Ubisoft Explains Why Rainbow 6 Patriots Had To Be Remade From The Ground Up

Written by Jon Sutton on Mon, Dec 16, 2013 12:45 PM
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Rainbow 6: Patriots had to go back to the mission planning stage after Ubisoft realised that the game it was developing wasn’t working. Good news for Rainbow 6 fans in a roundabout way, surely.

After toiling away for months on the latest game in the Tom Clancy: Rainbow 6 series, Ubisoft tried to put its Patriots plan into action, but unfortunately the entire development team got stuck on a door that opened the wrong way, plunging the development into chaos…

Ubisoft’s North American president, Laurent Detoc, explained why the lights went out on the Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Patriots project, but feels that the switch to next-gen consoles along with PC will be a huge boost for the stuggling project; “We had a core team. They had a good vision. They got started, and then the game wasn’t working. So [they had] to start again,” Detoc said. “There’s an editorial group in Ubisoft, a big group, very influential. If the game is not good enough, they say it’s not good enough. Most of the time, the team will say, ‘yeah, I know.’ But sometimes they want to continue in a direction where you say, ‘no, it’s not going to work.’"

Detoc continued; “Rainbow had to be remade. Now they’re going to have the benefit of the new consoles, if and when it comes out. It’s one of those examples where you try, it doesn’t work, you try again. If it doesn’t work, we’re not going to bring it to you.

Ominous words indeed. We’ll have to hope the title that was originally announced back at E3 2011 lives up to its predecessors, as Rainbow 6 has been a series that has unfortunately fallen by the wayside over previous years. The last game in the series was Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas 2, released back in 2008, which while well received forewent the mission planning that had become a much-loved staple of the series.

It’s currently unknown what direction Rainbow 6: Patriots is heading, with Detoc even admitting it may not even be called Patriots at all; “Could it become a shooter with another name in the end, because the team doesn’t want to do counter-terrorist guys? Say they want to be in a mercenary setting? That’s possible,” he said.

Rainbow 6: Patriots is due to be released for PC, Playstation 4, and Xbox One.

Did you prefer the more tactical gameplay of the older games in the series?

 

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11:04 Dec-18-2013

vegas 2 is one of the best games i played so far. it has its bugs and is too scripted for me but i wont ask more from 2008 than it can give. Terrorist hunt LAN parties FTW! ^^

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14:42 Dec-17-2013

I prefer the good old tactical intelligence demanding setting instead of just another stupid shooter... If they pulled this just to rework things from the ground up and make it smarter, then I am all for it...

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05:20 Dec-17-2013

Never played a Rainbow six game before, but I've heard all the stuff about it being a very tactical, hardcore game (the first ones at least), and I think it's good that Ubisoft are taking the time to make sure it's good. Rushing out a game is always gonna piss people off, especially with a hardcore franchise and I mean look at CoD, who rush a game out every year, and as a result have been stagnating since the original Modern Warfare, which was also the last one with a good campaign.

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02:15 Dec-17-2013

that's ubisoft for you, 'who dares, wins."

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23:18 Dec-16-2013

The second paragraph of this article is hilarious.
I think it's good that Ubi have the resources to make tough decisions like this. In the end, we the gamers are the winners.

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22:06 Dec-16-2013

rainbow six 2 with better graphics and a new story is all it needs hope they dont change it

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20:46 Dec-16-2013

Better safe then... Duke Nukem Forever i mean sorry.

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13:48 Dec-16-2013

i believe that this decision is admirable. it needs guts.

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13:22 Dec-16-2013

as long as it similar to the 1st RB six games then people will enjoy it i myself loved planning all the missions back in 1997-2003 missed it in the vagas one even thought the las vagas one's made up with the graphics offered
also the news about them remakeing the 1st one if that happens ill bu

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12:53 Dec-16-2013

This better not be poorly optimised, or else someone is going to get sued.

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17:13 Dec-16-2013

suing them over poor optimization I just see being a waste of time any money, but I wouldn't worry too much on optimization, the only Rainbow six game I've played was the first Vegas, but I play it and get very good FPS on the settings it defaulted to for my PC.

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