Michel Ancel, the creator of popular series such as Rayman and Beyond Good and Evil, has announced he is leaving the video game industry to focus on a new career in wildlife.
An acclaimed director who brought us beloved games such as Rayman and Beyond Good and Evil, Michel Ancel has officially left the video game industry. Ancel announced his retirement in an Instagram post earlier today by saying he will now focus on his new career in the real world, which consists of a wildlife open sanctuary. Here's Ancel's statement in full:
"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," he wrote. "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."
As you can see, Ancel reassured fans that Beyond Good and Evil 2 and Wild are in good hands and are progressing well, despite long development. It also looks like these projects won't be affected by his retirement but we'll see if this really is the case once the games finally release.
The French designer has spent most of his career in Ubisoft, where he worked for over 20 years. In 2006, Ancel got knighted by the French Minister of Culture and Communication along with Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto.
Both Wild and Beyond Good and Evil 2 are still in development, without release dates.