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Ubisoft calls Ancel departure reports 'unfounded rumours'

Rayman creator is still at the studio, company insists

Ubisoft France has categorically denied reports that Michel Ancel is leaving the company.

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Ubisoft France spokesperson Pascal Lecointe told Eurogamer France the reports of his departure are "unfounded rumours".

"Michel is currently working on Rayman Legends, a unique game that will be released on Wii U, Xbox 360 and PS3. Michel Ancel and Ubisoft therefore categorically deny these rumours."

Suggestions the Rayman and Beyond Good and Evil creator is breaking ties with Ubisoft stem from statements published by GameKult. According to the site's sources Ancel wanted "to calmly detach himself from Ubisoft, taking with him a few others,"

Another source told the site Ancel had handed in his notice and would leave the company following the completion of Rayman Legends on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Ubisoft has declined to comment on this matter specifically.

Rayman Legends was recently delayed so that the formerly Wii U exclusive title could launch alongside the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions.

Following the delay, a forum poster claiming to be a Rayman Legends developer criticised Ubisoft's decision to delay the platformer.

Images of Ancel and the Rayman Legends development team protesting the delay later appeared. They were seen holding a banner which reads, "release Rayman. Support Ubi Montpellier."

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