In 2011, Ubisoft released a video showcasing target footage for a new Rainbow Six game, subtitled Patriots. While we're used to putting down droves of terrorists in this series of tactical shooters, the "homegrown" variety showcased in the pre-rendered video hit a bit close to home. In it, disgruntled Americans fed up with a collapsed economy had formed a terrorist cell known as the Patriots, taking down money-hungry bank tycoons and anyone deemed somewhat responsible for the United States' financial downward spiral.
The gameplay improvements looked promising, with a substantial increase in tactical options and AI smarts. And its story--though a bit unsettling--seemed poised to provide a bit of social commentary on modern-day terrorism. But in March 2012, Patriots' creative director, narrative director, lead designer, and animation director were all removed from the project. Then, in May 2013, Patriots was delisted from GameStop's pre-order database, and Ubisoft has remained silent on its status ever since. Goodbye, Rainbow 6: Patriots; we hardly knew thee.