There was always going to be one surprise game reveal at Ubi’s press conference, and it’s turned out to be Rainbow Six: Siege. No, not Rainbow Six: Patriots. Don’t know what’s going on with that.
Details on Rainbow Six: Siege are a little thin on the ground, but what was displayed was a video depicting a team of five naughty people taking a hostage and barricading a residential building, and then five heavily-armed police-types going in and attempting to rescue said hostage. 5v5 multiplayer, then, with destructible environments (letting you literally get the drop on a room of foes by blowing open the ceiling above them) and a pretty heavy emphasis on teamwork. You’ll want to keep your sniper updated on where everybody is – possibly by using a little drone to scout things out – and stay behind the guy with the riot shield. Multiple insertion points and set-up phases mean you’ve got plenty of opportunity to work the map in your favour and change things up each round.
It looks really rather neat – and Ubi do “unusual multiplayer” very, very well – although I suspect that the video shows it at its best as I imagine it’ll be a bit less fun with randoms online. I anticipate ROUND ENDED: WEEDMASTABLAZE KILLED THE HOSTAGE and YOU WERE TEAMKILLED BY IFKDURMOM, but hey, there might be systems in place to deal with that sort of thing.
I can’t confirm whether it’ll have any single-player component or anything like that, but I can confirm it’ll be on PC. The early bits of the video had keyboard popups in the bottom right, so unless Ubisoft have been plugging a mouse and keyboard into a console, it looks like Rainbow Six: Siege will be hitting the Best Platform when it launches in 2015.
I’m not quite sure what this has to do with Rainbow Six, though. Rainbow Six: Siege doesn’t appear to focus on international counter-terrorism, and the siegebreakers were called Team Raven, not Team Rainbow. But… oh well. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.