Rainbow Six brand director Alex Remy reveals one of the reasons why the story-driven Rainbow Six Patriots was cancelled in favor of Rainbow Six Siege.
Before Rainbow Six Siege stole the show during Ubisoft’s E3 2014 press conference with its impressive multiplayer demonstration, the state of the franchise was in limbo. It had been dormant for six years up to that point, thanks to the unexpected cancellation of Rainbow Six Patriots. Now, years after Rainbow Six Patriots was canned, we haven been given more insight into its demise, thanks to Rainbow Six brand director Alex Remy.
According to Remy, part of the reason why Rainbow Six Patriots was cancelled was due to its focus on being a “story-driven, narrative game.” Instead of making another run-of-the-mill, linear shooter that was commonplace in the market at the time, there was a desire to create something that would have longevity. This resulted in the Rainbow Six Patriots team being gutted in favor of a new team of 25, with only a couple of Patriots developers sticking around for the new vision, and work began on a multiplayer-driven Rainbow Six entry that would eventually become Rainbow Six Siege.
In the past, a different reason has been given for Patriots‘ cancellation. Rainbow Six Siege technical artist Oliver Couture blamed the transition to PS4 and Xbox One as being the reason Patriots was nixed, stating that it was difficult to incorporate new-gen elements like high levels of destructibility in a game that was largely built with last-gen systems in mind.
It may be easier to accept Remy’s explanation, as Rainbow Six Siege has clearly been built with a focus on longevity and eSports, with the game receiving continuous support since its launch last December. In fact, a new expansion called Operation Skull Rain was just announced, and that’s on top of the ongoing improvements, new operators, special outfits, and more that have been released over the last year. Assuming Ubisoft is able to keep the content in Rainbow Six Siege feeling fresh, players that have already dedicated hours of their time mastering the game may not be tempted to jump ship to a different shooter.
Of course, Ubisoft will also have to draw in new players to the Rainbow Six Siege experience as well to keep the game going strong. It will need to rely on more than content updates to get that done, and at some point, it wouldn’t be totally out of the question to see Rainbow Six Siege transition into a free-to-play shooter to attract new players. In the meantime, we named Rainbow Six Siege as one of the best games of 2015, so it’s certainly worth checking out in its current state, and should only continue to get better from here.
Rainbow Six Patriots was in development for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.