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Rainbow Six: Patriots cancellation explained by Ubisoft, single-player confirmed for Rainbow Six: Siege

on 18 June 2014

Speaking to Rock, Paper, Shotgun, Ubisoft’s Oliver Couture has explained why the French publisher decided to bin Rainbow Six: Patriots in favor of the recently-announced Rainbow Six: Siege.

Couture explained it was largely down to wanting to offer an experience for next-generation consoles.

“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.

“We’ve been working hard for the past year-and-a-half [on Siege].”

Despite its focus on multiplayer, Siege will still support a single-player component, though Couture's keeping details close to his chest for now. 

“We understand that while this year we showed multiplayer – because we want to have fun playing against each other internally, it’s a good test to know if a game is fun – but we are 100 percent aware that single-player is a big part. We’re currently working on that too,” he said.

“The scope of the single-player is not completely clear yet, so I cannot really elaborate on it. All I know is that the message we have on the production floor is like, ‘All the comments online, people are always talking about single-player. So we’re gonna have something for them.’ But I can’t say if it will be more cinematic [like Patriots was] yet.”

Rainbow Six: Patriot was originally announced in November 2011 for PS3, PC, and Xbox 360. Amidst rumors of its cancellation, the publisher re-confirmed the game as in development at E3 2013, though said it had been moved to next-generation systems.

Finally, at E3 2014, the game was announced as shelved with Rainbow Six: Siege acting as its replacement. The shooter will be released for PS4, PC, and Xbox One.