Rayman Creator Michel Ancel Says He’s Quit Video Games to Open a Wildlife Sanctuary

Michael Ancel, creator of Rayman and Beyond Good & Evil, has said he’s leaving the world of video games to open a wildlife sanctuary – but assured fans that work on Wild and Beyond Good & Evil 2 will continue without him.Posting on Instagram, the director wrote: “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.”

Addressing his currently ongoing projects, Ancel reassured fans: “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.”
Wild was first announced in 2014, with Ancel setting up a brand new studio to create the open-world PlayStation game. It’s been very quiet for a long time, but we saw the game get an unexpected art update earlier this year as the developer continues to hire for the project.

Beyond Good & Evil 2 was also first announced in 2014, but wasn’t officially revealed until E3 2017. The incredibly ambitious RPG sequel to the cult classic original aims to offer “a seamless multi-planet world populated by dynamically-generated characters, with unique stories being told and optional social interaction throughout.”

Ancel rose to fame as the creator of Rayman, going on to helm Beyond Good & Evil and the video game adaptation of Peter Jackson’s King Kong.

We’ve contacted Ubisoft and Wild Sheep Studio for comment.

Joe Skrebels is IGN’s Executive Editor of News. Follow him on Twitter. Have a tip for us? Want to discuss a possible story? Please send an email to newstips@ign.com.

Source link

You May Also Like