The lights are on
When Game Informer reported the leadership change at the upper echelons of the Rainbow 6 Patriots development team, many commentators wondered why Ubisoft would move so aggressively away from such a promising concept for a first-person shooter. Ubisoft Montreal CEO Yannis Mallat says that in spite of the restructuring, the vision that creative director David Sears shared with us on our cover story visit is still largely intact.
We spoke with Mallat, who said Sears' departure from the project was a mutual decision between himself and Ubisoft Montreal, and that it isn't affecting the company's commitment to the game.
"We're definitely going on with Rainbow, too, evolving the vision that came from David's initial input," he told us in an interview today.
Though Sears and the other staffers mentioned in the original report are no longer on Team Rainbow, both Mallat and Sears confirmed that he is still employed by Ubisoft Montreal.
"To paraphrase Mark Twain, I'm not dead, and Rainbow is still very much alive," Sears said. "I've watched the forum comments, and one of the things that's really important for everyone to understand is senior management and the editorial group challenged me to create something plausible, relevant, and that touches on the current fears of the U.S. citizens to the point that I was almost surprised myself we were taking these creative risks. They are still behind it. I spent time working on it because I love it, but there comes a point where you give the vision to everybody and they embrace it and start telling me what the vision is now."
As for Sears' new role, Mallat says Ubisoft Montreal has moved him onto "a major project for a major brand."
"Another opportunity arose that was a really good fit, and I am more than delighted to contribute to that," Sears said.
Mallat also confirmed that Rainbow 6 Patriots is still slated for a 2013 return.
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Glad to hear he still has a job
This is good news. I don't think I could take another delayed Tom Clancy's game.
Glad to hear they're still angling for controversial action rather than just 'action.' Hope this doesn't get everyone so tied up that Ubi decides the profit isn't worth the risk.
Good, very good.
Great news, i was worried that this title was going to suffer. Glad to see my worries have been squashed.
It sounds like he was a little too ambitious, and Ubisoft couldn't extend the budget or wasn't able to delay the game. I'm approaching this one with cautious optimism.
I'm just happy to hear the game isn't making a drastic change.
Good to hear. Cant wait to see more.
It's good to hear that is still coming out.
Im glad I guess time will tell.
I still have a feeling that it still won't be the same, but we'll have to wait and see.
ok, still sounds kinda fishy.
Good to hear.Be looking out for this one next year and the new counter strike in the summer.