Rayman Creator Michel Ancel Retires From Games, Beyond Good & Evil 2 Continues

Rayman Creator Michel Ancel Retires From Games, Beyond Good & Evil 2 Continues

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Matt Lorrigan

Rayman creator and long-time video game developer Michel Ancel has announced that he is leaving the video game industry in order to open a wildlife sanctuary.

Making the announcement on his personal Instagram account, Ancel said "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."

Now this is lovely news for Ancel, who is chasing his dreams, but what of the two in-development games he was working on - Wild and Beyond Good & Evil 2? Ancel assured fans that both games are still in the works, and that the development teams have been "autonomous" for many months now and that the projects are going "super well".

Ubisoft also offered their own update on Beyond Good & Evil 2, confirming that Ancel hadn't been directly involved with the game "for some time now" and that the team were building upon the foundations he had laid. The game apparently recently passed an important internal milestone, with a build that "proves [the developer's] Space Pirate Fantasy and offers hours of gameplay and an incredible level of freedom in a seamless online sandbox." Ubisoft Paris was recently added as a partner studio to aid on development, and Ubisoft has said it plans to show more of the game next year.

Earlier this year, we wrote about how Beyond Good & Evil 2 was realising a vision of Ancel's from the early days of development on the original Beyond Good & Evil, so it's a shame he won't be there to see it through to the end, but we're excited to see more of the game in 2021.

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  • Those statements read like a soft way of saying he was removed from the projects due to inactivity so Ubisoft issued an ultimatum to either get back to work or clear his desk.
  • Heh, given Ubisoft's recent clear out of anyone that doesnt follow a certain way of life, Terminator's comment is easy to beleive.
  • Man i doubt this game will be any good anymore. It's pretty much Dead Island 2 all over again :/
  • Why now? Why not twenty years ago?
  • this game is vapor ware. it will never come out.
  • @5: Both games are vaporware at this point, because very little in-game footage has been seen from either of them lately so I fully expect them to be either delayed again or quietly cancelled.
  • Uuuggghhhhh. I've been looking forward to WiLD ever since it was first shown off 85 years ago. Maybe it wasn't that long, but that's how long it feels like it's been. I've assumed so many times over the years that it was just silently canceled, only for this troll (Ancel) to say every few years "Oh, no it's still in development." with never any further details lol. The wait continues.
  • Does anyone even want that game to come out? It's not like it's a Beyond Good & Evil 2 ...
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