Today is a dark day for Ubisoft with the passing of a prominent member who worked on the long-awaited game Beyond Good and Evil 2. Here’s what we know.
It’s always very complicated news to manage but Ubisoft has just lost Emile Morel who worked as creative director on the game. Beyond Good and Evil 2 players are eagerly awaiting. A blow for the French-speaking publisher, some of whose members reacted on Linkedin. The man was only 40 years old, which adds amazement to the drama.
A tragic death
In fact it is precisely on the Linkedin site that we were able to learn the information since certain colleagues of Emile Morel expressed their condolences and their sadness. This is particularly the case of Greg Hermittant who officiates as a producer at Ubisoft and who works in particular on Valiant Hearts Coming Home.
You have been such a great and kind partner for all these years at Ubisoft.
I am grateful to have worked with you on so many projects.
I will miss our jokes and impersonations in private.
Rest in peace.
Developer Gabrielle Shrager also expressed her sadness and pain. It explains in particular all the developer’s love for Beyond Good and Evil 2 and all the good times they were able to spend together at Ubisoft Montpellier.
Emile was very proud of Beyond Good and Evil 2, the Space Monkeys and his teammates. He will be greatly missed.
According to Morel’s LinkedIn page, he started working at Ubisoft in June 2009. Other projects the man was involved in while employed at Ubisoft include the excellent Rayman Legends, where he served as the game’s lead designer. Morel was then involved in Beyond Good and Evil 2, originally as associate creative director, before taking over creative direction following the departure of Jean-Marc Geffroy.
Beyond Good and Evil 2, another blow for the project
While the game Beyond Good and Evil 2 seems to skate seriously with a very noticeable absence during the Summer Game Fest, this tragic disappearance is not likely to improve things. We obviously hope that the project will materialize if only to respect the memory of Emile Morel. We also obviously think a lot about his family. We suspect that internally this kind of drama must also be very difficult to manage for all the colleges of Morel.