Ubisoft has axed leading members of the Montreal development team behind its upcoming Rainbow 6 Patriots game, it has been revealed.
As reported by Game Informer, the publisher has confirmed that creative director David Sears, narrative head Richard Rouse III, lead designer Philippe Therien and animation director Brent George have all been removed from the project.
The game, announced last year, was set to take a darker tone for the series by throwing a number of ethical considerations at the player.
Ubisoft however appears to have abandoned the game’s previous direction with the shakeup, although the game is still scheduled for a tentative 2013 release for Xbox 360, PS3 an d PC.
"David Sears is no longer on the Tom Clancy’s Rainbow 6 Patriots team and the new Creative Director is Jean-Sebastien Decant,” said a Ubisoft spokesperson.
“The development team is still hard at work to deliver the next instalment of the revered Tom Clancy series and more details on the game will be revealed at a later date."