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Rainbow Six: Patriots was "not good enough," so Ubisoft started over

Ubisoft NA president confirms "the game wasn't working," so developer started over; now headed to Xbox One and PS4 "if and when it comes out."

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The version of Rainbow Six: Patriots shown off to the world in 2011 was "not good enough," so Ubisoft started over on a new version of the game now aimed at Xbox One and PlayStation 4, North America president Laurent Detoc told IGN in a new interview. The first iteration of the game was planned for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.

“We had a core team. They had a good vision. They got started, and then the game wasn’t working. So [they had] to start again,” Detoc said. “There’s an editorial group in Ubisoft, a big group, very influential. If the game is not good enough, they say it’s not good enough. Most of the time, the team will say, ‘yeah, I know.’ But sometimes they want to continue in a direction where you say, ‘no, it’s not going to work.’”

Detoc explained that Rainbow Six: Patriots "had to be remade." He did not, however, provide any examples of the specific ways in which the game has changed compared to its original design. Ubisoft's original announcement said the game would follow the counterterrorism Team Rainbow squad as it attempts to put down a group of American insurgents known as the True Patriots.

The game was also planned to feature "tough ethical decisions" players would have to make to thwart the True Patriots' budding revolution. It's not clear if such decisions are still part of the game.

Detoc further explained that the power of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 should be a boon for the new version of Rainbow Six: Patriots, though he's unsure if the game will ever in fact be released.

"Now they’re going to have the benefit of the new consoles, if and when [Rainbow Six: Patriots] comes out," he said. "It’s one of those examples where you try, it doesn't work, you try again. If it does't work, we’re not going to bring it to you."

Detoc also said Rainbow Six: Patriots could be called something else the next time gamers see the action game, though no other potential titles were mentioned.

Rainbow Six: Patriots is in development at Ubisoft Montreal with assistance from Ubisoft Toronto and Red Storm. The Rainbow Six franchise was created by prolific military author Tom Clancy, who died this summer.

The Rainbow Six franchise last surfaced on consoles with the 2008 launch of Rainbow Six Vegas 2. For more on the tactical shooter, check out GameSpot's review.

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