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Rainbow Six Patriots scrapped and restarted

Ubisoft confirms next entry in shooter series wasn't working, being rebuilt for new generation of consoles

When Ubisoft announced Rainbow 6 Patriots in November of 2011, it pencilled in the next installment of the tactical shooter series for a 2013 debut. With 2014 just weeks away and not so much as a new trailer for Patriots in years, Ubisoft has finally explained what happened to the project. Speaking with IGN, Ubisoft North American president Laurent Detoc confirmed that Rainbow 6 Patriots had to be rebooted.

"We had a core team," Detoc explained. "They had a good vision. They got started, and then the game wasn't working. So [they had] to start again."

He added that the game is being rebuilt on the new consoles now, so it will benefit from more powerful hardware "if and when" it releases. That might not be the only change for the game; Detoc also said the game's title, and even its premise as a game about counter-terrorism, could change before the project sees the light of day again.

While Ubisoft has kept a good track record of meeting release windows for the Assassin's Creed series, much of its remaining catalog has been subjected to delays in recent years. Two of its new next-gen IP, Watch Dogs and The Crew, were delayed in October, while other notable projects like Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, Rayman Legends, I Am Alive, both Splinter Cell: Conviction and Spinter Cell: Blacklist, and a sequel to Beyond Good & Evil were delayed, overhauled, or (in Beyond Good & Evil's case) possibly abandoned.

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Latest comments (2)

Yiannis Koumoutzelis Founder & Creative Director, Neriad Games2 years ago
thank god! R6 is one of my favourite series. It just didn't feel good. I hope they make a game worthy of the rainbow 6 name.
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 2 years ago
Good, as the whole 24/Homeland/whaddever thing is wearing really thin these days... Let's hope the new game straightens up and flies right, feels like a proper Clancy title should and isn't just another excuse to shoot people in the face online and ignore any message the campaign is hoping to deliver...
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