Gamestop Removes Rainbow Six: Patriots From Database
In a worrying move, Gamestop has de-listed Rainbow Six: Patriots from their database, and stopped taking pre-orders for the game. After being shrouded in darkness and silence for a while now, Rainbow Six: Patriots had slipped off the radar for many gamers as lack of any real gameplay footage or announcements have left gamers slightly wary over whether the game will see an eventual release at all. IGN states that Ubisoft had told them last year that the game was still in development, and that a removal of the title from a retailer’s database could simply be a time-out mechanism in place with their database software/systems, and not representative of the game facing cancellation.
Amazon and Game are still listing Rainbow Six: Patriots, which shows positive signs that this may be specific to Gamestop and not reflective of anything drastic overall. If two of the UK’s biggest retailers maintain a listing, then it’s generally a good indication that the game is still planned for release. Rainbow Six: Patriots was announced back in 2011, and only a gameplay target video has been released, showcasing an animation of how they expect the game to play and look in its final form. Therefore this video is simply what the Killzone 2 E3 trailer was back years ago, which was a representation of expectations of gameplay, and not actual gameplay itself.
This is likely a small error or insignificant sign on Gamestop’s part, but this could also reflect that Ubisoft may be planning to cancel the current gen version of Rainbow Six: Patriots and move it onto the next generation of consoles. It would make sense for Ubisoft to up the ante a little, and produce a higher quality game for the PS4 in time for the end of 2013, especially with their other title Watchdogs being planned already for the PS4 game lineup, and of course the current gen slowly coming to an end by 2014. Other developers such as Rockstar are still producing high quality content for the current generation of consoles, but while someone like Rockstar can produce a highly polished current gen game that can still stand up to next-gen titles, Ubisoft hasn’t quite managed to achieve the same flair as Rockstar and other high quality studios such as Naughty Dog.
It would make sense therefore, for Ubisoft to consider moving their title up a generation, or at least to delay it and consider creating a port to the PS4, in the same sense as Watchdogs.