Game Informer is reporting that Ubisoft’s Michael Ancel, best known for the Rayman series of games and Beyond Good & Evil, is forming his own independent studio called Wild Sheep to work on his own projects.
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Ubisoft has said that Ancel is still remaining with the company and has a number of projects he is working on. Ubisoft Annecy, Paris, and Montpellier managing director Xavier Poix said in an emailed statement:
"“Ubisoft Montpellier is a hotbed for artistic game development, including great games like Rayman, Beyond Good and Evil, and Valiant Hearts. We are fortunate to have some of the industry’s finest talents, including Michel Ancel, working with us at our studio. In addition to spending some of his time on this new venture, Michel is leading the creative development of select projects at Ubisoft Montpellier, including an extremely ambitious new title that is very close to his and the team’s heart.”"
It seems like more and more key designers are founding their own studios so they can do things their own way. I do hope Ancel stays on with Ubisoft for awhile, as while Rayman may not be a huge blockbuster like Assassin’s Creed but it’s a shining example of their willingness to do smaller interesting projects.
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