Michel Ancel, creator of Raymand and Beyond Good and Evil, has announced that he is leaving the video game industry after 30 years to focus on the outdoors.
“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: Wildlife,” he wrote on Instagram.
“My new project takes place in the real world and consists in a wildlife open sanctuary dedicated to education, nature lovers and … wild animals.”
According to a statement from Ubisoft, the company thanked Michel and acknowledged his pivot,
“A nature-lover, Michel has been working on a personal project dedicated to the protection of wildlife for a long time. This project, a wildlife sanctuary in the region of Montpellier, France, is now growing in scope, and he wishes to put his full effort into this longstanding passion.”
The statement continued: “Michel is at the origin of some of Ubisoft and the video game industry’s most beloved franchises, including Rayman, the Raving Rabbids and Beyond Good and Evil, whose second opus, Beyond Good and Evil 2 is currently in development. We would like to thank Michel for the incredible creative vision he has brought to Ubisoft over the course of his career, and wish him all the best for this new venture.”