Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Sige is the thirteenth installment in the Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Franchise developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft Entertainment. It is the latest game to be released since Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Veges 2 and is considered a successor to the now canceled Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Patriots.
Inspired by counter-terrorist activities across the world, Siege puts heavy emphasis on enviromental destruction and cooperation between players. Unlike previous installments, the game features no singleplayer campaign and offers an online mode, though it does allow players to play offline in single-player tutorials called situations. Team Rainbow has been deactivated for many years with the emergence of many terrorist organizations as a result. One such organization, the White Masks have been spreading chaos all across the world, sharing no discrimination with who they terrorize.
With their ultimate objective unknown, they have become a large enough threat that Team Rainbow has been reactivated under the leadership of Six, gathering Operators from all across the world. After succesfully stopping a biochemical attach on Bartlett University, Six performed a eulogy for those who had lost their lives in the attack and many like it but also told of how Team Rainbow was back and that they would be ready to defend the world where needed.
The destruction system allows players to break structures by planting explosives on them or to make bullets holes on walls by shooting it. The enviroments of the game feature a layered material system, in which enviromental objects of different materials show different reactions to player’s attack. Players may gain tactical advantages through enviromental destruction, and that the system aims at encouraging players to utilize creativity and strategy. In order to create a realistic gameplay, a bullet penetration system is featured, in which bullets deal less damage when they hit enemies through structures. This creates an ever-changing enviroment on the map, making it vital for players to be cognoscenti of their surroundings and work together.
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege currently offers ten Counter-Terrorist Units from different nationalitites across the world, each CTU featuring four Operators apiece for base game CTUs, two attackers and two defenders, and two Operators apiece for DLC, one attacker and one defender. Only one Operator may be chosen from per round and cannot be changed until the round is over. Each Operator features a selection of different weapons, abilities, and equipment, all of which can be extremely limited and must be use wisely. Customize items, such as weapon and attachements, weapon skins, or even Operators themselves are obtained through earning and spending Renown.’
Matches are conducted in a 5v5 manner, with each player only receiving one life per round. As such, it is extremely important to communicate with the teammates and plan assaults when attacking or defense when defending. Attackers start each round with 60 seconds to send a Drone to survey and detect items in the enviroment, allowing players to find enemies and target and mark them. Defenders, on the other hand, have the ability to fortify their location and prepare for the inevitable assault by the attackers. This is done through setting up Reinforced Walls and Barricade around the area as well as deploying unique abilities to help defend the area such as with Bandit’s Shock Wire or Mute’s Signal Disruptor. The game features the “three main pillars” - teamwork, tactics, andtension. Each map features multiple locations for both the Attackers and Defenders to choose from, greatly increasing the importance in conducting serveillance. Each map is desgined to be close-quarted oriented, and have emphasis on verticality and destruction.
The base game currently features thirty Operators, each hailing from the SAS, FBI SWAT, GIGN Spetsnaz, GSG9, JTF, Navy SEALs, BOPE, SAT and GEO CTUs. They’re all able to be customized to various degrees. Attackers and Defenders each feature fifteen unique Operators, with only one of each Operator able to be active per round. The Recruit is an exception to this rule as he is available to both sides and each team can have more than one. Six more Operators are to be released by the end of 2017 as a part of Year Two. These Operators will be from Hong Kong’s Specials Duties Unit, Poland’s Military Unit GROM, and South Korea’s 707th Special Missions Battalion. Developers have also stated that they want to have somewhere between 50-100 Operators by the of the games life cycle.
The game features sixty-two weapon, twelve weapon attachments twenty-two unique gadgets available for use.
“We made a commitment to treating our games as a service and investing in it for the long term. Our vision was not a game that you’d play through and ‘beat’, but something you’d regularly come back to. In order to do that, we’ll be actively supporting Rainbow Six Siege with gameplay balancing and tweaks (plus detailed patch notes) events and competitions and four major content relseases with paywall on gameplay content. -Ubisoft”.