This is a surprising departure, but at least it’s happening for the right reasons: Michel Ancel, the creator of Ubisoft’s Rayman and Beyond Good & Evil franchises among other things, has announced his exit from the video game industry after more than 30 years in it. He’s opted to start following his other passion in life instead, which, it turns out, is animals.
“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,” Ancel wrote in an Instagram post, accompanied by a video of a cute critter snatching some food. He additionally stated that his two in-development game projects, Beyond Good & Evil 2 at Ubisoft and Wild at Wild Sheep Studio, are “going super well” because the development teams have been operating autonomously for “many months now.”
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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 ?
In a website update, Ubisoft further emphasized that Beyond Good & Evil 2 is proceeding smoothly: “We recently passed an important internal milestone, delivering a build that proves our Space Pirate Fantasy and offers hours of gameplay and an incredible level of freedom in a seamless online sandbox, building upon the promise of our tech demos shown at E3.”
The company additionally paid Michel Ancel the most glowing praise: “His uncompromising passion pushed us to redefine what was possible in crafting an expansive, multicultural, and futuristic science-fiction world.” It seems like an amicable split for everyone involved.
Beyond Good & Evil 2 has no formally announced platforms yet, and Wild is coming to PlayStation 4. As for Ancel, you can just keep an eye out for him next time you’re at a wildlife sanctuary.