It's not often that all work on a game is binned and the project is started over, but that's exactly what happened with Rainbow Six: Patriots.
The game was first announced in 2011
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. Rainbow had to be remade,” Ubisoft's North American president Laurent Detoc told IGN.
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.'
Now they're going to have the benefit of the new consoles, if and when it comes out. It's one of those examples where you try, it doesn't work, you try again. If it doesn't work, we're not going to bring it to you.”