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Why Ubisoft Killed Rainbow Six: Patriots

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Rainbow Six: Patriots was originally Ubisoft’s upcoming Rainbow Six game, rumors have spread multiple times that the game wasn’t working and that the game had either been scrapped or work had been thrown out and started again from the drawing board.

This E3 we got our first look at Rainbow Six: Siege, signalling the death of Patriots, but what happened to that game?

 Ubisoft technical artist Oliver Couture spoke with Rock, Paper, Shotgun and gave us an explanation:

“To be completely transparent, I worked on Patriots – on Rainbow Six for three-and-a-half years – and Patriots was old-gen. Xbox 360 and PS3. Next-gen consoles were just around the corner, and we were like, ‘OK, we want to also have a next-gen experience. What can we do for that?’

“We were trying stuff out with destruction technology, and we realized destruction really changes the game. We tried to see how it could fit with old-gen, but it just didn’t work out. So for us it was just a better solution to clean the slate, reset, and make what’s best for the players.”

It makes sense to start again with the next generation in mind, however something must have gone wrong in development to throw out over three and a half years of work, why not finish it and release it on last gen platforms? Luckily Siege looks fantastic, hopefully that game will surpass whatever Patriots was going to be like.

Let me know in the comments what you think of the whole situation, do you like the look of Siege?

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