E3 2013: Thank Goodness, Rainbow 6: Patriots Is Still In Development
There was a rumour a few weeks back that sunk my heart. It suggested that the latest entry into the Rainbow 6 franchise, Patriots, had been cancelled and that the title would not even appear on next-gen consoles. What made the rumour even more believable was the fact that we had not seen the game in action for years, dashing all hope for Rainbow 6 fans everywhere. Well, that faith has been restored at this year’s E3.
Ubisoft has confirmed that the new entry for Rainbow 6 is now a next-gen title and still on track to release. Suspiciously, the subtitle “Patriots” was not used by Ubisoft representatives when referring to the game, suggesting a slight rebranding. Ubisoft senior vice president of sales and marketing Tony Key confirmed the transition, but also warned that Rainbow 6 might not be releasing anytime soon.
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“We can’t — and we don’t want to — make ten giant blockbuster games at the same time. We’re absolutely making another Rainbow 6. We’ve already said so. We just, as we enter this new generation, have to make sure we make the right game at the right time with the right feature sets.”
“And Rainbow 6 got caught in the transition of going to next-gen and essentially we’re figuring out ‘well, are we making the right game for the right hardware systems?’ And you know, on Watch Dogs, the guys have been working on that game and it’s always been a next-generation game in their minds and the way they were designing it. And at the end of the day when the specs showed up for next generation, they had guessed right. That’s not always the case.”
“Sometimes you have to take a step back and go ‘you know, I’m seeing the possibilities, but it’s gonna take more time,’. We don’t really have anything else to announce or say about Rainbow 6, but we will say it’s a really exciting project for us and we can’t wait to say more.”
So it may be a while until Ubisoft decides to show off what they’ve done with their latest next-gen project, but I for one am just glad it hasn’t been cancelled. It was a glaring omission from Ubisoft’s press conference, but this new sort of makes up for that.
Let’s hope Ubisoft don’t keep us waiting too long.