Ubisoft denies Ancel departure rumours

Monday, 25th February 2013 13:07 GMT By Dave Cook

Rayman Legends has been postponed to accomodate a multi-platform release later this year, much to the dislike of series creator Michel Ancel and his team. A new rumour suggested Ancel and some select developers would be quitting Ubisoft once the game goes to market. Ubisoft has now debunked the rumour.


In a statement sent to Eurogamer, a Ubisoft France spokesperson said of the below, “Unfounded rumours! Michel is currently working on Rayman Legends, a unique game that will be released on Wii U, Xbox 360 and PS3. Michel Ancel and Ubisoft therefore categorically deny these rumours.”

However, this does not mean Ancel will stay at the studio once the game is complete, as per the original rumour. Decide for yourself below.

Original Story:

The rumour comes from French site GameKult, via sources close to the company.

Sources suggests that Ancel is entertaining the idea of taking some of his team and then leaving Ubisoft once the game launches, citing a desire for greater creative control over his work. Ubisoft has since denied the report’s contents to GameKult however.

It follows a protest from Ancel and his staff at Ubisoft Montpelier over the game’s delay.

Are the rumour and Ancel’s protest related? We’ll have more as it happens.

Thanks Nintendo Life.



  1. dstroy

    Damn, I actually don’t hope this rumour turns out to be true, since that could mean the death of a Beyond Good and Evil 2 game :(

    #1 2 years ago
  2. DrDamn

    Both Sony and MS should be trying to snap him and his team up if this is true. Along with EA and Activision. They would be a big lose for Ubisoft.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. DeVitowned

    Fuck yes, Ancel. I agree with, and support, his decision to leave Ubisoft (if true). Companies like Capcom, Square Enix and even Sony to a lesser extent have lost brilliant minds like Kamiya, Mikami, Ifune, Sakaguchi and Ueda for wanting to limit what the creator wants to do and just churn out the same formulaic bullshit year after year. I understand Big Business stays Big Business by making strict, planned decisions, but it was the blood, sweat and insomnia of the brilliant designers and programmers that made them the businesses they are today. It’s a tough climate out there, but where Mikami and Kamiya have proven, you can still make it.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. syabi

    I just want the Beyond Good and Evil 2 game.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. fengato

    Shame he can’t take the UbiArt framework with him. Love their 2D work.

    #5 2 years ago

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