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Earlier this week, a reported revealed that several members of the Rainbow 6 Patriots development team had been removed from the project. Today Ubisoft reassured gamers that in spite of these changes, they're not sending the game back to the drawing board or shelving it outright.
"To paraphrase Mark Twain, I'm not dead, and Rainbow is still very much alive," former Patriots creative director David Sears told GI. "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."
Sears is still with Ubisoft. He's been reassigned to a different project within the company. The move was characterized by Ubisoft Montreal CEO Yannis Mallat as a "mutual decision" between Sears and the studio.
In Patriots, an American militia group decides to "take the country back" from politicians and corporations. They launch a series of attacks throughout the country. Players lead an elite special forces team sent to stop these terrorists.
The shake-up in Patriots' development team hasn't affected the release window. Ubisoft still expects to release it in 2013.