Beyond Good And Evil’s Michel Ancel Responds To Accusations About His Departure From Ubisoft

2020 has been a tumultous yr for Ubisoft and its studio tradition. After quite a few reviews of poisonous habits, tales of abuse, and HR inconsistencies, the studio at giant opened a company-wide investigation into the reviews which have are available in and all new reviews that proceed to turn into recognized. This upheaval has additionally resulted in a number of higher stage fires of Ubisoft executives. 

Earlier this month, Michel Ancel introduced that he was leaving the studio to work at a wildlife sanctuary, however now a brand new report alleges that he left as a consequence of an ongoing investigation into his habits on the firm. Ancel has now responded to these reviews. 

The preliminary report started from a French publication referred to as Liberation, an article that cited Ancel’s alleged poisonous and abusive habits in the direction of his workforce as a purpose why an investigation was launched towards him. It was that investigation that the positioning states was the rationale why Ancel departed from the corporate. 

A translation, courtesy of Kotaku, shed additional gentle on the allegations, stating that Beyond Good and Evil 2 has been primarily in improvement hell, a state that was spurred on by Ancel’s reported management fashion. Ubisoft has since confirmed that the investigation into Ancel has been ongoing.

Depression, burnout, and exhaustion are all linked within the preliminary report, one thing that Ancel himself vehemently denied. In a prolonged assertion on his Instagram, the previous dev started with the “Fake News” mantra. 

“Take a few people with rage and jealousy and let them speak in the name of hundreds,” reads his Instagram submit. “Publish the news fast so that it combines with sexual harassment from other news at Ubisoft. Is this serious? Is this what you expect from a national newspaper. I will fight for the truth because such accusations are a shame. I worked hard on every of my projects and always had respect for the teams.”

He then numerically listed off the facets of the preliminary report that he will probably be persevering with to combat towards, saying that he has by no means promoted a unfavorable work setting, as an alternative he introduced “a vision.”

He then challenged journalists for why the opposite devs below his care weren’t additionally being referred to as out, together with managers and supervisors. He additionally refuted the allegation that he was usually fickle throughout his tasks, one thing that would negatively influence improvement. 

“I’ve spent years explaining why the city should not be re done from scratch. Hours explaining that characters were good enough and did not need to be redone. Same for planets and all. But sometimes some people in the team changed things despite my advices. Managers are here to solve this”.

He completed his assertion by saying, “The news from Libération contains fake informations revealed by a few people who wants to destroy me and the projects. This can’t be done without me fighting every single lines of that news. I’ve offered the journalist the opportunity to take enough time to look at all the mistakes. Let’s see what he will do.”

This story could be very a lot growing. Sources which have labored carefully with Ancel up to now have informed Game Informer that Ancel will possible not let this challenge relaxation.


[Source: Liberation, Kotaku, Instagram]

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