Ubisoft senior vice president of sales and marketing Tony Key has confirmed that Rainbow 6: Patriots will be a next-gen title:
"We can't and we don't want to make ten giant blockbuster games at the same time. We're absolutely making another Rainbow 6. We've already said so. We just, as we enter this new generation, have to make sure we make the right game at the right time with the right feature sets."
"And Rainbow 6 got caught in the transition of going to next-gen and essentially we're figuring out ‘well, are we making the right game for the right hardware systems?' And you know, on Watch Dogs, the guys have been working on that game and it's always been a next-generation game in their minds and the way they were designing it. And at the end of the day when the specs showed up for next generation, they had guessed right. That's not always the case."
"Sometimes you have to take a step back and go 'you know, I'm seeing the possibilities, but it's going to take more time,'" Key added. "We don't really have anything else to announce or say about Rainbow 6, but we will say it's a really exciting project for us and we can't wait to say more."
When asked if Rainbow 6 will be next-gen, Key replied with "yes".