Rainbow 6 Patriots is a game that when it was first revealed created quite a bit of buzz but after an initial information dump, Ubisoft basically dropped it off the radar. When poked about it at multiple points over the last few months, they’ve mostly no commented. Even though there were several rumors the title had been cancelled, Ubisfot insisted that was not the case. The frustrating part about it was that it just seemed like Ubisoft was toying with us, most folks just wanted a straight answer. Now we have it.
In a recent interview with IGN, Senior Vice President Of Sales at Ubisoft, Tony Key, essentially said that the game got caught up in the transition of going to next-gen and that ultimately they decided to only launch it for next gen consoles. From his comments, it appears that it primarily came down to the hardware and the limitations of current generation consoles. He said they basically asked themselves were they making the right game on the right hardware and when it came to Patriots, the answer was no as far as putting it out on PS3 and Xbox 360.
Sadly, there was no no information on the current state of the title other than it will no be released for next generation consoles. I understand Ubisoft’s rationale here and honestly I agree but they knew this six months ago so why not just say that. This is one of the few times that I think Ubisoft has just dropped the ball on communicating with the fans and in properly handling one of their titles. Ubisoft is one of the best publishers in the business and has one of the strongest portfolios of high quality games that I can think of. It’s not often you see them get it so wrong, let’s hope its not the start of a trend.