Have you listened to the interview that Urgent Fury did with Sears just recently? He said that he left both the Patriots team and then the team of the other project he was on on no bad terms. He also mentioned that Ubi had been offering him positions well before he started there so they must've been a fan of his. Plus, when you look at the creative approaches ACIII and SCB are taking, it seems to fit well with the sort of creative design language that Ubisoft were pursuing with Patriots in that there was an emphasis on maturity, believability, authenticity and giving the player the freedom to play how he/she wants and thus creating a game that is accessible to hardcore and more casual Rainbow fans alike. That said, you could be right and I'm just being hopelessly optimistic about it.