends team and is committed to delivering an amazing and unique game for the Wii U, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 in early September," the statement reads.

The original story follows below

Rayman and Beyond Good & Evil designer Michel Ancel may be on the way out at Ubisoft. GameSpot sister site Gamekult has heard from sources close to the company that the longtime developer is thinking about leaving Ubisoft with a small team of developers.

According to one source, Ubisoft management is aware of Ancel's intentions and may even elect to be involved with the developer's next project. A second source claims Ancel has already give notice that he is leaving and five or six developers from Ubisoft Montpellier are prepared to leave with him.

If Ancel does leave, he will remain "tied to Rayman" in some fashion, this source said. A Ubisoft representative was not immediately available to comment.

Earlier this month, Ancel and other developers were photographed publicly protesting the Rayman Legends delay and loss of Wii U exclusivity. Development on Rayman Legends for the Wii U was reportedly finished, but the game was pushed to September so it could ship simultaneously for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii U.

Ancel is also working on Beyond Good & Evil 2, though Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said last year that this game is making "slow progress."

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66 comments
Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

Ancel looks a bit like an alcoholic.

Lhomity
Lhomity

Ancel is not allowed to leave Ubisoft without Beyond Good & Evil 2. ;__;

jark888
jark888

There shouldn't be any exclusivity to begin with.

loopy_101
loopy_101

He's too good for Ubisoft. I'm amazed Michel Ancel stayed there as long as he has.

Ronaldo27
Ronaldo27

I hope he will leave in no time. As soon as he opens his new studio, he can start working in the spiritual successor to Beyond Good & Evil.

TheCyborgNinja
TheCyborgNinja

I'd leave too, if they delayed something I did and left it for dead as a result.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Since Beyond Good & Evil, dude honestly hasn't done anything I care about. I'm not really a Rayman fan, but that is all he does these days. Plus, it seems that he will never release BG&E2 despite the teases and fans clamoring for it. So him leaving isn't going to hurt Ubi.

KBFloYd
KBFloYd

ubisoft shouldnt of delayed the game....pissed a lot of people off...even their own people.

but they are bringing watchdogs to wiiU.... so i forgive them... plus they made zombiU for us.

richten71
richten71

I like how Ubisoft states that they may work on a future project with  Ancel if he so chooses to. He's leaving you for a reason, he doesn't want to work with you anymore. Ancel is going to finish working on Rayman Legends because he feels that he owes the public that and then he is gone.

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

Ubisoft's statement didn't really clarify anything.  If he still plans to leave once Legends is finished then if he hasn't left yet it's a no-brainer that he's still working on it.

brainiac1988
brainiac1988

meh...  never cared about rayman anyway

herminio360
herminio360

IDEA, scrapp all rayman legends and make it a final game, put every single villiain on the game, make a legion of villians, at the end of game, make a very hard battle and make rayman die to kill all vilians 

DragonbornBoy86
DragonbornBoy86

Ubisoft is becoming evil, they screw us over with Tyranny of King Washington and now Rayman, I've never played Rayman but how they fucked over the Wii U fans is not right since they are "trying to improve relations" Here's an idea, Ubisoft, try taking a page out of Rocksteady's book and start making actual decent games. Don't follow the leader with EA/Activision and release yearly CoD games that don't differ much each year. Assassin's Creed 4: Death of a Franchise starring Gary Busey as a piece of poop Assassin in Brazil. No thank you, Ubisoft. After Tyranny of King Washington, it's clear, here's 25 cents go and buy yourself some originality!


mav_destroyer
mav_destroyer

Best of luck to him. Better go work elsewhere than be constantly restricted and pulled back by a company that doesn't appreciate him.

Mr_BillGates
Mr_BillGates

Why even bother releasing for Wii U. That platform is a ghost town.

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

BG&E2 will never realize. Now it's official.

ewjiml
ewjiml

Why did I buy a Wii U when I have an Xbox / Playstation 3 / Gaming PC?  Simply for Rayman Legends, one of my all time favorite series.  I patiently waited for Rayman to get released tomorrow but instead just found out that it was postponed.  Well Ubisoft, you can go find other suckers to buy your games because I won't be one of them.  If only Ubisoft realized how many people would have bought the game this month....Instead it is released in the fall when a bunch of AAA games come out.   Smart move....

enrique_marrodz
enrique_marrodz

So happy to see him trying for new grounds. He's a great asset for the gaming industry and, surely, will find his proper space soon enough. I also hope Ubi realizes how wrong was their decision to postpone Rayman launch for the Wii U.

never-named
never-named

We're never getting Beyond 'Good & Evil 2', are we? ='[

KFHEWUI
KFHEWUI

If this does happen, I guess that will be the final nail in the coffin for Beyond Good & Evil 2. What a shame!

Dreizel
Dreizel

I bet he won't leave by his own will. I'll believe it when i see it. Spineless threats don't mean much. 

Aelina
Aelina

I wonder if this is good or bad news for Beyond Good & Evil 2. If this is true, and if that game stays at Ubisoft it is all but doomed, as I believe Ancel was the driving force behind it. If however he leaves and gets to take the IP with him... could be the start of something wonderful.

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

Well looks like the final straw did fall. I know I have read alot of developers have gotten pretty sick of Ubisoft's publishers tactics which have closely followed that of EA. I for one would enjoy seeing them break-a-way from Ubisoft but would be afraid they would go into making small tablet mobile games instead of large triple A productions that Ancel and his team are known for. A beyond good and evil sequel could only be done by him. Once a legendary team of developers like him go small independent they usually never go back to big games anymore and either retire or pump out small games from then on. 

Which ever path Ancel takes, I'll be the first in line to buy or take a look at such a fine team of developers next creation. 

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

Doesn't seem surprising but I doubt it's because of Rayman alone, it's probably a lot of little things Ubisoft has done that over time adds up, he's probably like that's it, Imma burn the building down like Milton in Office Space lol


2bitSmOkEy
2bitSmOkEy

Please finish Beyond Good & Evil 2

The_Godfather_
The_Godfather_

no! this cannot happen! at least not before finishing Beyond Good&Evil 2!!!

ClaudiusCaesar
ClaudiusCaesar

What's the surprise here. Here's posing with a poster saying "I didn't like that. I quit." ;-)

deon99
deon99

seen this coming when i saw how the development team took the news that they were going to have to port there game over to the Hd consoles.so him leaving wasn't a big surprise to anyone.


ArataWata
ArataWata

Can't really blame him since Ubisoft fucked the entire development team over by making them stay around for longer.

therealsig
therealsig

@psuedospike I just watched halfway into this and I have no idea why you posted this here. But thanks for sharing I guess.

96augment
96augment

@DragonbornBoy86 They made at least one decent game: Far Cry 3. Rainbow 6: Patriots and Watchdogs look really good as well.

Sorciere_basic
Sorciere_basic

@DragonbornBoy86 

News for you bro. Ubi has been evil for a long time now and they have burned almost every bridge in the gaming industry over the last 10 years or so to make a quick dollar.

Race
Race

@Ripper_TV It does seem like this would be the final death knell, damn it all.

dlCHIEF58
dlCHIEF58

@ClaudiusCaesar 

You obviously do not know any French as the sign they are holding does not say that anywhere. 

psuedospike
psuedospike

@therealsig Um, cause he left Ubisoft and took some devs with him.  Is it really that much of a stretch?

brainiac1988
brainiac1988

@Strider8009   I owned a NES, SNES, N64 and a Gamecube.  Enough said, no?

This gen I'll first buy a PS4, and later on if a new Zelda comes out, a Wii U, just for old times' sake.  

MS is the company I dont really care about anymore.

psuedospike
psuedospike

@therealsig Haha, no problem, happens to the best of us!  I was just sad I had to explain it cause that meant it wasn't funny.  Oh well, I thought it was funny.