A statement from Ubisoft to PCGamesN confirms that Parasite is merely a placeholder, though a name change is coming.
“While we recently shared that we will be changing the name of Rainbow Six Quarantine, ‘Parasite’ is only a placeholder that our internal teams use. Recently, we ran an internal test for the game and some of its details became public. We can confirm this is a glimpse of the upcoming game, and we will share more details, including the official name, soon.”
After facing a delay due to the COVID global pandemic, it seems Rainbow Six Quarantine is getting a name change for the same reason. Ubisoft’s upcoming three-player co-op first-person shooter will apparently be titled Parasite, according to a new report.
First announced in 2019, Rainbow Six Quarantine was scheduled for a 2020 release date. Due to the pandemic, however, Ubisoft postponed the launch to 2021. Now, it seems that COVID-19 has caused the developer to rename the game to Rainbow Six Parasite.
According to MP1ST, splash art and images for the upcoming title were found on the PlayStation Network. The files supposedly depict visuals for the PlayStation 4 version of the game and give us our first look at the updated title.
Stemming from the limited-time Outbreak event released in Rainbow Six Siege’s operation Chimera, the new PvE game expands upon the story. Operators from Siege will battle a “mysterious threat infecting human hosts and their surroundings”, just like the original event. Although we haven’t seen gameplay footage of Rainbow Six Parasite, we can expect it to share a lot of characteristics with Outbreak.
As there has been no official news on Rainbow Six Parasite for a while now, fans of Outbreak have been asking for the event to be brought back. Ubisoft currently has “no plans of bringing the Outbreak game mode back” but they “plan to remain open-minded” for the future. Considering than an entire game based on the event is now in development, it’s unlikely that the game mode will ever return to Rainbow Six Siege.
As for Rainbow Six Parasite, the news about the name change does not come from official sources so it’s possible that the new name is changed before Ubisoft’s announcement. The co-op shooter is supposed to release later this year, so if all goes according to plan and there are no further delays, we should expect to hear more about the game very soon.