Ubisoft ended their E3 press conference this year will a bang, literally. Leaving the audience with one last teaser, Ubisoft debuted Rainbow Six: Siege, the latest in the Rainbow Six franchise, presenting over six minutes of gameplay footage.
The pre-alpha footage displayed a multiplayer match between two teams of five, one group as terrorists and the other as SWAT counter terrorists, in a hostage rescue scenario. During the 1-minute preparation time of the match, the terrorists set up defences, barricading themselves inside a house, whilst moving the hostage in to a secure location. The counter terrorists at this point used drones to survey the house in an attempt to locate the hostage and the whereabouts of the other team.
Upon entering the house firefights erupt, with doors, walls and furniture being shot up, suggesting large destructible environments. As the match continues the players are eliminated one by one until there is only one member remaining on each team. Without respawns the two remaining players are left to face off against one another, the counterterrorist seemingly failing to extract the hostage as a gunshot is heard and the screen turns to black.
“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,” said Xavier Marquis, creative director at Ubisoft.
Rainbow Six: Siege will launch on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC in 2015.