Michel Ancel

Michel Ancel ( born March 29, 1972 in Monaco ) is a French designer of computer games. He became famous for Rayman and Beyond Good & Evil. Michel Ancel was appointed on 13 March 2006 in France for his life's work in the video game industry as Knight of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.


Michel Ancel began at the age of 17 years as a graphic designer at the French publisher and developer Ubisoft. In 1995 he published his most greatest success after three years of development: the first part of the Jump ' n' Run game series Rayman.

In developing the sequels Rayman 2: The Great Escape Ancel was also involved. In Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc but he was not involved.

In 2003, Beyond Good & Evil, an action adventure, which was indeed praised by critics, but which was not a financial success indulgence. Because of difficulties with publisher Electronic Arts handed director Peter Jackson to create a game for his film King Kong at Ubisoft. Michel Ancel and his team in Montpellier finally realized the project.

With a trailer, which was shown at the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2006, Ancel announced the game Rayman: Raving Rabbids to, a collection of mini-games, which is specially designed for Nintendo Wii. The game has already been released and the second part there since the year 2007.