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Michel Ancel forms new indie studio but will continue working at Ubisoft Montpellier

Posted on August 1, 2014 AT 02:45pm

One of gaming’s most intriguing creative minds is joining the ranks of big names going indie—but unlike most of his industry compatriots who’ve made the jump to their own development houses, Rayman creator Michel Ancel will also continue working at Ubisoft Montpellier.

As one of the co-founders of Wild Sheep Studio, Ancel will lead “a team of experienced developers,” though any details on specific projects remain under wraps. Meanwhile, Ancel will continue to be involved in leading projects at Ubisoft Montpellier, and based on what an Ubisoft spokesperson told Polygon, it sounds like Ancel will certainly remain involved with the long-awaited follow-up to Beyond Good & Evil.

“In many ways, Beyond Good & Evil is an inimitable game,” the spokesperson told Polygon. “It appeals to all generations of gamers and is an inspiration behind many of Ubisoft Montpellier’s past and future games. It’s still far too early to give many details about this new title, but what we can say is that while Michel and the team at Ubisoft Montpellier are working with the core tenets of BG&E, they’re developing something that aspires to push past the boundaries of a proverbial sequel and leverages next-gen technologies to deliver a truly surprising, innovative, and exceptional game.”

Both Wild Sheep and Ubisoft Montpellier are based in Montpellier, France, which should help Ancel juggle his new responsibilities between the two studios.

Source: Polygon

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