E3 2014: Rainbow Six Returns with Rainbow Six Siege, and it's Really Fun

Patriotic.

Rainbow Six: Patriots is never to see the light of day. In its place we have the multiplayer-focused Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege, which made its surprise debut at Ubisoft's press conference at E3 2014. The even greater surprise came later that evening, when Ubisoft invited me and other members of the games press to play the game for ourselves. The three-round competitive match I played was not as smoothly paced as the highly choreographed battle on display at the press conference, but it was tense and thoughtful, a careful and slow-burn staredown in a world of high-octane shooters.

Watching Ubisoft demonstrate a multiplayer game is always a bit surreal. Players communicate in calm, strategic sound bites, and gunners prowl the corridors in ways that lend themselves to perfect displays of action. Most actual online matches I've ever experienced were far messier, and that difference played out during my time with Rainbow Six Siege. But truth be told, I'd take the barely-controlled chaos of the real match I played than the carefully directed one I watched during the conference any day.

As it happens, typical matches are probably even more enjoyable than the slick demonstration let on. I spent my first round as a defender on the Rogue Spear team. Each round starts with a phase during which teams prepare. As a defender, this means choosing a room in which to hunker down--a bedroom, or a workshop perhaps--and then reinforcing windows and walls with barricades that force assaulters to breach them in order to gain access. There were three classes to choose from; the one I chose granted me use of a proximity explosive as well as the ability to place clumps of barbed wire to obstruct enemies.

My four teammates and I thus set about erecting barricades, which was as easy as approaching a wall or window and holding the A button. It makes sense to obstruct a window--but why would you need to reinforce a wall? Well, walls do not provide full protection as you may be used to. Instead, your bullets will penetrate walls and create holes that open a line of sight to your targets. Meanwhile, the assaulting team searches the house using ground drones, looking for the hostage's location as well as spying on your setup and relaying locations back to teammates. Once the countdown is complete, the match begins in earnest.

Defending was stressful. I could hear the explosions when the Raven Squad team performed a successful breach, but I couldn't tell where they were coming from. Luckily, you can take command of the cameras strewn about the house with the press of a button, and I was able to determine that the attacking team had breached a window on the ground floor and were swarming to the second floor bedroom where we were protecting the hostage. My team spread out to cover the oncoming shooters, and I tossed out a remote explosive hoping to catch an opponent unawares. Sadly, I'd forgotten that friendly fire is always on. My explosive was successful in taking out a Raven Squad gunner--but it took a teammate out in the process.

Now, four-versus-four, the battle was about filling the wall with bullets and firing at the enemies that dared pass behind the holes we created. I was the next to fall, riddled with lead as I rushed into the nearby kid's room to flank an assaulting duo. We lost the match as defenders our final two comrades falling victim to yet another explosive. Oops.

When the roles were reversed, we identified the hostage using our drones, and decided to breach through the garage, taking care not to fall victim to any gunners peeking out from the windows above. We moved carefully as a unit, breaching the garage door and then tossing flashbangs to distract the enemy as we circled around to the kitchen. Raven Squad had already prepared by tearing holes in a wall to open up a line of sight, but I used the same holes against them, taking down two foes in a row and allowing my teammates to rush in and collect the hostage. It was a quick round, but a satisfying one.

The tiebreaking round had Rogue Spear once again on the defensive. This time, we holed up in the kid's bedroom, and I vowed to stay alive a lot longer this time. My barbed-wire obstacles slowed the enemy down just enough to allow us time to retreat when Raven Squad descended upon us from the rooftop windows, but one by one, players began to fall until my squad was made up only of me and a teammate. I took a bullet as I attempted to land a shot through a wall opening, and fell to the ground, bleeding out. At the same time, the hostage also took damage, requiring revival. My remaining teammate valiantly resuscitated both me and the hostage, just before succumbing to an enemy's bullet. I was now the last remaining Raven squaddie, but I didn't even have time to rise before I was shot down and the match ended.

Rogue Spear may have lost the match, but I was still left with a strong desire to play more Rainbow Six Siege. Sadly, Ubisoft escorted me out the door, leaving me with no choice but to wait for another games event before I could once again prove my worth to a competent fireteam. I don't yet know exactly when Siege will become available to the public, but I consider the wait to be like the game's preparation phase, allowing us to ready ourselves for the life-or-death conflict to come.

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moldyspud
moldyspud

If this doesn't have a co op campaign with terrorist hunts I am officially done with Ubisoft. Lol what else can they ruin...

linux19977
linux19977

''Multiplayer focused''.And I thought for a sec this is going to be a great game...Ubisoft is still trying to get all of those COD kids.

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

This is was the game of e3 for me, i mean there are many great games but we knew whether they were good or bad. But this surprised me the most, tactical fps is my favorite brand of FPS, but it lost it's way ever since last generation came. Really glad its back, reminds me some great memories I had with Rainbow Six Raven Shield

Stogin
Stogin

Man does this mean there won't be a Terrorist Hunt mode? That's kind of a bummer...I also enjoyed the stories from the Vegas games, wish they'd have some campaign

peanut-butter
peanut-butter

I'm so glad this is taking Patriots spot. Has anyone watched the old Patriots trailer recently? It's terrible.  "Hey we are terrorists, but the government are real terrorists maaaan."  The counter terrorists even toss a guy off a bridge as a solid solution to defusing a bomb.  It would've been a train wreck. 

trackles
trackles

So no campaign at all then?


Xcalibur_basic
Xcalibur_basic

Friendly fire is always on for realism shooters, but the grenade is forgivable. It should be the default for the battlefield series. I look forward this new Rainbow Six going back to its roots. Less arcade feel, more think before you run approach.

mr_nee
mr_nee

I'd like a try role-playing in a shooter Ubi demo style someday

quinnd6
quinnd6

It's a shame Rainbow Six Patriots got cancelled.

It looked like it would've been a lot better than this.

I'm not into multiplayer only shooters.

I want shooters with decent campaigns not this.

WolfyBrandon
WolfyBrandon

I'm a huge Rainbow Six fan (I own them all). The one major gripe I have with the video is that the operatives sound amateur. Rainbow is suppose to be "Best of the Best", Elite, and the ones to call when no one else can get the job done. Something about the voice acting sounds off, either the voices or the words used that doesn't make them sound like veterans. It kind of ruins the immersion a bit for me... The game looks pretty good though, I want to see more.

Romayo83
Romayo83

I miss R6 titles. I guess the last big one was Vegas2 which was awesome. Lets hope this delivers just like they did.

Jestersmiles
Jestersmiles

will it look any bit as good as it look in the trailer?......no

camichan
camichan

super sweet. Always loved RS. It always brought something special and unique to the table, and they've always had the best soundbites. I still laugh out loud at some of the ol' faves: "Would it help if I ran into the bullets?!" -- the voiceovers in this demo were very impressive. 

colbster
colbster

Sounds small and repetitive. Hopefully the maps vary a lot and it's not just hostages all the time.

jnw93
jnw93

I think Ima go play R6V2 now

Cillerboy
Cillerboy

Seems fairly limited in scope but I might buy it if it's cheap.

emperiox
emperiox

I didn't buy Titanfail, and I won't buy this piece of garbage. Rainbow Six? Yeah right...more like Rainbow Suk!

Chatch09
Chatch09

Should've just called it Tom Clancy's Counter Strike Source 3 lol

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

Does this game actually have modes where you respawn, or does it only have the mode where you risk dying right away and watching the entire match?

If I have to risk spending just as much time watching the game as playing it, then I'm passing on it, big time!!

JediMasterJ42
JediMasterJ42

This looks fricken amazing. I hope that there is a filter option to allow you to find games with others who are using head-sets. Definitely seems like a game where you need to be able to communicate with everyone on your team. 

Thuaxiz
Thuaxiz

But Kevin, this game is misogynistic!

RapidFirE53211
RapidFirE53211

Sounds ok, but Patriots seemed like it would have been cool....

Oozyrat
Oozyrat

Hey Kevin, nice article! I have a few questions:


Can you equip silencers on the fly like in the other games?

Has it been confirmed if there is or isn't a singleplayer?

Can you equip different guns to different classes? (I always loved having a sniper and LMG in the Vegas games)

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

Rogue Spear was the last true Rainbow Six entry.

This looks like another super cool guy half-assed console counter strike clone.

BigCat2K20
BigCat2K20

@quinnd6 It seems that Rainbow Six Siege is going to have single player mode (wikipedia). As for Rainbow 6 Siege, it looks more like single player than online multiplayer mode & I hope the game turns out good when it comes out. I've never play online multiplayer side of Rainbow 6 games before.

oflow
oflow

@WolfyBrandon it was supposed to be the gamers talking not the characters in game

linux19977
linux19977

@Romayo83 Seriously?Vegas 2 was awesome?That was cod with a different name.Just...Just...Just don't say anything ever again.Go play some cod.

blurwake
blurwake

@emperiox I am guessing the extent of your FPS knowledge must be call of duty.

Pyro77
Pyro77

@spacecadet25 I prefer shooters with no respawns and I especially dislike  the "hide somewhere for 10 seconds until your health comes back" nonsense.  No health regeneration and having tangible consequences for dying forces one to play smart and carefully which is what tactical shooter is all about.

Please understand I'm not knocking your preference.  Its just that there is a whole library of shooters out there that have what you're looking for.  Please et me have my one true tactical shooter.  =P



jonmar
jonmar

@spacecadet25 well if you play smart and use team work instead of lone wolfing and spray-n-praying it maybe you won't die as much and then you get to play more and watch less. That being said I'm sure the host will get to decide if there are respawns and how many.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@JediMasterJ42  Or play against bots online and offline.  Sometimes I just don't feel like talking with strangers.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@Thuaxiz  Women as hostages?  Pass!!  I need white males as hostages and bad guys, and women and minorities as the good guys.  Whew, now I feel so much more comfortable with the world. :)

arsnakeheart
arsnakeheart

@Richardthe3rd It's Counter-Strike done right!

And... what about Raven Shield? That was the best R6 game of all, I think.

moldyspud
moldyspud

What are you talking about?? Vegas 2 had a sweet co op campaign... and co op terrorist hunt was amazing. You clearly have no idea what you're talking about.

plm3d_basic
plm3d_basic

@spacecadet25 

I still play the original R6Vegas from time to time on terrorist hunt.  The dialogue is hilarious and throwing an incendiary grenade into a crowd and hearing them scream like girls never gets old.  Single player campaign is not too bad either.