Rainbow Six: Siege has a new creative director for the third time in six years. Leroy Athanassoff, who took the creative director title after Xavier Marquis left the game in 2020, will move on two years later. In its place is Art Director Alex Karpazis, who joined the Siege team in 2017.
in a statement Posting on Ubi’s blog today, Athanassoff said he was leaving the Siege team to “seek other opportunities” within Ubisoft. “It wasn’t a decision I made lightly – I love the game and the community, and I’m so proud of what our team has accomplished together over the past two years – but I believe it was the right thing to do and the team gave my all support,” Asanasoff said. “Don’t worry, I’m not going too far, I have a feeling that my journey in this incredible game is far from over.”
Asanasoff didn’t mention the nature of his next project, and it’s hard to guess what it will actually be. As a designer, he has contributed to numerous Ubi games over the past 15 years, including For Honor, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, and Red Steel 2.
I’m proud to announce my next chapter with @Rainbow6Game as Creative Director – taking on the role of my friend and mentor @fromL You can read more here; https://t.co/wph22vwMiD Team and me Looking forward to our biggest year ever! pic.twitter.com/8lfPTWFWfmJanuary 10, 2022
In his own statement, incoming director Karpathis praised Asanasoff’s leadership and expressed hope for the future of Siege. “Leroy’s hard work will be evident over the next few seasons as the team and I prepare for one of the most ambitious years in Siege’s history,” he said. “I’m very humbled by the trust the team has placed in me, and I hope to earn the trust of the community in my new role as well.”
The leadership change comes as Siege is entering its seventh year of post-launch content. If the update goes according to the usual schedule, we should expect a new operator (and possibly even a new map) to be announced during the Six Invitational in February.