Rainbow Six Siege Introduces Spectator Cam

By Rebecca Smith, 1 year ago
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 ViewFirst-Person View

Tactical ViewTactical View

Tactical View CloseupTactical 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 and SAS, the German counter-terrorism unit has four operators with their own distinct skills and personalities:
GSG 9

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.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.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.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.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.

Kanal Map Artwork

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:


GSG 9 Screenshot

Kanal Map Screenshot

Will you be watching or playing when Rainbow Six Siege is released on October 13th?
Rebecca Smith
Written by Rebecca Smith
Rebecca is the Newshound Manager at TrueGaming Network. She has been contributing articles since 2010, especially those that involve intimidatingly long lists. When not writing news, she works in an independent game shop so that she can spend all day talking about games too. She'll occasionally go outside.