During today’s E3 2019 press conference, Ubisoft unveiled Rainbow Six Quarantine, a new three-player co-op shooter launching next year. Details about the new title are sparse, but a short teaser clip gives us a pretty good idea of what to expect.
Rainbow Six Quarantine
Described as a tactical co-op first person shooter, Quarantine seems to be a standalone version of Rainbow Six Siege’s Outbreak event. The teaser is shown from the perspective of a seemingly infected operator, who has some sort of disease covering their left arm. Near the end of the clip, we see two familiar faces come to the aid of the fallen operator.
Avid Rainbow Six Siege fans swiftly identified the two rescuers as Ela and Vigil, two of Siege’s defending operators. When asked why this decision was made, Lead Game Designer Bio Jade said:
“Because they’re awesome. An operator is not just a weapon, gadget or ability, they’re a whole personality.”
This won’t be the first time we see Rainbow Six Siege operators in a PvE environment. During last year’s Operation Chimera, the Rainbow Six Siege developers released a limited time PvE mode called Outbreak. In this mode, teams of three-players could choose from a small list of operators and complete a variety of missions. The event featured a lot of content, including themed cosmetics obtained from limited time premium Outbreak packs.
If I had to guess, I would say that Rainbow Six Quarantine builds upon the Outbreak experience. When developing Outbreak, Ubisoft had to take care not to negatively impact the competitive side of the game. However, this didn’t go according to plan, as Lion turned out to be quite disastrous in terms of game balance.
Rainbow Six Quarantine will launch on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC in 2020. Ubisoft will share more information about the game at a later date. You can sign up here to get a chance to play the game early.