Tom Clancy's Rainbow 6 Patriots announced, looks to take on Call of Duty

Don't think that Ubisoft isn't paying attention when it sees Battlefield 3 selling 5 million copies. It is, and it wants in. Today, Ubisoft confirmed Tom Clancy's Rainbow 6 Patriots, a game that "revolves around a dynamic single-player storyline that captures the reality of modern-day terrorism and allows players to experience it from multiple characters’ perspectives."

In other words: it's going to be their Call of Duty. Let the games begin!

While Rainbow 6 championed realism in its past games, the franchise evolved into a more action-packed series with the success of Rainbow 6 Vegas, which maintained the same tactical combat as its predecessors without getting mucked down in procedural mumbo-jumbo. From the sounds of things, Patriots will follow in this new trend while continuing to put the focus on squad-based combat and tactical execution. In the press release, Ubisoft says that players will be rewarded for working as a team and mastering the game's "new features that enhance communication and tactical execution between teammates." We don't even know what that means, but we want it.

Also interesting is the plot, which should certainly resonate with today's politics. The plotline involves Team Rainbow going toe-to-toe (or gun-to-gun) with a group called the "True Patriots," which manages to sound like a conglomeration of every extreme political movement of the past few years. The group believes that the American government is irrevocably corrupted by greedy politicians and corporate special interests, and they will do whatever it takes to reclaim their country. And those are the villains.

Above: A guy in some tactical gear that you'll likely kill terrorists as. Spoilers!

“Terrorism has evolved, and so has Rainbow 6. In Tom Clancy’s Rainbow 6 Patriots, all the team play, tactics, and realism that fans of the series love have been coupled with an exciting new narrative direction,” said David Sears, creative director at Ubisoft. “This adds an unprecedented level of humanity that will make Tom Clancy’s Rainbow 6 Patriots an extremely tense and immersive experience." If the test footage is any indication they're not joking around when they talk about it being tense. Seriously, we felt emotional just watching it.

Rainbow 6: Patriots is currently planned for a release on the Xbox 360, PC, and PlayStation 3 in 2013, which is actually after the Wii-U is supposed to be launching. Considering Ubisoft has been one of Nintendo's biggest supporters with their new systems, we expect that this might make its way to their upcoming console as well.

In fact, the Wii-U's screen might make for some amazing possibilities for the tactical, gadget-based gameplay of Rainbow Six...

Looks like it's time to speculate!


FPS rainbow 6


  • SpadesSlick - November 3, 2011 10:50 p.m.

    Wow that test footage was freaking incredible. Do want.
  • fashionppo - November 3, 2011 7:25 p.m.

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  • mikeylawson - November 3, 2011 4:38 p.m.

    That is amazing. Not too keen on the look through walls tech though.
  • staplersexits - November 3, 2011 4:31 p.m.

    I wish they would go back to the pre-vegas rainbow six. I'm tired of all these games where every character you play as is a mutant like wolverine. I want to limp when I got shot in the leg dammit!
  • taokaka - November 3, 2011 3:59 p.m.

    This looks superb but I hope the game gets the right balance of cinematic events and player choice in levels unlike Call of duty and other linear over the top shooters.
  • kingsmikefan - November 3, 2011 2:05 p.m.

    Wow. If the actual game is like that test footage, I will be all over this. That was intense.
  • Baron164 - November 3, 2011 12:11 p.m.

    I loved the Vegas games, I'm just hoping this new game doesn't stray too far from those games gameplay wise.
  • samsneeze - November 3, 2011 12:10 p.m.

    I don't mind Battlefield VS. Modern Warfare type discussions because they are games that are pretty shallow in my opinion. Rainbow 6 on the other hand, is something I find to be tons "different" and more enjoyable. It's less run and gun, and more teamwork and tactics. I honestly can't wait to see more from this.
  • UberNoob - November 3, 2011 1:53 p.m.

    Over hyped mainstream shooters is the word ;) I remember a friend of mine showing my Rainbow 6 (not sure which one). I tried it, and it was pretty fun, but the controls and everything were difficult for me ATM since I wasn't into shooters. It seemed short to me though.
  • samsneeze - November 3, 2011 2:34 p.m.

    Rainbow 6 is in no way over hyped. Especially when compared to things like Modern Warfare and Battlefield. Sure, the game was short, but at least the story didn't like a convoluted mess of a tale. The multiplayer more than makes of for any left over length.
  • UberNoob - November 3, 2011 6:02 p.m.

    I never said it was...I was referring to BF and MW...
  • samsneeze - November 3, 2011 6:31 p.m.

    The way your comment was written, it seemed to imply that's what you meant.
  • UberNoob - November 3, 2011 8:16 p.m.

    Understandable. I should have mentioned what I was referring to.
  • RoeTaKa - November 3, 2011 12:08 p.m.

    some time ago I remember news on a rainbow 6 game set in new york and the team tackling terrorist threats in the living breathing city, something along that mark, whatever happened to that game?
  • RoeTaKa - November 3, 2011 12:13 p.m.

    I just saw in the art you can just make out Times Square. Maybe it is the same game? There were screenshots, maybe they went all 'Conviction' and redesigned it.
  • RoeTaKa - November 3, 2011 5:50 p.m.

    ok...I totally did not notice that test footage
  • RedAppolyon - November 3, 2011 12:06 p.m.

    I'm in. i have always enjoyed a good outing with Rainbow Six.

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