What Happened To ‘Rainbow 6: Patriots’?

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Rainbow 6 Patriots VGA 2011 Trailer

It’s hard to believe that it was over a year and a half ago when Ubisoft unveiled Rainbow Six Patriots at the 2011 Spike VGAs with an intense concept gameplay video. It was pitched as concept footage but in reality, it was a fully working demo Ubisoft had.

So with Ghost Recon: Future Soldier having put one Tom Clancy series back in the spotlight, and new Clancy IP The Division earning a lot of buzz this E3, where is Rainbow Six and is there any truth to the rumors of it being canned?

Montreal CEO Yannis Mallat told Gamespot earlier this week that Rainbow 6 “has a place in the studio,” but wouldn’t say more. IGN however, spoke with Ubisoft senior vice president of sales and marketing Tony Key, who elaborated on the status of the game and confirmed it to be next-gen.

“We can’t — and we don’t want to — make ten giant blockbuster games at the same time. We’re absolutely making another Rainbow 6. 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.

“And Rainbow 6 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 continued, reiterating the importance of the franchise. It all sounds like a case of shifting priorities as Ubisoft focuses on more ambitious projects that aim to be more connected and more social. It begins with Watch Dogs which integreates single-player and multiplayer world seamlessly in its cyber hacker universe and we’re seeing that translate into an even more connected experience with the just-announced The Crew and The Division, both games which turn narrative-experiences into MMOs that can be played co-op, but where other players exist. From the limited info of Rainbow Six, it perhaps needs to be revamped with new ideas and more of these similar features.

They did promise that the game would change the first-person formula, but we also heard about key creative personnel being replaced, which was our first indication that there wasn’t a clear plan in place for the game’s design and development. Head honcho Yves Guillemot also hinted late last year that the game was being pushed towards being a next-gen title, hyping it up by saying it’ll “surprise” the industry.

A new Ghost Recon is in development and Rainbow 6 will eventually be on its way too. One of the two will likely show up at next year’s E3, but if it’s Rainbow, we don’t know if it’ll keep the “Patriots” subtitle.

What would you like Ubisoft to offer in a next-gen Rainbow 6? It’s a safe bet it’ll feature full co-op and competitive multiplayer elements with a companion app.

Let me know on Twitter @rob_keyes.

Source: IGN

TAGS: E3 2013, PC, PS3, PS4, Rainbow Six, Rainbow Six Patriots, Ubisoft, Xbox 360, Xbox One

  • YourColourTelevision

    It followed the Rainbow.

  • Dang

    Back in e3 09 I believe we a first look on grfs. When the game came out eventually it didn’t look like what it did back in 09 besides one mission. They need to bring the old concept of that game since most people and myself included was hoping for that.

    • http://gamerant.com Rob Keyes

      I’d love to see the classic, original design comeback, where players plan out squads and squad movements via maps before even entering the mission. With Ubisoft’s push towards onlne experiences with companion apps/second-screen gameplay features, you can practically guarantee this sort of thing will return in some way, even if it’s on a tablet.

      • Ken J


        Even if they bring back that one feature, the experience will still be different. No way Ubisoft will make a game as challenging as the originals since they cater to the console market that would get bored if it isn’t as fast paced as the stuff they’ve been pushing. I guarantee you even if they add a planning phase, it’ll be pure gimmick. You’ll still encounter scripted spawning enemies, regenerating health, unrealistic fireteams (I mean, seriously, you run in and your AI teammates just kind of randomly run around? No formation, no order, no rhyme or reason??). What happened to the original where you set the alert status, and your team will move accordingly, moving in a column formation to cover every inch as you move, no random “witty” banter in the middle of a mission where your talking can give away your position to the enemy?? That’s gone, and Ubisoft is the LAST company that would bring any of that back. Our only hope for a realistic shooter now is in the form of ARMA III by Bohemia Interactive Studios…

        • doc

          Yep. Arma 3 is pretty good. Still buggy though due to alpha status.

          But it’s large scale, not really compareable tothe old rainbow games.
          Though I guess with the massive modding and scripting support it would be possible to make a mod that gives you similar possibilities.

          • Ken J


            Yes, it is still buggy, but they are actively receiving user feedback about it. And a lot actually has been fixed already. When I first downloaded and played the alpha it was pretty rough. Pop-ups everywhere, like trees and other things would literally pop up 30 meters in front of you… They fixed those really big issues already, but I’ve submitted a few suggestions myself…

            But regarding the CQB style gameplay of the old school Rainbow Six, yah, I think that’s gone… Unless Ubisoft sells or loses the rights to the Tom Clancy games, but it doesn’t look like that’ll ever happen given how much money they make off of them…

          • Ken J


            Or if that company Blackfoot Studios ever gets enough money to make their project Ground Branch come to life, then we’ll have that. But right now, it’s not looking real good for them unfortunately… Not to be negative, I’d love for them to succeed, and maybe they will, but it’s definitely looking like an uphill battle. I hope they persevere…