Rainbow 6: Patriots was announced to massive excitement from both the press and fans. The announcement came with some very impressive video that showed what the game “might” look like, though it was made clear that the game could receive massive changes before it was released. At the time though, many of us believed that release would come on this generation of consoles, but recent comments from Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot now have that in question.
When asked directly about the game being next-gen, Guillemot said “There’s a good chance it can be.” This is huge though, because Patriots is currently scheduled to be released in 2013, but if the CEO is saying that the game could be next-gen at this point, I don’t see any way this game releases in 2013. I’d bet that this game slips to early 2014.
In terms of the game’s overall focus, Ubisoft is still working off the original vision, which involves taking down a homegrown terrorist cell called the True Patriots, while being forced to make tough moral decisions about the lives and deaths of civilians along the way. When the game was originally announced, it seemed like Ubisoft really wanted to push players to have to make a choice, not between good and bad decisions, but rather between bad and bad decisions. Not to say that they intend to force players to play a certain way but rather to bring to the forefront the kind of no-win decisions that the folks who fight to keep us safe have to make all the time.
Interestingly enough, Ubisoft currently has two of the most anticipated games of 2013, both of which I think slip to next-gen and drop some time in 2014, Watch Dogs being the other title. Rainbow 6: Patriots has a lot of potential and I would much rather see them slip it to 2014 than put it out half-baked and deliver something that is only a shell of what could have truly been possible. Either way, this should be interesting to watch develop. Keep it locked to ZoKnowsGaming to stay updated on this and all your other gaming news.