The stakes are often fairly excessive in Rainbow Six Siege. Shield the hostage, disarm the bomb, include a organic outbreak precipitated by an extraterrestrial pathogen. The final one’s new.
Sure, as unusual because it sounds, an alien virus actually is the most recent menace to face Siege’s international band of elite operators. As a part of the broader Chimera season, Outbreak ushers within the sport’s third 12 months with its most eccentric, character-driven content material to this point.
Watch 22 minutes of Outbreak in motion within the video beneath…
Outbreak incorporates three missions set throughout solely new places with particular person narratives. The missions are titled Sierra Veterans Wing, The Nest, and Sierra Paradise, and happen in a hospital, junkyard, and resort respectively. In contrast to the sport’s core mode, which focuses on a tense, short-lived encounter set in a single location, Outbreak’s missions are rather more flowing, chaotic, enjoying out extra like sections you’d discover in a extra conventional marketing campaign mode.
The mission I performed was set in a hospital overrun by the contaminated. The Rainbow Six staff is shipped in to extract Dr. McIntosh, whose promising analysis might maintain the important thing to neutralising the virus. Groups are assembled from three operators drawn from a restricted pool, which incorporates the 2 new Attackers Finka and Lion. I feel that is much less about limiting skills, and selecting to concentrate on particular characters this time round.
Initially, enjoying Outbreak doesn’t really feel very very like Rainbow Six. The extra instant comparability that sprang to thoughts was Left four Useless. You’re quickly mobbed by grotesquely-deformed, slobbering creatures and tear via ammo attempting to place them down. However beneath the chaos that inevitably comes with including monsters, what you’re tasking with doing – extracting and escorting a VIP, breaching and barricading rooms – is distinctly Rainbow Six.
The alien virus manifests in 5 enemy sorts. Grunts are the most typical, and look recognisably human and unthreatening till disturbed – at which level, they’ll begin to mutate, sprout angry-red spikes from their backs, howl, and cost in the direction of you. However for those who can land a headshot from a distance, you’ll have the ability to stem a number of the chaos and burn a path to your subsequent goal.
Different people have been much less lucky, mutating into rather more disgusting abominations. Breachers are insect-like creatures, carrying distended sacks of bile-yellow fluid. However regardless of their unique look, there’s a well-known equal already within the sport: they’re a bit just like the suicide bombers you discover in Terrorist Hunt. As soon as they see you, they’ll race in the direction of you, within the hope of detonating in your face. However for those who can goal at their sacks, you may safely defuse them from a distance. Though the general tempo is rather more manic, it nonetheless pays to scout an upcoming space and get rid of enemies in probably the most environment friendly manner.
However probably the most threatening, by far, is the Smasher, a hulking armoured creature that fees via the map flattening operators like skittles. It’s blind, however might be lured with the sound of gunfire. It’s solely weak spot is an uncovered wound on its again. So to take it down, you need to work as a staff – one in every of you need to draw its consideration, whereas one other flanks it from the rear. Once more, beneath the reasonably fantastical pores and skin, this can be a acquainted Rainbow Six situation – it’s taking down an enemy with a defend. It simply occurs to manifest as a reasonably massive indignant alien.
Outbreak might initially appear to be an odd addition to Siege, nevertheless it’s including one thing to the sport that’s been absent since launch. Outbreak for the primary time actually lets us know extra in regards to the sport’s operators, characters like Doc and Ash. Whereas on a mission to extract Dr. Waterproof coat, I used to be continually being up to date by Thermite, who dismissively refers back to the contaminated as ‘roaches’ in want of exterminating. On the finish of the mission, you must make it to a helipad on prime of the hospital for Jäger to extract you. We’ve at all times identified Jäger was a pilot from his helmet and headset, nevertheless it’s satisfying to lastly see it in motion. Outbreak isn’t some piece of bizarre speculative fiction, however step one in turning these operators, who’ve up to now been little greater than personified loadouts, into actual characters.
Outbreak is a limited-time occasion and can be out there as a part of the Chimera season which is scheduled to begin on March 6.