Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six, an incredibly popular first-person shooter published by Ubisoft, is finally joining other shooters as a standalone release for Android and iOS devices. This also marks Ubisoft’s entry into the mobile gaming market, which saw a resurgence of shooting titles following the releases of massive shooter hits like PUBG and Fortnite. The upcoming release will be a free-to-play tactical first-person shooter (FPS) scheduled for this year’s release.
According to IGN, the upcoming Rainbow Six looks and feels just like the Rainbow Six Siege console counterpart — a 5v5 attack and defend first-person shooter with destructible environments and various specialized gadgets for players to use to gain a tactical advantage. This includes drones, explosives, and various other offensive items to defend their own or capture the defending team’s fortified position.
This announcement is still fresh, and there aren’t many details in the ether, but we already know that the upcoming version of Rainbow Six will release as a standalone game for mobile platforms. For those wondering about cross-play, Ubisoft has confirmed that cross-play between Android and iOS will be available from day one, though cross-play with the console/PC version of Rainbow Six Siege most probably won’t happen, as they would put mobile gamers at a disadvantage.
Controlling your in-game character is most likely done like in all mobile games via touchscreen. It’s safe to assume that gamers are expecting customizable touch controls at this point, given the advancements in mobile gaming. Wireless controller support would be a nice addition and one that could level the playing field if cross-play between mobile platforms, console gaming, and PC ever become a thing. And now, the main course: gameplay.
It’s quite evident that the upcoming Mobile is a Rainbow Six Siege game at its core. And that’s not a bad thing, given that the original game was very well received in 2015. However, there are some notable changes to the gameplay, apart from the controls. Matches will be considerably shorter, and the winning team will be determined with the best-of-three type of game. A smaller number of maps will be available at launch, but more are expected in post-release updates.
It’s also worth noting that most of the game’s operators are making their appearance in Rainbow Six Mobile, all sporting their classical Siege loadout, though some went through minor cosmetic changes. Sledge, for example, isn’t shy anymore and doesn’t wear his gas mask. Some smaller changes are to be expected as well but considering that we’re basically discussing a mobile port of Siege, said changes are likely part of the game’s optimization for mobile platforms.
As we said at the beginning of this article, mobile gaming is on the rise, after more than a decade of silence, following the fall of Symbian (a mobile operating system) and the rise of Android and iOS. Not to mention the advancements in mobile gaming system hardware, which prompts gaming giants such as Ubisoft or Blizzard — who is making a mobile version of Warcraft — to publish some of their IP on mobile platforms.