Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege is a multiplayer-focused modern-military tactical first-person shooter developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on December 1, 2015.
A soft reboot of the Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six franchise, Siege follows the rebuilding of RAINBOW in 2015 (three years after its disbandment) after the rise of an international terrorist group known as the White Masks. While the game has a small single-player campaign (Situations) and a co-operative PvE mode (Terrorist Hunt), the main focus is its 5v5 competitive multiplayer (with three asymmetrical objective-based game modes).
Powered by Ubisoft's Anvil Next game engine, the game features a heavy emphasis on tactical use of the game's environment (with breakable walls, bullet penetration, and the use of traps and fortifications). Instead of heavily-customizable player loadouts, Rainbow Six Siege takes its cue from MOBAs and features numerous unique selectable characters known as Operators, with each Operator having a unique gadget (such as Castle's bulletproof barricades and Twitch's shock drone).
Situations is the game's optional tutorial section, where players can get accustomed to the various classes and maps that they will eventually be using in multiplayer. These 10 single player missions (with introductions narrated by actress Angela Bassett) each deliver a different operator and objective, with other secondary objectives that earn additional Renown.
Once the player successfully completes the 10 Situations, they unlock Article 5, an 11th mission that drops the player into an online co-op match with 4 other players, tasking them with defusing two bombs on a college campus.
The game contains a player vs environment (PvE) Terrorist Hunt game mode where teams of five players cooperatively attempt to defeat maps filled with terrorist AI enemies. The goals in this mode change each round, and include disarming bombs, extracting hostages, killing all of the terrorists, or protecting an asset (defensive mode). There are different types of enemies including suicide-bombers, scouts, and general enemies. Scanning an enemy with a camera or drone will reveal the 'class' of that unit.
- Engineer: focuses solely on setting barricades and traps and other devices.
- Roamer: relies on setting up group attacks, and attempt to flank players at opportune times.
- Bomber: walks/charges towards players at all costs and self-detonate, they are heavily armored and strapped with explosives.
The game mode randomizes enemy positions, classes, and objectives, and promises "you will never have the same experience twice."
Terrorist Hunt can be played online in teams of 5, or players can select to go in as a "Lone Wolf." It contains three difficulty levels; Normal, Hard, and Realistic.
Multiplayer pits 5 vs 5 in close quarter combat, with one team defending an objective (either a hostage, a biohazard container, or two bombs), while a counter terrorist Rainbow team attacks. The defending team must fortify their surroundings, reinforcing walls, creating traps, defensive systems and strategies to stop the attacking team. The attacking team must breach the fortified location and complete their objective using coordinated assaults and close quarters combat.
Siege has a dedicated playlist for new maps when they're released. This playlist is also used for limited time events. As of April 1, 2019, two limited time events have been run in Siege.
Launching with Year 3 Season 1, Outbreak was a coop mode that saw teams of three fighting infected monsters across three maps featuring extensive outdoor areas. Similar to Left 4 Dead, the mode included special types of infected.
- Grunts: The most basic type of infected
- Breacher: An explosive enemy that can destroy reinforced walls when detonating
- Rooter: A fast-moving enemy that can use spikes to trap players
- Smasher: A gigantic brute that charges through and smashes everything in its way
- Apex: A long-range projectile enemy that can summon more infected into the fight
Rainbow is Magic
An April Fools' 2019 event running from April 1 to April 8, Rainbow is Magic introduced pink and rainbow-colored cosmetic items for Tachanka, Smoke, Blackbeard, and Montagne. It also featured a redecorated toy-sized version of the Plane map with the hostage wearing a teddy bear suit and a motherly narrator commentating the match.
Launched in late June 2019, Showdown featured a 3v3 mode set in a new, small map with an old West theme. The event came with exclusive themed cosmetic items for several operators and their weapons.
Each Operator has their own unique weapons and abilities. Originally, the initial cost of an Operator was 500 Renown (the in-game currency earned after a match), but as more operators were unlocked from a CTU (Counter-Terrorism Unit), they increased in cost by intervals of 500. Players also had to use Renown to unlock weapon attachments. At the launch of Year 3 Season 1, Ubisoft removed the Renown requirements for all 20 launch Operators as well as for all weapon attachments, making them available to everyone. In Year 4 Season 1 the Renown requirement for the launch Operators was reintroduced, with older DLC Operators being permanently discounted following a set scale.
At the start of each round, each player selects an Operator, and no one may pick the same Operator as another player. If a player has no open Operator available to them, there is a generic "Recruit" available. The Recruit has no special abilities, but can use an offensive gadget and a defensive gadget in the same loadout. Recruits also have a much wider selection of weapons to choose from depending on the CTU they select.
- Blitz (GSG 9, Medium, Shield) - Can trigger the Flash Shield on his G52-Tactical Shield to temporarily blind enemies in front of him (similar to a flashbang).
- Fuze (Spetsnaz, Heavy, AR/LMG/Shield) - Can apply a APM-6 "Matryoshka" Cluster Charge on surfaces that pierce through them and release five small grenades on the other side.
- Glaz (Spetsnaz, Medium, MR) - Can toggle the HDS Flip Sight on his rifle that gives him extra magnification and thermal sight (allowing him to see through smoke).
- IQ (GSG 9, Light, AR/LMG) - Can use her RED MK III "Spectre" Electronics Detector to detect all nearby electronic devices (even through walls). Can only use her handgun while the device is in effect.
- Montagne (GIGN, Heavy, Shield) - Can extend his "Le Roc" Extendable Shield to grant him extra protection (at the cost of less maneuverability).
- Sledge (SAS, Medium, AR/SG) - Can use his "The Caber" Tactical Breaching Hammer to breach both up-close and quickly.
- Thatcher (SAS, Medium, AR/SG) - Can use his EG MKO-EMP Grenade to disable multiple electronics from a distance.
- Thermite (FBI SWAT, Medium, AR/SG) - Can use his Brimstone BC-3 Exothermic Charge to breach reinforced walls.
- Twitch (GIGN, Medium, MR/AR/SG) - Can deploy her RSD Model 1 Shock Drone that fires electronic shock darts capable of neutralizing enemy electronics and injuring enemies.
- Buck (JTF2, Medium, MR/AR) - Can use an under-barrel mounted SK 4-12 "Skeleton Key" semi-automatic shotgun designed for quick breaches. Added on February 2, 2016.
- Blackbeard (SEALs, Medium, MR/AR) - Can toggle his TARS Mk 0-Transparent Armored Rifle-Shield to shield himself from a few shots to the head while aiming. Added on May 10, 2016.
- Capitão (BOPE, Light, AR/LMG) - Can use his TAC Mk0 Tactical Crossbow to fire either asphyxiating bolts (creating a fire cloud that damages enemies inside) or micro-smoke grenades. Added on August 2, 2016.
- Hibana (SAT, Light, AR/SG) - Can use her X-KAIROS 40mm grenade launcher to fire remotely-detonated breaching pellets. Added on November 17, 2016.
- Jackal (GEO, Medium, AR/SMG/SG) - Can toggle his Eyenox Model III visor to reveal the footprints of enemies and scan them for their current location. Added on February 7, 2017.
- Ying (SDU, Medium, LMG/SG) - Can throw her Candela device to release a cluster of flashbang charges. Similar to Fuze's Cluster Charge, she can also deploy it at a breakable wall to release the charges on the other side. Added on September 5, 2017.
- Zofia (GROM, Medium, AR/LMG) - Can use her KS79 LIFELINE double-barrel grenade launcher to fire both Impact Grenades and Concussion Grenades. When she is downed, she can choose to Withstand once per round (reviving herself automatically at 1 HP). Added on December 5, 2017.
- Dokkaebi (707th SMB, Medium, MR/SG) - Can use her "Logic Bomb" Ballistic Armor Military Laptop to hack enemy phones (causing them to ring uncontrollably and give away their position, requiring them to spend time to shut it off). She can also hijack a dead enemy's phone to hack into the Defenders' camera feeds. Added on December 5, 2017.
- Finka (CBRN, Medium, AR/LMG/SG) - Can use her Adrenal Surge to send a signal to nanobots planted within her comrades that grants them a temporary health boost. This ability can also revive downed allies. Added on March 6, 2018.
- Lion (CBRN, Medium, MR/AR/SG) - Can use his EE-ONE-D aerial drone to scan the map for enemies who moved from their prior location (pinging that location to all allies). Added on March 6, 2018.
- Maverick (GSUTR, Light, AR) - Can use his Exothermic-S "Suri" Breaching Torch to silently cut holes on any breachable surface. Added on September 4, 2018.
- Nomad (GIGR, Medium, AR) - Can use the Airjab Launcher attached to her rifle to deploy non-lethal proximity sticky mines that knock down enemies. Added on December 4, 2018.
- Gridlock (SASR, Heavy, AR/LMG) - Can throw canisters that release clusters of spikes (or "Trax Stingers"), damaging and slowing enemies who traverse them. Added on March 6, 2019.
- Nøkk (Jaeger Corps, Medium, SMG/SG) - Can use her HEL Presence Reduction device to dampen her sound and erasing her image from camera feeds (with limitations). Added on June 11, 2019.
- Bandit (GSG 9, Light, SMG/SG) - Can attach his CED-1 (Crude Electrical Device, or "Shock Wire") to metallic gadgets (such as reinforced walls and barbed wire), dealing damage to enemies who interact with those gadgets and destroying other gadgets that come in contact with them.
- Castle (FBI SWAT, Medium, SMG/SG) - Can deploy his UTP1 (Universal Tactical Panel) Armor Panel that replaces normal barricades and are completely bulletproof.
- Doc (GIGN, Heavy, SMG/SG) - Can use his MPD-0 Stim Pistol to heal allies (including himself). Can revive downed allies (also including himself).
- Jäger (GSG 9, Light, AR/SG) - Can deploy his ADS-MKIV "Magpie" Active Defense System that automatically intercepts disarms enemy grenades.
- Kapkan (Spetsnaz, Medium, SMG/SG) - Can deploy his EDD (Entry Denial Device) Mk II Trip Wire explosive device on any window or doorway, detonating when an enemy passes through the beam.
- Mute (SAS, Medium, SMG/SG) - Can deploy a GC90 "Moni" Signal Disruptor that jam the communications for enemy devices.
- Pulse (FBI SWAT, Light, SMG/SG) - Can use his HB-5 Cardiac Sensor (Heartbeat Sensor) to detect enemy heartbeats within a short distance, even through surfaces.
- Rook (GIGN, Heavy, SMG/SG) - Can deploy his R1N "Rhino" Armor Pack that grants additional armor for his teammates.
- Smoke (SAS, Medium, SMG/SG) - Can deploy his remote-detonated Compund Z8 Grenade (Remote Gas Grenade) that releases a toxic cloud that damages all Operators and Hostages inside.
- Tachanka (Spetsnaz, Heavy, SMG/SG) - Can deploy his RP-46 Degtyaryov Machine Gun (Mounted LMG) that can be used by any Operator. While severely limiting the mobility of the gunner, it has a frontal shield that gives additional protection.
- Frost (JTF2) - Places a "Welcome Mat" on the floor that will incapacitate (but not kill) enemies who step on it, and prevent them from crawling to safety. Added on February 2, 2016.
- Valkyrie (SEALs) - Throws multiple "Black Eye" sticky cameras onto most surfaces that can be accessed by anyone on her team, allowing them to view areas that standard cameras or gadgets in the level cannot cover. Added on May 10, 2016.
- Caveira (BOPE) - Her "Silent Step" allows her to noiselessly sneak up on enemies and incapacitate them with a melee attack. She can also interrogate downed (not dead) enemies to learn the location of their teammates. She also wields a unique silenced handgun called the "Luison" that will knock down an active enemy and allow her to interrogate them. Added on August 2, 2016.
- Echo (SAT) - Deploys a "YOKAI" drone can act both as an extra camera drone and send out a short-range sonic pulse that will distort the vision and accuracy of enemy attackers for several seconds. Added on November 17, 2016.
- Mira (GEO) - Places a one-way bulletproof mirror shield on reinforced walls to hide teammates, with an option to pop out the shield and create a "murder hole." Added on February 7, 2017.
- Lesion (SDU) - "Gu mines", cloaked toxic mines injecting a compound which injures opponents and limits their speed. Added on September 5, 2017.
- Ela (GROM) - "Grzmot mines", concussion proximity mines that can be anchored on surfaces, impairing hearing and causing a dizzying effect when triggered. Added on September 5, 2017.
- Vigil (707th SMB) - Can use a special cloak, the ERC-7, to erase his presence from all camera and drone feeds. Will not fool human eyes. Added on December 5, 2017.
- Alibi (GIS) - The Prisma projects a holographic image of Alibi in a standing, idle position. Any Attacker who attacks the hologram will have their position temporarily revealed. Can also be used by the actual Alibi to hide herself. Added on June 7, 2018.
- Maestro (GIS) - Can deploy the "Evil Eye," a unique camera drone that is bulletproof and can see through smoke. The Evil Eye also has a laser turret that can destroy enemy gadgets or slowly damage enemies. However, the Evil Eye is vulnerable to standard attacks when using the turret function. Added on June 7, 2018.
- Clash (GSUTR) - Makes use of a nigh-impenetrable riot shield that blocks all damage from the front, and has a built-in taser that can slow down and slightly damage enemies. Cannot attack while the shield is active. Added on September 4, 2018.
- Kaid (GIGR) - Carries throwable "Electroclaw" devices that electrify metal surfaces and deployable shields, and can electrify multiple objects within a small radius of the claw. Added on December 4, 2018.
- Mozzie (SASR) - The Pest Launcher attaches to enemy drones and can be used to control them. If the launcher misses, Mozzie can pick up the missed Pest and try again. Added on March 6, 2019.
- Warden (Secret Service) - High-tech glasses allow him to cancel out the effects of flashbangs and smoke when activated. Added on June 11, 2019.
Downloadable Content (DLC)
All players will get additional maps as soon as they are released, and new Operators will be unlockable via Renown, though at a much higher cost than the standard Operators. Season Pass owners will get early access to the new operators and will not have to spend extra money or Renown to unlock them.
The first year contained four "seasons" of content. Each season included two new Operators, new weapons, and a new map. Additional modes and weapon skins were also included.
|Feb 2, 2016||Black Ice||JTF2 [CAN]|
- Buck (Attacker)
- Frost (Defender)
|May 11, 2016||Dust Line||SEALs [USA]|
- Blackbeard (Attacker)
- Valkyrie (Defender)
|Aug 7, 2016||Skull Rain||BOPE [BRA]|
- Capitao (Attacker)
- Caveira (Defender)
|Nov 17, 2016||Red Crow||SAT [JPN]|
- Hibana (Attacker)
- Echo (Defender)
Year Two was also planned to contain four seasons of new content, similar to Year One. However, Ubisoft decided to do a "maintenance season" in Season 2, in which instead of releasing a new map and set of operators, they would do a campaign to improve regular problems, like: server issues, glitch removal, faster matchmaking and overall gameplay improvements. Even though the season's map release was cancelled, the scheduled Operators were still released in staggered updates.
|Feb 7, 2017||Velvet Shell||GEO [ESP]|
- Jackal (Attacker)
- Mira (Defender)
|June 7, 2017||Operation Health||N/A|
|Aug 29, 2017||Blood Orchid|
- Ying (Attacker)
- Lesion (Defender)
- Ela (Defender)
|Nov 27, 2017||White Noise|
707th SMB [KOR]
- Zofia (Attacker)
- Dokkaebi (Attacker)
- Vigil (Defender)
In addition to new, HAZMAT-themed Operators, the first season of Year Three included a special time-limited, co-op PvE event called "Outbreak," during Operation Chimera. Selected Operators must fight a hoard of zombies in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, to destroy them before their virus spreads any further.
Season Three of this year saw the Defender side getting its first shield hero in Clash, and a complete rework of the Hereford map in lieu of a new one.
|Mar 6, 2018||Chimera|
- Lion (Attacker)
- Finka (Attacker)
|June 7, 2018||Para Bellum||GIS [ITA]|
- Alibi (Defender)
- Maestro (Defender)
|September 4, 2018||Grim Sky||GSUTR|
(Delta Force, MPS)
- Maverick (Attacker)
- Clash (Defender)
|December 4, 2018||Wind Bastion||GIGR [MOR]|
- Nomad (Attacker)
- Kaid (Defender)
In Year Four, only one new map was added (Outback), and the Road Map calls for the other seasons to rework existing maps instead.
In addition, extra background story was added in a new short film: The Hammer and the Scalpel. Harishva “Harry” Pandey, the psychological and cultural expert of the team, took over the duties of "Six" from Aurelia Arnot who left for a position within the US State Department. Ubisoft promised that similar stories would be added to expand the lore of the Rainbow Six Universe.
Year Four also sees the introduction of a Pick & Ban system to Ranked play, deployment options for attackers in Casual, a redesigned Operators screen in the main menu, and a new Ranked hub that will show players their stats and their MMR from the current and previous season.
|March 6, 2019||Burnt Horizon||SASR [AUS]|
- Gridlock (Attacker)
- Mozzie (Defender)
| ||Phantom Sight|
Secret Service [USA]
- Nøkk (Attacker)
- Warden (Defender)
| || ||??? [PER/MEX]|| ||Kanal (Rework)|
| || ||??? [KEN/IND]|| ||Theme Park (Rework)|