The Rayman franchise is slowing progress on a Beyond Good & Evil sequel, Ubisoft says.

In an interview with Polygon, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said that progress had been slow on the game as designer Michel Ancel was tied up with a number of other projects, including Rayman Legends.

"What's very important is that Michel Ancel is kind of doing too many things at the same time," he said.

"He was working on Rayman Origins last year, and he's working a lot on Rayman Legends this year. So, you know, when he does that, he kind of puts too much of his time on the other projects that he has.

"So the fact is that working on Legends is slowing the process on Beyond Good and Evil 2."

However, both the company and in particular developer Michel Ancel were still passionate about Beyond Good & Evil 2, he said.

"It's really a game that we have worked on, and is a game that we want to do," said Guillemot.

"But there are so many things that have to be done that, you know, this one is going to come in line at one point."

Word of a sequel to the critically acclaimed but commercially unsuccessful Beyond Good & Evil surfaced in 2008, but since then updates have been few and far between.

Last year, Ancel stated that it would be a next-gen title.