The longtime Ubisoft developer has passed away
Emile Morel, a developer with a long legacy including many years at Ubisoft, has died at age 40.
News first began to spread around on LinkedIn, with colleagues posting tributes to Morel on the site (via IGN). Ubisoft Montpelier, his studio, has posted an official confirmation and statement:
It is with a heavy heart that we share the sudden passing of our friend and colleague Emile Morel. We send our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and teammates all over the world.
We would like to take a moment to acknowledge the significant impact he made over the years on different games that make up the rich history of our studio.
For us, Emile was a close friend and a boundless source of positive energy. We all valued his passion and the way he told stories.
We will never forget Emile and his immense contribution to the BGE2 universe will forever endure.
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Morel had worked at Ubisoft for some time, with 14 years of experience at the company working on several notable titles. Morel served as a senior designer on Rayman Legends, as well as working on Test Drive Unlimited 2, 2008’s Alone in the Dark, and Rayman Fiesta Run.
After the departure of several leads from Beyond Good & Evil 2, Morel took over as creative director on the project. The sequel was revealed at E3 2017 and has been in development for some time since.
We extend our thoughts and condolences to Morel’s loved ones and colleagues.