Ubisoft may not have had their own briefing at Gamescom, but that didn't stop them sending Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege
into the breach during Microsoft's presentation. They then followed this up with the introduction of a new feature: Spectator Cam. This feature allows an eleventh player to take part as an observer in a LAN or custom online 5v5 multiplayer match.
Not only is there the traditional first-person view that allows the spectator to follow individual players and see what they are seeing, there is also a Tactical View that allows players interactive access to both teams, all players and all objectives. In Tactical View, players can choose to follow individual players or can free cam over the entire map. Coloured outlines depict attacking players (blue), defending players (orange) and objectives (yellow). There will also be player panels that display information like the operator badge, equipped weapons and gadgets. In the future, this may also include some player statistics.
First-Person View Tactical View Tactical View Closeup
For those interested, yes it is possible for the player in Spectator Cam to divulge information to players on either team. Ubisoft feels that this "shouldn't present an unfair advantage because players usually know each other" when playing LAN or custom online multiplayer games. The feature won't be in the game at launch, but Ubisoft is hoping to bring Spectator Cam to consoles early next year.
As well as the new game feature, Ubisoft took the opportunity to introduce the GSG 9 Operators. Following in the footsteps of the GIGN
, FBI, SWAT
, the German counter-terrorism unit has four operators with their own distinct skills and personalities:
Bandit – Highly resourceful and adaptive, Bandit carries a crude electrical device consisting of a car battery wired to an electroshock weapon that electrifies barbwire and metallic surfaces. Blitz – With his imposing physique, Blitz is an expert on the front lines who uses a ballistic shield that provides mobile cover with a row of eight flashbang grenades that fire to disorient targets when entering or breaching hostile environments. IQ – IQ is a brilliant electrical engineer. She has a wrist-mounted sensor that detects electronic devices by sweeping the electromagnetic spectrum, providing visual and audio feedback. Jäger – A technician with an affinity for complex machinery, Jäger is armed with a mountable ADS-MK IV “Magpie” that can neutralise incoming projectiles.
Finally, another map was also revealed. The Kanal map is located in an industrial area of Hamburg in Germany. Players have to navigate several buildings, bridges and waterways with numerous elevated vantage points and lines of sight.
After all of that information, we also have the trailer that was showcased during Microsoft's briefing and a couple of screenshots that are taken from the aforementioned trailer. Take a look as the GSG 9 operatives do battle on Kanal:
Will you be watching or playing when Rainbow Six Siege
is released on October 13th?