Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak: release date, operators, maps, gameplay, zombies – everything we know

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Rainbow Six Siege might be one of the best multiplayer shooters of the past few years, but its PvE experience has been lacking, especially when compared to previous Rainbow Six games. Ubisoft hope to change this with Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak, a co-op event that will launch alongside Operation Chimera and run for four weeks.

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Official information on Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak has been scarce, but thanks to an ARG and a recent series of Ubisoft blog posts we now know what threat Team Rainbow will face and where. To keep you up to date, here is everything we know about Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak.

Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak release date

rainbow six siege outbreak release date

While the Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak release date was slated to be the same as the Chimera release date, Ubisoft have now confirmed the exact dates for the event – Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak will release on March 6 and run until April 3. However, Ubisoft have also said that Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak will release on the TTS on February 20, which means it really is not long before PC players will be able to sample some Outbreak gameplay for themselves.

If that is still too long to wait then not to worry as there will be a full reveal for Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak at the Six Invitational on February 18.

Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak operators

Rainbow six siege outbreak operators

Thankfully, we do not need to guess what the Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak operators will be like as Ubisoft have revealed what their names, what they look like, what CTU they are from, and their special gadgets. Here is a quote from the official blog post:

“One operator hails from France and uses a drone to maintain quarantine perimeters. Their service record is astounding, but their list of regrets seems endless.

“The other operator moved to Russia to pursue their studies and they uncovered a range of applications for self-dissolving nanobots. All allies can benefit from the research carried out by this CBRN Specialist.”

As exciting as these gadgets sound, it is impossible to determine exactly what they do. The defender’s drones sounds like it will be capable of blocking off areas while being operated remotely, which sounds especially useful against a horde of infected enemies, not to mention in Siege’s multiplayer. As for the self-dissolving nanobots, it is possible that this is either another form of hard breacher like Hibana and Thermite. We still do not have a healer on attack, and nanobots have been linked to possible future medical procedures, so perhaps the Russian Outbreak operator will fulfill a support role similar to that of Doc.

Looking at the image, we can see a French flag on the right shoulder of the male operator at the foreground of the image. He looks to be wearing thick armour and wielding a Vector SMG with a drum magazine – we all know how deadly Mira’s Vector is. The figure in the background is therefore the female attacker with the nanobot gadget. It is harder to make out her loadout and armour rating, but she has a relatively slim profile, suggesting at least a medium speed rating for her. There is also some speculation that the rifle she is holding is the Saritch 308, a prototype battle rifle made in Russia.

Together, the two Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak operators will form the CBRN CTU, a new and entirely fictional special forces branch setup by Team Rainbow. In addition to this, a recent article posted on Ubisoft’s official site provides us with names for each operator – Lion and Finka, who represent France and Russia respectively.

There will only be a select few playable Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak operators and Ubisoft have given us the full list: Lion and Finka will be joined by Smoke, Ying, Buck, Kapkan, Ash, Doc, Tachanka, Glaz, and Recruit.

Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak trailer

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After all the codes secreted away in levels and teaser images, Ubisoft have finally released a Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak trailer. Sadly, there is no gameplay to be found, but we do get an atmospheric glimpse at the origins of the infection: a Soviet space capsule that has crash landed in New Mexico releasing its lethal cargo upon the town of Truth or Consequences.

Another Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak trailer shows a team of SWAT members being torn apart by the infected enemies, before offering us a glimpse at Ash, who can be heard calling in some help from Team Rainbow. There is no new information in the trailer – although it is wonderfully atmospheric – but it does offer us a look at Ash’s Elite skin.

Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak maps

Rainbow six siege outbreak map

A recent blog post from Ubisoft has revealed that there will be three Rainbow Six Siege Outbreaks maps to play through when the event launches. These maps will only be playable during the coop event, but are promised to be larger and more open than PvP maps, with huge sections set entirely outdoors. The blog post also says that the maps will be much more linear and feature a clear sense of progression that suits the coop gameplay. On top of this, Ubisoft promise that the same Rainbow Six Siege gameplay will be viable in Outbreak, saying multiple paths and destruction are still very much present in this event.

But where will these three Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak maps be set within Truth or Consequences? If we look back to the ARG for Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak one image (pictured above) from the second unlocked ARG file springs to mind. The image highlights two locations from a bird’s-eye view of the city: Resort and Hospital. Above the image are some hastily scrawled instructions: investigate black spots. While by no means official, the image could be teasing the locations of two of the three Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak maps.

Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak gameplay

rainbow six siege outbreak lion finka

We have not played it, but thankfully Ubi have provided an overview of the Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak gameplay we should be expecting from the coop event, not to mention its difficulty levels. Here is what they say: “Players must react quickly to fortify their positions and control their environments while under pressure. Play smartly and tactically to find new ways of using your arsenal, against a foe that does not take cover and engages instantly in close combat.

“There are two difficulty levels in Outbreak. The first one, Normal, will give a challenge to our players, but one they can overcome with coordination and team spirit. Where the real fun starts though, is with the second difficulty level: Pandemic. In this mode, friendly fire is on so watch where you are shooting! Additionally, enemies can take you down with only a few hits. Smart tactical play and team play are the only way to prevail. In this punishing difficulty mode, only a select few will succeed… Will you be brave enough to dare it?”

Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak zombies

Rainbow six siege outbreak zombies

While it seems fairly obvious given the title of Outbreak and the prevalence of zombies in games, Ubisoft have not actually confirmed what threat you will be up against during the event.

Of course, there are clues, and the first one is in the name of the season Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak is launching within, Chimera. Aside from being a fire-breathing beast from Greek mythology, a chimera is also the medical term for someone who is composed of two genetically distinct types of cells. In the real world, that means having multiple blood types and is generally no cause for concern. However, in the context of a fictional outbreak, that amorphous medical term could easily be conflated to a blood infection or genetic mutation.

The first unlocked file of the ARG provides a lot more information. The consensus from the various medical reports within is that the outbreak is the result of a parasite that takes control of its hosts, reinforcing their bones and causing excruciating pain in the process. No endgame for the pathogen is stated, but the second file from the Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak ARG tells a story of violence erupting in Truth or Consequences, with gunfire and explosions being heard from outside the quarantine zone.

Rainbow six siege outbreak zombiesw

The second file also reveals that the medical tent is inside the quarantine zone and that the wounded are mostly soldiers. More interesting still is that the soldiers do not possess any gunshot wounds, but blunt force trauma instead, which is a far cry from the bite marks we would expect to be hearing about if Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak was a romp through zombie fiction. Another image in the second file shows huge black spires all over Truth or Consequences, which could point towards an extraterrestrial component to the co-op event.

The third Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak ARG file all but confirms that we will not be facing traditional zombies when the event launches. While File 3 does not mention a potential alien aspect to the Outbreak, it is littered with references to a parasite that infects people, turning them into various forms, some of which can be seen in the image below.

rainbow six siege outbreak enemies

There appear to be at least six stages that infected Outbreak enemies go through, so expect to see each of them as you battle your way through the quarantined town of Truth or Consequences. The first form appears to be a human with jagged protrusions; this is likely the first stage. The next stage looks like a spawning pit, so perhaps the parasite takes over the body and turns it into a nest that produces more advanced forms. One of those is a quadrupedal form with a hedgehog-like array of spikes on its back. Next up is a creature that could give the Necromorph Slasher from Dead Space a run for its money, thanks to its spidery limbs and blades for arms. Less extreme but much more terrifying is a figure that is holding something out in one arm – it would be an anomaly here were it not for the spikes jutting out of its back. Finally, we have a huge, hulking figure that will almost definitely be Outbreaks answer to the Charger from Left 4 Dead 2: tough, deadly, and fast in short bursts.

Rainbow six siege outbreak parasite

You can see CCTV images of the Charger-like enemy and one of the spiked infected in the above image. As with all of the other unlocked Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak ARG files, there are a lot more details hidden away between the audio file and additional images that make up File 3. You can access File 3 by using the instructions on the Rainbow Six subreddit.

This theory has been partially confirmed by a Ubisoft blog post that goes into great depth on Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak and its enemies. Here is what it says:

“The parasite is unlike any threat the Rainbow Six team has ever faced before. From exploding monstrosities to hulking horrors, these armoured monsters will bring the fight close and push the destruction engine to new heights – they will not hesitate to tear through walls to get to you. Five archetypes of infected will challenge players in Outbreak, each with their own distinct abilities.”

No doubt Ubisoft will tease a few more of these files on the way to the Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak release date, so keep checking back for all the latest theories.

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