- Michel Ancel has announced his retirement.
- Ubisoft's veteran has given us the Rayman and Beyond Good & Evil series across his over 30 years in the industry.
- Ancel's new focus will be running a wildlife sanctuary.
Michel Ancel announced his retirement. The 48-year-old veteran of the gaming industry has been associated with Ubisoft from the very beginning of his caree, which he joined at the age of 17. He was responsible for the creation of the Rayman series (Ancel directed Rayman and Rayman 2: The Great Escape, Rayman Origins, and Rayman Legends), and also has a involvement in Peter Jackson's King Kong.
This is what Michel Ancel had to say on his instagram profile:
"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.
Many of you might want to know what will happen to Wild and Beyond Good & Evil 2. No worries, since many months now the teams are autonomous and the projects are going super well. Beautiful things to be seen soon."
Recently he worked on two projects - Wildand Beyond Good & Evil 2. We don't know anything more about the first title, which is created in cooperation with Sony, than what was shown to us a few years ago. Beyond Good & Evil 2 is slightly more known. The project was entrusted to Guillaume Brunier, who revealed that the work on the game is proceeding smoothly. We will see the results next year.
- Ubisoft - official website