Today Michel Ancel, the director of Beyond Good and Evil 2, announced on Instagram that he would be retiring from video game development. You can read the caption on his post below.

“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.

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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”

Outside of Beyond Good and Evil, Ancel is known for creating the legendary Rayman franchise. He has had an incredible 30 years in the video games industry, and we wish him the best in his future endeavors.

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What does this mean for Beyond Good and Evil 2, though? Ubisoft put out an update on its website, which dives into some more detail.

In the post, Ubisoft states it is aiming to show us more of the game next year. Internally things are on track, and the company is happy with the milestones the team is hitting.

“We recently passed an important internal milestone, delivering a build that proves our Space Pirate Fantasy and offers hours of gameplay and an incredible level of freedom in a seamless online sandbox, building upon the promise of our tech demos shown at E3. I’m incredibly proud of the team’s perseverance, dedication to each other, and ongoing commitment to developing an amazing game.”

It sounds like the game is progressing fine, and as with most good things, they take time. It’s been quite some time since we got a significant update on Beyond Good and Evil 2, but hopefully, next year, we will finally see what this game is shaping up to be.

Michel Ancel leaving the industry certainly is a bummer, but it sounds like Beyond Good and Evil 2 is doing just fine. 

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