New Rainbow Six targets next spring

Next chapter in Ubisoft's Tom Clancy antiterrorism FPS to feature darker storyline, optimized graphics for PS2, new gear, and more.


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Ubisoft and Tom Clancy continued their proliferation today when the company announced the fourth installment of Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six will be available for the PC, Xbox, and PlayStation 2 next spring. The title is being developed simultaneously by Red Storm Entertainment and Ubisoft Montreal.

The yet-to-be-titled antiterrorism game sees the Rainbow squad in unfamiliar (as far as the story goes) territory, as they must rescue subjects they never thought they'd have to--themselves. Personally targeted by a terrorist organization, gamers will now have the option of adopting two personas: team leader Ding Chavez or Dieter Weber, Team Rainbow's ace sniper.

The game will build largely on Rainbow Six 3 and Rainbow Six 3: Black Arrow's formulae by adding enhanced sound and graphics--including an all-new engine for the PS2 version. Added features include: new operatives to command; new online modes, including the PS2-only rivalry mode; the Xbox-only career mode; and new equipment, such as motion trackers and battering rams.

Tom Clancy and Ubisoft have enjoyed a symbiotic relationship since they hooked up earlier this decade, releasing a myriad of successful titles under the Tom Clancy brand on several platforms and in various genres. Tom Clancy's squad-based shooter Ghost Recon 2 for the PS2 was released today, one week after its Xbox cousin. Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, the latest in the eagerly awaited stealth action series, is expected to ship for multiple platforms in March.

For a closer look at Rainbow Six 4 (working title) check out GameSpot's brand-new impressions of the game.

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