Why Rainbow Six: Patriots became Rainbow Six: Seige

Tuesday, 10th June 2014 01:20 GMT By Brenna Hillier

The Rainbow Six game we saw at E3 2014 wasn’t the one we were expecting. Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot explains why Patriots became Siege.


At its E3 2014 conference, Ubisoft revealed Rainbow Six: Siege, a multiplayer-focused tactical shooter that has grown out of the troubled Rainbow Six: Patriots project. Patriots, unveiled in late 2011, was a single-player focused title, but we’ve long suspected it had been if not cancelled then certainly restarted multiple times.

Speaking to CVG, Guillemot said Ubisoft realised it “needed to go first with multiplayer” – hence the reboot.

“Before when we made games, we were leading first with single-player and then taking the systems from that to do multi-player. With Rainbow Six we said, ‘OK, we have to change our way of doing things’ – lead with multi-player first and then make single-player from that,” he said.

“That’s what made us change the game totally. We decided to restart with that in mind. The decision came from what we were seeing in the marketplace and because we wanted to do a 60 frames-per-second multi-player game.”

Although Patriots received a mixed reaciton on reveal thanks to controversial narrative elements in its early trailers, Guillemot said the decision to rethink the project was gameplay-driven, not inspired by backlash.

“The only chance we had to come with something that would be impressive in the online FPS arena was to have 60 frames-per-second and no limits imposed by having single-player. That’s what made us change direction,” he said.

The executive said it’s easier these days to write off big projects like Patriots because the industry has polarised; games either hit or miss, and if they miss, they don’t make anything near enough to cover their production costs.

On top of that, Ubisoft doesn’t want to disappoint fans – or itself.

“There are lots of factors to take into account. We know that with all of our teams, when their game doesn’t sell, they are unhappy,” Guillemot said.

Check out Rainbow Six: Siege’s debut gameplay footage from E3 2014, and hit the link above for the full interviews. The tactical multiplayer shooter is coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One – just as we suspected.



  1. POOhead

    i bet the sales of the newest ghost recon and splinter cell have something to do with it as well, both games completely different to what fans wanted. least now there sorta bringing rainbow back to its roots be a multiplayer game online kinda sucks, specially since ubisoft cant make any balanced multiplayer games

    #1 7 months ago
  2. Darkfield

    @POOhead They didn’t bring it back to Rainbow Six roots, it’s SWAT and not an R6 game. taking rainbow six back to it’s root would be something in the level of Raven Shield at the very least. Large platform filled with hostiles and multiple R6 fire teams with some serious tactical plan to move in and clear the area, rescue hostages or whatever else the mission objective dictates. And that’s not the sort of thing Ubi does, they hardly sell the casualized Ghost Recon as it is.

    #2 7 months ago
  3. Darkfield

    And frankly I’m dazzled as to why no one in the press calls Ubi out on their staged footages. The are doing that shit all over their multiplayer demonstrations. This is their elaborate plan to fool people into believing their games actually work as they demo them, while in reality an actual gameplay would never be anything like the scenes they staged.

    #3 7 months ago

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