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?