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Michel Ancel

aka: M. Ancel
Moby ID: 30395

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Michel Ancel is a French video game director and creative manager of the development studio of Ubisoft in Montpellier. He is known for creating the Rayman and Beyond Good & Evil franchises.

Ancel's first title, Mechanic Warriors, was developed for software house Lankhor. Ancel then joined Ubisoft as a graphic artist at the age of 17, where he worked on the graphics of games such as The Intruder and The Teller. In 1992, he began to work on Rayman, his directorial debut.

In March 2006, he, along with Shigeru Miyamoto and Frédérick Raynal, was knighted by the French Minister of Culture and Communication, Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres, a knight of arts and literature. In 2014 Ancel founded his own studio, Wild Sheep and said he would also continue to work on various projects for Ubisoft.

In September 2020 Ancel said that he was leaving the games industry through an announcement on Instagram. He said this was to pursue his second passion, wildlife, as he would be working on a wildlife sanctuary. He said that the projects he had been working on, Beyond Good and Evil 2 and Wild, were in good hands.

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Psychonauts 2 (2021, Windows) Special Thanks
Immortals: Fenyx Rising (2020, PlayStation 5) Special Thanks
Rayman Mini (2019, iPhone) Based on the Rayman Universe, A Universe Created By
Rayman Adventures (2015, Android) A Game Created by
Valiant Hearts: The Great War (2014, Windows) Very Special Thanks to
Rayman Fiesta Run (2013, Android) Creative Director
Rayman Legends (2013, Windows) A Game Created by
Rayman Legends: Beatbox (2013, Android) Creative Director
Rayman Jungle Run (2012, Android) Creative Director
Rayman Origins (2012, Windows) Created and Directed by
The Adventures of Tintin: The Game (2011, PlayStation 3) Tintin First Project Team
Red Steel 2 (2010, Wii) Special Thanks to
Rayman: Raving Rabbids TV Party (2008, Wii) Rayman is based on an original concept by
Rayman: Raving Rabbids 2 (2007, Wii) Character Design
Rayman: Raving Rabbids (2007, Nintendo DS) Special Thanks
Rayman: Raving Rabbids (2006, Game Boy Advance) Rayman Creator
Rayman: Raving Rabbids (2006, Wii) Based on an original world by
Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie (2005, Windows) Creative Director
Rayman: 10th Anniversary (2005, Game Boy Advance) Based on an original idea by
Rayman: Hoodlum's Revenge (2005, Game Boy Advance) Original Concept by

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