UbiSoft has confirmed that at least one of the lead staff of the Rainbox Six: Patriots development team at UbiSoft Montreal has been axed.
The original unnamed source had revealed that creative director David Sears, narrative director Richard Rouse III, lead designer Philippe Therien, and animation director Brent George had been removed from the project. Ubisoft has confirmed that Sears is no longer with the team.
In a press release, UbiSoft formally announced, "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."
This would indicate that Rainbow Six: Patriots may be going in another direction. The game had originally incorporated a morality theme in which players had to make hard decisions, such as whether to save or sacrifice civilians in the pursuit of terrorists. This could signal that the game might become a more traditional Rainbow Six title.
Rainbow Six: Patriots is due for a 2013 release on PC and major consoles, but if the development team is being turned over, the game could possibly be delayed beyond 2013.