This October, Ubisoft plans on releasing the next entry in one of its biggest franchises with Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. Having an AC title release in October already makes it a month to watch, as the games, despite their recent problems, continue to be blockbusters and sell extraordinarily well.
The fall in general is known as the gaming rush, wherein publishers pump out most of their biggest games in an attempt to take advantage of the holiday season. Ubisoft is certainly doing their part by having the new Assassin’s Creed release in October, and now they’ve announced another major game is coming in October as well.
A new, albeit short, trailer for Rainbow Six Siege is now available, offering brief looks at the 20 different Operators in the game. However, the most interesting part of the trailer comes at the very end, where an October 13th release date for the game is confirmed.
The trailer depicts some of the 20 different Operators, which are personality-based classes, an idea lifted from MOBAs such as League of Legends. The YouTube description of the video actually offers more info than the video itself, stating: “Selecting one of 20 Operators will be an important choice for all Rainbow Six Siege players. Will you focus on jamming the opposing squad’s communications? Or will you favor the ever-reliable bulletproof barricade? Will a ranged breach launcher be more useful to you than a sledgehammer?” This indicates that each Operator has their own special ability, so part of the game’s strategy will be assigning roles to teammates before the start of a match.
The idea of borrowing MOBA elements and incorporating them into more traditional shooters tends to be the trend for upcoming games in the genre. Not only is Rainbow Six Siege doing it, but the upcoming Battleborn and Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 are following in the same footsteps as well. It remains to be seen if this MOBA-inspired approach to FPS design will pay off or if it’s just a passing fad.
In any case, Ubisoft is banking on it not just being a fad, as the company expects very big things for Rainbow Six Siege. Also similar to the MOBA titles it is imitating with its Operators, Ubisoft expects a long life for Siege that will extend over many years, and plan on supporting it heavily post-launch. This was indicated in a recent investor’s call, in which they felt that, over time, Rainbow Six Siege could become their best-selling shooter ever.
In the meantime, fans of the game may have an opportunity to play it before the official release. Ubisoft hosted a successful closed alpha of the game earlier, and they are also planning on having a closed beta at an undetermined point in the future. The only information about the closed beta available is that access is gained by pre-ordering Siege, but expect more detailed beta info at this year’s E3 event in June.
Even though The Division was unfortunately delayed out of 2015, Ubisoft is still planning on dominating October with Rainbow Six Siege and Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. Both games are going to be watched very closely, and it will be interesting to see if Ubisoft’s prediction of Siege being their best-selling shooter holds true when it releases later this year.
Rainbow Six Siege will be available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One on October 13th.