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E3 2012: The Vapourware List

The absent games we're beginning to wonder about.

Amidst all the excitement about E3 press conference stars like Beyond, Watch Dogs and Need for Speed: Most Wanted, it's easy to forget that not everything we hear about will make it to fruition, and that the time it takes for a game to go from spectacular reveal to an ignominious death that no one even bothers to report is only as long as it takes for a trailer to fade from memory. Given that we've published 478 videos so far this week, and some of them were for games like that Nike Plus thing, that's not long.

Rainbow 6 Patriots Preview

Rainbow 6 Patriots Preview

Can shock factor put Ubi's tactical shooter back on top in 2013?

By now, you may well have seen the target footage of Rainbow 6 Patriots that Ubisoft released earlier this month, hot on the heels of a hurried announcement. Not much more than a week previously, I'd been sitting in Ubisoft's Montreal game factory watching the very same sequence played live on a PS3 - albeit still presented as a "target" rather than a piece of the finished game. It differed in minor details, but it matched the target video beat for beat.

You find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife. (Although David Byrne didn't mention the iPad or the option to PRESS X TO KISS WIFE, you way well ask yourself: how did I get here?) You're a successful banker. A group of men break in and capture you both; you wake up with a bomb strapped to your chest, tasked with taking it to Times Square in New York and committing an atrocity to save the lives of your wife and baby. Ending up stuck in traffic chaos on a rain-lashed Brooklyn Bridge, you're cowering under cover from police fire and following one of the terrorists forward, car by car.

The action then switches to the Rainbow counter-terrorist team, high in the bridge's superstructure. You snipe, taking out an interfering NYPD officer with a shot to the leg. You rappel dramatically, running vertically down the brickwork, firing as you go. You make your way forward through panicked civilians, using a stark virtual-reality tactical overlay (not unlike Batman: Arkham's detective mode) to pick out and close in on the enemy.

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New Rainbow Six adds morality - report

Players asked to make difficult choices.

The new Rainbow Six game thought to be in development at Ubisoft will feature a complex morality system that asks players to think carefully about the consequences of their actions.

New Rainbow Six incoming - report

Back-to-basics gameplay promised.

A new entry in Ubisoft's Rainbow Six franchise is on its way that will see the series return to its strategic roots, according to a Kotaku tipster.