Acclaimed game designed Michel Ancel has co-founded Wild Sheep Studio, a new independent development house in Montpellier, France with a 15 person team working on its first title, however the Rayman and Beyond Good & Evil creator has not severed his 25 year tenure with Ubisoft, reportedly retaining his role at Ubi Montpellier as a creative lead on "select projects".
When pressed on the matter by Eurogamer
, Ubisoft confirmed that the long awaited follow-up to the critically acclaimed 2003 adventure game Beyond Good & Evil was one such project, offering one of the few official mentions of a sequel since it was originally teased
back in May 2008.
"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."
No further details were offered on the debut title from Wild Sheep, other than that it would be an "original game".