As a fan of the early Socom games that David Sears had a big part in I was very much looking forward to see what he could do for the R6 series and for the first time I was interested in this franchise and eagerly anticipating developments. David Sears was very meticulous in bringing authenticity to the environments in the classic Socom games by putting in extensive research into areas of operations used in the game. Every environment and ethnic group used in the game felt real and believable. Since his departure from Zipper Socom has never been the same and the environments feel bland and generic. The Socom games have also become progressively less tactical and offer a bland "going through the motions" run of the mill style of play since he left.
I feel like David could have really contributed to making R6 a more tactical style of game and helped to create some of the best environments both on and offline that felt authentic. From what I have heard from some R6 fans this franchise has also been casualized a lot along the way and could have benefited from the knowledge and experience of Sears. Now I fear R6 Patriots is just going to play follow the leader with the industry and create just the latest COD knock off. I hope you guys are paying attention to the sales of the games trying to be like COD cause the franchises doing that saw some of their worst sales ever in the latest wave of shooters. (Socom 4, KZ 3. RFOM 3 just to name a few).
Developers always say these days they need to make games more accessible for a broader audience but the problem is the market is severely over-saturated with that kind of game. Casual, accessible games on consoles don't have as much draw because casual app games can be bought much cheaper on mobile devices. There is a market of more traditional "hardcore" or "tactical" shooter fans who have been waiting a very long time for a shooter game of substance that has yet to be tapped as all the shooter devs chase the COD audience that is never coming. It would be nice to see one developer/publisher pick up on that and go for that market of tactical fans where there is literally no competition this generation of consoles instead of just giving us another run of the mill shooter that gets lost in the sea of all the other ones just like it. The departure of Sears from the project doesn't instill any confidence in me that you will be going the unique route and will just put up another COD clone. I knew of a lot of other classic Socom fans who have been starving for a real shooter for many years now that were interested with this project and that interest is all but dead after your recent announcement.
Fans of games like Counterstrike and the classic iterations of Socom and R6 are looking for a shooter of substance. When will one dev step up and capitalize on that instead of following the same redundant failed strategy of copying what COD is doing. Copying COD is just making fans leave their once loved franchises and pushing them to go join the COD fanbase. It's become an "if you can't beat 'em join 'em" attitude from the fans who have watched their favorite franchises try to become COD instead of staying true to themselves.