In the latest twist in the ongoing Beyond Good & Evil 2 development debacle, managing director and studio head Guillaume Carmona has reportedly left Ubisoft Montpellier, and the studio itself is being investigated by French government labour authorities.
As reported by Kotaku, the staff at Ubisoft Montpellier were informed last week that Carmona was no longer at the company. This comes as the studio faces a local government investigation by the Inspection du Travail due to an abnormally high number of employees experiencing burnout and taking sick leave.
Beyond Good & Evil 2 has been in development, in some form or another, for longer than literally any other video game ever. Amidst staff shakeups and public sentiment being that this project is probably never happening, it's worth keeping in mind that BG&E2 is still not technically even in full production, which has to have an effect on employee morale.
A spokesperson for Ubisoft told Kotaku that "the health and wellness of our teams is an ongoing priority. Given the length of the development cycle with Beyond Good & Evil 2, the Montpellier development team is undergoing well-being assessments through a third party for preventative measures and to evaluate where additional support may be needed."
Carmona, who Ubisoft had employed for almost two decades, had reportedly been absent from the studio since the start of the year, and a reason for his departure was not given, with legal confidentiality cited.
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