Ubisoft’s recent creative lead shuffle on Rainbow 6: Patriots will have little effect on the game’s development, the company has said. Chatting with GI, Ubisoft Montreal CEO Yannis Mallat said that the project is progressing with few changes.
“We’re definitely going on with Rainbow, too, evolving the vision that came from David‘s initial input,” he said, referring to creative director David Sears.
Sears is still at the Montreal studio, it’s also confirmed. He’s working on “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,” he said.
“To paraphrase Mark Twain, I’m not dead, and Rainbow is still very much alive. 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.”
The previously unconfirmed departures of narrative director Richard Rouse III, lead designer Philippe Therien and animation director Brent George were also said to have happened, though their fates were not discussed.
Patriots will launch on all PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 sometime next year.