Michel Ancel (creator of the Rayman series) announces his retirement from the gaming industry

Thank you for everything, Mr. Ancel

After 30+ years of service, video game designer Michel Ancel has announced his retirement from Ubisoft and the gaming industry as a whole. Moving on to instead focus on his second passion, Ancel will be spending much of his time on a new project in a wild life sanctuary that's "dedicated to education, nature lovers, and wild animals".

Previously overseeing development for WiLD and Beyond Good & Evil 2, he gives us his reassurance that both projects are "going super well" and that there are "beautiful things to be seen soon."

Michel Ancel was most well known for being the creator of Rayman and Beyond Good & Evil, and as a personal long-time fan of the series, it's bitter-sweet to see him move away from game development. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors with wild life, and are thankful for everything that he's done for the industry.

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 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 🦊

Categories: Top Stories
Tags: rayman, ubisoft


I wish him well in his retirement. There's been a lot of very bad stories about Ubisoft, I'm sure people can look them up. I like watching Jim Sterling videos, but he's like a dog with a bone going on about them. I don’t think Michel Ancel has ever been mired in any of the controversy. I think Rayman should be in Smash Bros, he's definitely more deserving than some of the other 3rd party characters already in the game. It would be nice if Ancel got the ball rolling on a new Rayman game before he left.

Fri Sep 18 20 11:22am
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It would be nice if Ancel got the ball rolling on a new Rayman game before he left.

Yeah I don't see that ending well. Ubisoft will just sabotage that one and make the game fight Grand Theft Auto VI and other AAA hitters. Rayman is not a AAA franchise anymore. I'd rather see the franchise dead than butchered by Ubisoft execs every time.

Wish Nintendo could rescue the franchise by buying the Rayman IP (Ubi can keep the Rabbids though), but that's doubtful.

He couldn't have waited until BG&E2 was finished? The fact that he was willing to just ditch a project he was extremely passionate about is extremely worrying for the final product.

Yeah, this makes me think those two projects were turning out pretty badly and they couldn't inspire him to at least stay until they were finished. Anyway, he'll be remembered as one of the all time greats.

Fri Sep 18 20 01:14pm
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Same thing happened with Keiji Inafune and Mega Man Legends 3, and...well, we all know what happened there.

Not saying he was part of this but he could also be leaving before the sexual misconduct allegations hit within Ubisoft HQ. John Lasseter left Pixar when shit started to hit the fan.

Or you know it was just bad timing and he has decided hes done making games. Though it is kinda weird to retire while working on 2 projects...

So no Rayman 4 and Beyond Good and Evil 2 then? Ok then.

I mean if he atleast kept his word on the projects, I'd respect his motives. But he hasn't.

Dang, sad news. He's made some of my favorite games ever especially BG&E and Rayman 2. Wish him the best tho!

I had no idea he was passionate about wildlife, that's so cool to know. Wish him the best.

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