Rayman Creator Michel Ancel Retires, But Beyond Good & Evil 2 Will Go On
The influential Ubisoft developer is retiring, but he says projects like Beyond Good & Evil 2 and Wild are continuing without him.
The video was Ancel's way of saying that he's going to be focusing on a different passion: wildlife. He says his new work will take place in an open wildlife sanctuary and will focus on educating nature-lovers.
His departure doesn't spell doom for his current video game projects, though. He says that the development of both Wild and Beyond Good & Evil 2 have transitioned to moving on autonomously without him and the projects are going well. "Beautiful things to be seen soon," he said.
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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 🦊
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Ubisoft put out an official statement shortly after Ancel's announcement. It doesn't appear it caught the company off-guard.
"The teams at Ubisoft Montpellier are currently focusing on the main stages of production, aligned with the vision set out by Michel. They will have more to share with their community of fans in the months to come," Ubisoft said. "We would like to thank Michel for the incredible creative vision he has brought to Ubisoft over the course of his career, and wish him all the best for this new venture."
What was set to be his next project, Wild, appears closely tied with his interest in nature. The adventure game has you surviving in a harsh environment with the help of creatures like bears and eagles. It has been in development for quite some time, though, having first debuted in 2014. Meanwhile, Beyond Good & Evil 2 has been receiving semi-regular development updates, but no release target has been set.