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New Rainbow 6: Patriots' trailer goes beyond controversy-courting

Unveiled at the VGAs this weekend, here's the new trailer for Tom Clancy's Rainbow 6: Patriots. Want to see what kind of technical or gameplay innovations the series has made since its last appearance in 2008? Good for you, that's just special. This clip would much rather push the buttons of anyone who's read a single story about politics in the last few years.

2011's been a fine year for games' time-honored practice of trolling the mainstream media and the easily-offended alike – with standouts including Modern Warfare 3's child-killing, the release of a licensed Blackwater game and, um, Portal 2's barbed jibes against adopted people. But with a clip that could make waves among everyone from Wall Street to supporters of movements like Occupy or the Tea Party, Clancy's pals at Ubisoft have distinguished themselves – and in a manner that manages to be both comparatively classy and undeniably attention-grabbing.

Looking forward to seeing more of the game? The series isn't due to return until 2013, so expect plenty more teases over the next year.

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14 comments

  • combodombie - November 21, 2013 6:12 a.m.

    Okay, so this game had a trailer which was aiming to get some controversy plus a gameplay demo which is also aiming to get controversy and then this game just...disappeared. I might just be nuts, but this sounds like a publicity stunt. Still, if it isn't, I am kinda intrigued to see what Patriots will bring to the table.
  • sleepyMexican45 - December 13, 2011 5:22 a.m.

    I wish Rainbow Six and Ghost Recon would go back to their roots of realism and update it to modern standards. Instead they're catching the overdramatic CoD movie-esque train like everyone else...Saying that though, this game looks badass, and as a RS fan since the beginning, I've never been let down. 2013 is TOO FAR AWAY!
  • ThatGuyFromTV - December 12, 2011 9:23 p.m.

    SHIT.
  • TheZigMan - December 12, 2011 7:54 p.m.

    I will buy this game. It has me convinced.
  • TheDCSniper - December 12, 2011 3:41 p.m.

    First and foremost, this is a publicity stunt. Secondly, I don't really agree with the premise of this trailer, nor do I find anything remotely "classy" about it. The notion that anyone mad at the banks for the financial collapse that they caused would in any way be equated to a terrorist is appalling. Banks like Goldman Sachs securitized trillions of dollars of shitty mortgages and pawned them off on unsuspecting clients like pension funds, insurance companies and countries like Greece and Ireland while simultaneously betting against them through credit default swaps. Many of you will say, "It's just a game," but notice the subtext of it. You'll be placed in the role of the patriotic American soldier defending infallible capitalism's banks against terrorists who dare to demand some accountability for our financial institutions.
  • i3atRice - December 12, 2011 4:23 p.m.

    You're making this game sound like some conspiracy to make people upset with the US government seem like terrorists. Calm down, a game is a game and unless it is explicit you don't need to draw unnecessary conclusions.
  • TheDCSniper - December 12, 2011 5:08 p.m.

    It's obviously not a conspiracy, but there is an apparent agenda that the makers of this game are trying to perpetuate. It's indoctrination pure and simple
  • SpadesSlick - December 12, 2011 5:20 p.m.

    You play from the pov of the terrorists as well not just the rainbow six members, it's not nearly as cookie cutter as you are trying to make it sound.
  • InvasivePlague - December 12, 2011 5:38 p.m.

    The terrorists are terrorists because they kill innocent people not because they are simply mad at the banks.
  • ChaosEternal - December 12, 2011 5:50 p.m.

    I'd say this is focusing around the homegrown terrorist aspect of the game. These aren't the usual terrorist or enemies you are fighting, these are people born and raised in America who became terrorist for whatever reason. While it is certainly to draw publicity, it is also showcasing the sort of stuff that will be happening in the game. That is part of an actual mission. The guy is taken from his house, and forced to be a suicide bomber or else his entire family will be killed. Your team needs to do what it can. It can lead to some pretty hard choices, and the trailer showed one result. CAPTCHA:his permtan
  • angelusdlion - December 12, 2011 10:41 p.m.

    Welcome to the morality they're trying to add to the game. And accountability is different than strapping explosives to a guy, throwing him to the street from fifteen stories up and blowing him up. Seriously, did you even bother to watch the trailer?
  • Baron164 - December 12, 2011 2:02 p.m.

    They are really getting me interested for this game. I loved the Vegas games so I've been itching for more Rainbow Six for awhile. I like how they have these terrorists killing just enough innocent civilians to make them evil. I guess if they only killed the rich white bankers then players wouldn't be motivated to kill them :-) I just hope the game still holds onto the good tactical shooter elements and doesn't try to copy Call of Duty.
  • Ironarm - December 12, 2011 1:55 p.m.

    I can't wait to see what the game actually plays like. (I'm not counting the test footage as real gameplay) I'm extremely interested in how the story pans out. So far it looks like Ubisoft has a great idea going.
  • MasterBhater - December 12, 2011 1:51 p.m.

    I'm liking the idea for this story. I'm liking it a lot.

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