It turns out that Rainbow 6: Patriots, a game shown off a long time ago, had to be scrapped by Ubisoft and completely remade.
In an interview with IGN, Ubisoft’s President of North America, Laurent Detoc, dropped some important information about the long-awaited, maybe-cancelled Rainbow 6: Patriots. Detoc spoke about the direction of the project, Ubisoft’s internal structure, and the switch to the new generation of game consoles.
Detoc is quite vague on the first topic, saying that “Rainbow had to be remade… 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.”
“We had a core team,” he said. “They had a good vision. They got started, and then the game wasn’t working.”
“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 direct where you say, ‘no, it’s not going to work,'” Detoc told IGN. This has me wondering if it was a mechanical problem or if it was more aesthetic and conceptual.
Patriots was interesting for its focus on domestic terrorism rather than external. Since the game leaked and subsequently hit the cover of Game Informer, Ubisoft has been mostly silent. Is the focus on American terrorism being swapped out for something a bit easier to sell?
“Could it become a shooter with another name in the end… That’s possible,” Detoc said.
For a company that has publicly said they are only interested in titles they can turn into franchises, it’s interesting that Rainbow 6 has been so neglected and that this title has been in production for so long.
Hopefully these long silences and the rebooting of the development cycle will help that game avoid the fate of titles rushed to market without dooming it to the same problems that franchises like EA’s NBA Live series has been subject to.