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UPDATE: We received the following official comment from Ubisoft:
"David Sears is no longer on the Tom Clancy’s Rainbow 6 Patriots team and the new Creative Director is Jean-Sebastien Decant. The development team is still hard at work to deliver the next installment of the revered Tom Clancy series and more details on the game will be revealed at a later date."
ORIGINAL STORY: When Ubisoft first pitched Rainbow 6 Patriots as a potential cover story, we were immediately drawn in by its unique approach to storytelling. Embracing some of the narrative techniques of Heavy Rain and shifting the player perspective between Team Rainbow, the True Patriots, and the civilians caught in the crossfire convinced us that this was a project worth backing. Now it seems Ubisoft could be going in another direction.
According to our sources, Ubisoft Montreal has restructured the development team, removing creative director David Sears, narrative director Richard Rouse III, lead designer Philippe Therien, and animation director Brent George from the project, all of whom we interviewed for our Rainbow 6 Patriots cover story.
Rainbow 6 Patriots is tentatively scheduled to release in 2013 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. How this shakeup affects the rest of the development remains to be seen. We have reached out to Ubisoft for a comment.
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Well, that's unexpected. I got really excited about the game from the cover story. I'll be optimistic, but that's a hell of a change. Here's to hoping that Patriots is awesome!
Wasn't this the one with Terrorists attacking America? Wonder if the higher-ups at Ubi got nervous.
I get the feeling that Ubi was thinking this to be too controversial, so they are restructuring the story. While I hope that this is not the case, anyway you put it this is unfortunate.
Um ok? One of the games i was looking forward to the most, especially because of the direction they were going with multiplayer and the campaign... Most disappointing Ubisoft, I have lost faith in you.
I already have a deep hatred for Ubisoft for what they done with AC when they changed this very essential part of the "multicultural team of various religious faiths and beliefs". They once restarted a game from scratch after announcing it already with SC Conviction, and it seems to be the same thing with R6 now. I know the dev team of a franchise often changes for whatever reason, and I personally loved Conviction final version, but for me it didn't worked the same way with AC Revelations. I just don't trust them anymore.
Too bad. They were on to something really good. Too contraversial to toss a civilian off a bridge with a bomb strapped to him? American terrorists not acceptable yet? It was a great idea.
Wow...that is a bit disheartening. Your coverage of the work in development was awesome and really got me excited about the game. I am worried all that was great will be stripped from the game now because it was "too real" and a bit dark, especially with some of the decisions that you were going to have to face.
I hope your follow up sheds some light on the new direction they are taking. Could mean I pass on what I was originally so looking forward to. :(
Wow, absolute bullsh!t. Caving to outside pressure, no doubt.
INCOMING! Another generic "epic" shooter jumping on the hollywood style rails that many shooters creatively die in.. My gut feeling and educated (semi) guess says that this means the game was too touchy of a subject and money and blah and publishing and YOURE FIRED!
I just hope its as good as it looked in the videos. I was really looking forward to it. Why would they do that?
very reminescent of that, "Battle: Fallujah" game that was being made with the help of Marines that actually fought there. Non military cried about it so it was kanked.. SUPPORT OUR TROOPS?! YEAH RIGHT! We all WANTED to play that! Thanks a lot mothers of America and the other non military who think they know military..
People want something that is pushing the envelope. For 60 dollars, another generic Rambo esq won't cut it.
Wait, what the?!?! This could only end badly. That really sucks, and I have no idea why they would do that. I am excited for this Rainbow 6 game to be released, now I'm a little worried what's going to happen and where the game may end up going.
I was excited for this. But they may have just cut their own throats..
My guess to why they did that is because their shifting their priorities (Ubisoft) to AC3, and their trying to make this less of a gamble.
Jeez, that's really disappointing to hear, especially considering how excited people were at the prospect of such morally sensitive material being featured in a video game. I love Ubisoft's work, but they better have a damn good excuse for something like this.
ha that sucks. Cause the game is gonna suck now.They considered it to risky and controversial ( oh the story will change ) and not a money maker so they cut the head off to make it a carbon copy of the last ones probably with only minor improvements that are already in the game. Will probably suck ( development rarely makes a game better ). Such a shame i was gonna buy it to encourage this type of new storytelling.
Ubisoft are becoming the next EA, they only see gamers as dollar signs, and have no real artistic integrity, they pretend to care, and yes I have bought Shadow of Damned and ME3 and a few other really awesome titles published be EA, and I am Alive by Ubisoft are amazing conceptual titles, but how they treat the developers is horrible, they pull this Hollywood crap and control every little creative detail causing the game to lack and be utter crap.
I hat large Publishers. other than a few big names, Indie games are becoming the new norm, since the artistic dreams aren't crushed from smaller developers and producers, boycott Ubisoft....
Oh boy, hope this decision is for the products best interest, would hate to see a quality title such as this suffer because of back room politics.