The new Rainbow Six Siege's E3 appearance was final confirmation that the previously announced Patriots was dead and buried. Now technical artist Oliver Couture has explained why.
Speaking to RPS Couture says that Patriots was old-gen and despite attempts to update it, ultimately it was, "a better solution to clean the slate, reset, and make what’s best for the players.” Here's what he said in full:
“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 realised 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].”
He also mentioned that the team is currently working on the single player side of things but that the "scope is not completely clear yet" adding that "I can’t say if it will be more cinematic [like Patriots was] yet.”