Rainbow 6: Patriots misses current-gen

Game “got caught in the transition of going to next-gen”

Ubisoft has confirmed that Tom Clancy's Rainbow 6: Patriots won’t be released on current-gen platforms as originally planned. Announced in 2011 as a squad-based shooter with an emphasis on moral choices, the project appeared in danger of missing its 2013 launch window after the development team was restructured last year, a possibility later acknowledged by Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot.

Today, Ubisoft senior vice president of sales and marketing Tony Key told IGN that the Tom Clancy series is headed to next-gen platforms. It’s also worth noting that he was referring to the Rainbow 6 franchise in general, which has sold more than 25 million units worldwide, and not Patriots, a title we recently featured in an article entitled 6 games we expect never to see the light of day.

Key said: “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?’ 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.”

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