Rumor: Michel Ancel leaves Ubisoft Montpellier, Beyond Good & Evil 2′s future in doubt

Friday, 28th May 2010 02:57 GMT By Nathan Grayson


“Hello, sir. Yes, and if you’ll just sign right here…”

“Um, excuse me, but what are you delivering, exactly?”

“Why, it’s the rain you ordered, of course. For your parade.”

According to a source close to Ubisoft Montpellier that spoke with French site Woot Gaming (translation via NeoGAF) Beyond Good & Evil creator Michel Ancel has bid a not-so-fond farewell to Ubisoft Montpellier in order to form his own studio. Apparently, another well-known developer will be joining him.

The source cited issues with Beyond Good & Evil 2′s development as the reason behind Ancel’s departure. However, Ancel hasn’t flown the Ubisoft coop altogether, but instead wishes to pursue more “classical” 2D games under Ubisoft’s umbrella.

Although nothing’s been confirmed, this would seem to suggest that Beyond Good & Evil 2 – which Ancel was a driving force behind – is in trouble. Previously, the game was said to be “in production” after a long period of radio silence from Ubisoft.

We’ll get in touch with Ubisoft and see if we can wrangle an official statement.



  1. frostquake

    NOOOooooo I want my Beyond Good and Evil 2…I deliver Purple Nurples Where????

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Freek

    Ubisoft really doesn’t seem to know much about it’s franchises and what makes them good.
    Constant rebooting, hit and miss sequals, and ofcourse canceling the one thing people might actually want.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Hunam

    Come the fuck on :(

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Blerk

    Well… that’s the end of that, then. Sigh.

    They probably wanted to put a Clancy license on it or something.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Gekidami

    As you can see in the picture in the article just above this one, Pey’j had no trouble finding a new job.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. The Hindle


    #6 5 years ago
  7. The Hindle

    Well Ubisoft you can fuck off now, im never buying any of your games.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. killercow

    Guys it’s fake, other french websites called ubisoft and they said that bge 2 is well and devellopment and that michel ancel is NOT leaving the project nor ubisoft!

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Herlock

    And the other guys said on the forum its true, something going on in UBI and we know some stuff at E3.
    GB like talking about gossip…, they dont know shit!

    #9 5 years ago
  10. killercow

    Hum i’d give more credit to Gb than Wootgaming… Especially after all the weird stuff that happened on their websites and the way they write.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Tomchoucrew

    Ubisoft just told us “Rumors without comment. There is nothing new to say, everything continues normally ;-)” Note sure what it means…

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Tonka

    I thought this was cancelled already?
    And as for giving people what they want in #2

    BG&E 2 isn’t it. BG&E was a lauded fail. The sequel is hamsterfood.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Mourinho

    No BG&E2 and departure of Ancel from UBI = I won’t buy any games from them. I hate companies that destroy their best talents…

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Len

    I’m with you all, please don’t let it be true.

    Would dearly love this see the light of day…

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Blerk

    Of course, he also made Rayman. BG&E was sort of a fluke. :-D

    #15 5 years ago
  16. theevilaires

    I have to go back and finish part 1, but this sounds like bad news if true.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. AHA-Lambda

    any update on this? Ubi you are utter bastards if this is true >:(

    #17 5 years ago
  18. The Hindle

    VG 247 staff you recieved an update regarding this yet? I hope its not true :( they cant do it there would be an uproar.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. Herlock

    Its almost true, Ancel work on Rayman 4 and BG&E is stop (pause)!

    #19 5 years ago
  20. SplatteredHouse

    Thank Google translation for letting everyone else see the bickering and squabbling going on between your source and another french site, both claiming to have spoken to Ubisoft sources and each contesting the others version of events, and outcome/status of BG&E 2.
    and, E3 is only weeks away – coincidence: Never :p The season starts once again, prepare salt pinches and don’t believe all that’s about, lol! :)

    #20 5 years ago

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