Announced by Ubisoft at their E3 press conference, the next installment to the Rainbow Six
series has arrived. Entitled Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege
, the game has been inspired by real world counter-terrorist organizations, and will feature gameplay in which the enemy can transform their surroundings into strongholds, and the Rainbow Six teams must breach them.
On the defensive side, the enemies will have the ability to reinforce floors and walls, by using barbed wire, deployable shields and mines, and more. The Rainbow Six teams on the other hand must breach these defenses, and complete whatever objective they may have within the given time limit. The objective shown in the gameplay demo, for instance, is a hostage situation in which the team must get in, neutralize the enemies, and get out with the hostage before the time limit is up.
Through the use of Ubisoft Montreal's Realblast engine, the environment around you reacts authentically to the caliber of bullets being fired, or the amount of explosives used. With that being the case, players can strategically destroy the environment around them to get the leg up on their opponent. In the demo you'll see several instances in which players shoot through walls to open up new fields of fire, and in particular a window is shot out at one point to give a friendly sniper a view of the target. Destruction of the environment will also be key when deciding how to breach the stronghold, as charges can be placed on ceilings, floors, and walls which will give the Rainbow Six teams more options in which to complete their objective.
Xavier Marquis, Creative Director at Ubisoft, had this to say on the creation of Siege
As fans of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six and tactical shooters in general, we set out to create the game we always wanted to play within the counter-terrorism universe. We asked ourselves ‘how could we capture the incredible tension and unique tactics of these confrontations?’ We found the answer in the Siege gameplay and procedural destruction. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege is the game that Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six fans have been waiting for, and first-person shooter players will be drawn to its unique gameplay.
Here is the aforementioned game demo for you to feast your eyes on:
We also have a few screens:Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege
is expected to release sometime in 2015 on the Xbox One.