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 🦊