Let me first start off by saying im a big fan of the rainbow six series. Rainbow Six: 3 was one of the most competitive and social first person shooter I can remember and don’t forget, it stayed on Xbox Live’s top ten for most of its life. Now don’t get me wrong I liked Vegas, but with the third person cover system and the Hollywood- esque single player, it felt like a completely different beast.
You could satisfy both your hardcore fans and increase sales of Rainbow Six: Patriots by producing a HD re-release of Rainbow Six 3: Black Arrow with multiplayer (Or the original RS:3).Now how does this increase the sales of Rainbow Six: Patriots you ask? Well you could include it as a limited timed preorder special, or have it part of a collector’s edition of Patriots. For example, you could place a three month time limit on the game, then have it up for sale on the XBLA, and PSN store. I would buy patriots in a heartbeat, just to jump in on the game three months early, and I think a lot of fans would too. Plus it would be a great way of letting retail customers know about your product on the marketplace that wouldn’t otherwise have known. Look at Activision, they included the original Call of Duty with the harden edition of Black Ops, and it seemed to work quite well for them.
Now, I don’t know what kind of rights Microsoft might have with Black Arrow because it was an Xbox excusive, but a lot of fans of the series missed out on an awesome game because they didn’t own an Xbox. Plus it's not even playable online now since they shut down the original Xbox live servers. If Black Arrow is not an option, you could easily just go with Rainbow Six: 3 and get the same response. If anyone has any comments or other ideas on this please post it. I welcome any positive criticism, thanks!
P.S. I also want to include more examples. Metal of Honor: Front lines was included in the limited edition of Metal of Honor. The original Doom 1&2 will be include into the upcoming release of Doom 3 BFG edition.It worked for EA, Activision, and now id Software is doing it too. I believe it would be a great success with UBI Soft. Fans have been clamoring for a HD RS:3 for a very long time (Multiplayer is a must though)