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Rainbow Six: next game to be next-gen, Patriots title AWOL

Thursday, 13th June 2013 05:24 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Rainbow Six: Patriots may not ever make it to launch, with Ubisoft confirming the next game in the franchise will release on next-generation hardware.

IGN asked Ubisoft senior vice president of sales and marketing Tony Key whether the next Rainbow Six game is coming to next-gen hardware, to which he answered in the affirmative. As the site noted, Key’s comments did not make any mention of the subtitle “Patriots”.

“We’re absolutely making another Rainbow Six. We’ve already said so. We just, as we enter this new generation, have to make sure we make the right game at the right time with the right feature sets,” he said.

“And Rainbow Six got caught in the transition of going to next-gen and essentially we’re figuring out ‘well, are we making the right game for the right hardware systems?’ And you know, on Watch Dogs, the guys have been working on that game and it’s always been a next-generation game in their minds and the way they were designing it. And at the end of the day when the specs showed up for next generation, they had guessed right. That’s not always the case.”

Key’s comments seem to suggest that whatever state Rainbow Six: Patriots was in when PlayStation 4 and Xbox One dev kits started making the rounds with developers, it wasn’t a good fit for either current or next generation hardware.

“Sometimes you have to take a step back and go ‘you know, I’m seeing the possibilities, but it’s gonna take more time,’” he said.

“We don’t really have anything else to announce or say about Rainbow Six, but we will say it’s a really exciting project for us and we can’t wait to say more.”

Patriots has had a confusing history. It was announced in late 2011 for a 2013 release on current generation hardware, but after releasing one trailer a month later, it went dark. By the time we heard about it next, in March 2012, the core development team had been significantly shaken, and Ubisoft was at pains to deny reports of troubled development and serious changes to direction.

We didn’t hear anything else except that it would “surprise” the industry, and then word in April that Ubisoft Toronto had ceased work on its portion of the project, which in hindsight seems a bit suspicious.

One thing we do know about the new and potentially shelved sequel is that unlike every game in the series to date Patriots kept cropping up with the numeral “6″ in its title instead of the word. This makes it hard to regret its possible untimely demise, I must say.

Thanks, Polygon.

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  1. CaptPierce

    Shame really. Those trailers were fantastic and the premise was actually interesting. Beyond tired of having to kill the same Russians and Arabs in every modern military game.

    Then again, it was announced during the Occupy Wall Street protests and most of the game was influenced by it, so I guess the story would feel outdated at this point. Either way, I hope it sees the light of day.

    #1 10 months ago
  2. Ajsman

    No Ubisoft, you are not making another Rainbow Six. R6 has been dead for years. You are just taking a dump on its grave every time you use the R6 name.

    #2 10 months ago
  3. Em_ptyskin

    They won’t admit that R6:Patriots started a mutiny on a Georgian military base. THAT is why development stalled; THAT is why the creative team was fired; and that is why you’ve heard nothing about the game. I have NEVER seen it mentioned by a game site, the devs, UBi, or the US government, but i am confident that the Pentagon threatened Ubi and they capitulated immediately.

    God, the US government sucks. Unless you make games that are black and white; good guy = US government, bad guys = everyone else, you don’t make games.

    If you want to read the story it is out there on the net. Some dumb MFer used those early trailers to test the waters for military personnel to defect to some kind of rebel militia and they had plans to assassinate a few politicians and generals on the base. It was bad news for sure, but I want a Patriots, not some bland Vegas/CoD BS and just because the game was grounded in a reality that few dare to talk or think about doesn’t mean potential art should be censored by some worry wart bureaucrats.

    Also, “Patriots kept cropping up with the numeral “6″ in its title instead of the word. This makes it hard to regret its possible untimely demise, I must say.”

    That is the kind of shallow bullshit that should not be rewarded. ‘i want the word in the title, not the number’. grow up and cover some real news.

    #3 10 months ago
  4. YoungZer0

    What the fuck are you talking about?

    #4 10 months ago
  5. Em_ptyskin

    Look it up, man. R6:P was canned because some nut used the trailers to recruit people in the army into a mutiny. Ubi hasn’t admitted it, but the content of the narrative is too sensitive to the US government for the game to be made and released. That is why they fired the creative leads last year; they came up with the idea.

    http://www.geekosystem.com/rainbow-six-inspired-terrorists/

    http://www.wenatcheeworld.com/news/2012/sep/04/prosecutors-special-ops-game-fed-into-murder/?print

    The game was not even out yet and it inspired people to sympathize with the terrorists in the game and to take up their cause in real life…

    The publisher talking about “it not being a fit for current or next gen” is misdirection so Ubi can avoid bad press.

    “Rainbow Six got caught in the transition of going to next-gen and essentially we’re figuring out ‘well, are we making the right game for the right hardware systems?’” = Bullshit PR damage control.

    I’ll be very surprised if they keep anything even close to the original narrative.

    #5 10 months ago