Emile Morel, a Ubisoft game designer and creative director for Beyond Good and Evil 2, has passed away at age 40.
“A cherished colleague for over a decade at Ubisoft Montpellier, we laughed and wept through good times and bad, and shipped a lot great games together,” Morel’s former colleague M. Gabrielle Shrager wrote on LinkedIn. “Emile was so very proud of Beyond Good and Evil 2, the Space Monkeys and his teammates. He will be sorely missed.”
According to Morel’s LinkedIn page, he began working at Ubisoft in June 2009. Other projects Morel was involved in while employed at Ubisoft include Rayman Legends, where he served as the game’s senior game designer. Morel was already involved in Beyond Good and Evil 2, originally serving as the Associate Creative Director, before taking over as creative director for Beyond Good & Evil 2, following the departure of Jean-Marc Geffroy.
Ubisoft did not immediately respond to IGN’s request for comment.
Beyond Good and Evil 2 was initially revealed in 2017 at E3, but Ubisoft has been silent on the game’s development since. In February 2022, we learned that the game was still in pre-production. while in August of that same year, we learned that Ubisoft hired Sarah Arellano to serve as the game’s lead writer.
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