It’s been an interesting 24 hours for Rayman and Beyond Good & Evil creator Michel Ancel, who was revealed yesterday to be forming a new indie studio called Wild Sheep Studio, which would be based in Montpellier, include 13 staff members, and is working on an original game to be announced soon.
While Ancel will be working at Wild Sheep Studio, Managing Director of Ubisoft Annecy, Paris, and Montpellier Xavier Poix confirmed in a statement to Eurogamer that he’ll stay with them as well:
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.
Asked whether that ambitious new title was Beyond Good & Evil 2, Ubisoft confirms that it’s happening, but it’s too early to give any details:
In many ways, BG&E is an inimitable game – 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. The entire team is excited about the direction this extremely ambitious project is taking, and we’ll have more to share later, as it progresses.
When we receive more details about Ancel’s projects, we’ll let you know.