It’s been quite some time since we’ve seen a Rainbow Six game, but earlier today, leaked footage of the upcoming Rainbow Six: Siege made its way to YouTube, giving us a glimpse of what lies ahead for the beloved tactical shooter series.
The footage in question was taken from a closed alpha of the game, which Ubisoft had announced would be held exclusively for the PC. The footage shows a multiplayer match in action, in which two teams compete against one another in an airport. The battle begins on a commercial airliner parked on the ground, but gradually makes its way into the airport terminal.
In this particular map, team Rainbow have been tasked with safeguarding a hostage from the opposing force.
The gameplay footage doesn’t seem to show any exceptional qualities to Siege, save for the heavy presence of near-future gadgets that players can employ. Many of these include portable barriers and obstacles that can be deployed to either obstruct enemies or serve as cover.
One element that does stand out is bullet penetration, which seems to play a larger tactical role in Siege than it does most other games. For example, players can shoot back at enemies through bullet holes in walls. Breaching of doors and weakened walls with explosives, sledgehammers and breaching shotguns also plays an important role.
The footage was initially posted to YouTube, but Ubisoft has been on the warpath, removing it wherever it crops up. Eurogamer, however, has embedded a copy of it from Daily Motion.
Prior to Rainbow Six Siege‘s announcement, developer Ubisoft Montreal were working on Rainbow Six: Patriots, a decidedly more single-player centric game in which team Rainbow must hunt down a group of anti-Capitalist domestic terrorists in the United States. The project was scrapped because Ubisoft wanted to work on a Rainbow Six game built around next-gen consoles.
To be honest, the leaked Siege footage hasn’t gotten me very excited about the game. The Rainbow Six name is more associated with careful tactical coordination in a single player context, and until Ubisoft elaborate more on what Siege‘s solo play will be like, it will be hard to differentiate it from the multitude of modern military shooters out there.