Rayman designer Michel Ancel leaves games industry after 30 years

Michel Ancel, the Ubisoft game designer who played a major role in the Rayman and Beyond Good & Evil franchises, is retiring. For the past 30 years, he has been active in the games industry. The Frenchman is now working on a nature reserve

Ancel is the lead designer of the original Rayman, from 1995. From Beyond Good & Evil, from 2003, he was the director, designer and writer. Other games on his note include Peter Jackson’s King Kong, the Rabbids franchise and the upcoming WiLD. Ancel started in the games industry around the age of eighteen and is now 48,

Over WiLD and Beyond Good & Evil 2, Ancel wants to reassure his fans: in his he states that the teams “have been autonomous for many months” and that his departure makes no difference. Also Ubisoft states that Ancel ‘has not been directly involved with BG&E2 for some time’ and that ‘the development team is working on the creative foundation he has laid’. Furthermore, Ubi states that this year it does not show images of BG&E2, but is aiming for next year.