If you've been wondering about the fate on the long-quiet Rainbow 6: Patriots, Ubisoft has confirmed that the game is still alive and well in development. In an interview with IGN this week, North American president Laurent Detoc said that the game, which was first announced in 2011 before going silent even after a few key developers left the project in early 2012.

"We had a core team. They had a good vision," Detoc said. "They got started, and then the game wasn’t working. So [they had] to start again."

While not that unusual in developer circles, what sticks out with Patriots is its controversial initial premise: rather than dealing with foreign militants or some other expected enemy, the titular counter-terrorism team was facing a group of homegrown U.S. terrorists engaging in class warfare over economic inequality – interesting territory for a triple-A shooter, in any case.

Whether or not the game is still looking at tackling the 1 percent remains to be seen – although Ubi's editorial department seems much more willing to take narrative risks than many other big budget productions would – but now at least the game, whatever it is, will benefit from coming to next-gen consoles.

VIa IGN