Rainbow Six Mobile: Ubisoft Bringing Tactical FPS to iOS and Android
Rainbow Six Siege, one of the most popular fast-paced tactical shooter games on PC and console, has finally made its way into iOS and Android platforms. The official game trailer for Rainbow Six Mobile was just released by Ubisoft, mainly showcasing the maps, operators, their abilities, and gadgets, not to mention a bit of amazing gameplay.
If you didn’t know, Rainbow Six Siege is famous for its unique close combat gameplay style featuring a team of attackers and defenders. Launched in December 2015, Rainbow Six Siege managed to gather over 70 million registered players by 2021, generating over $2.8 billion in revenue for Ubisoft as of now. With this much potential, no wonder why Ubisoft wanted to go mobile, where they could reach a much larger audience.
In the trailer, we can see that the game is in its pre-alpha stage, and the developers are inviting players to sign up for a chance to play before the official launch. You can pre-register for it here on their website; all you have to do is choose the platform you want to play on (iOS or Android), then log in with a Ubisoft account (create a new AC if you don’t have one).
Not everyone will be selected for this test, so don’t be disappointed if you don’t get the invite. Then again, you can watch the gameplay on YouTube and Twitch from the creators that got in.
Many of you may be surprised to hear that Rainbow Six Mobile started development in 2019, that is 3 years ago. We can see the results of that dedication in the trailer, they managed to successfully capture that tactical shooter vibe of Rainbow Six Siege on a mobile frame, and the good news is, they plan to share it with us quite soon.
“After over 3 years of development, we felt it was the right moment to announce the game and start testing with real players. Our objective is to develop the best R6 experience on mobile, and we can only do that with the community’s help. And honestly, the team can’t wait to get our game into players’ hands!”
The Developer Team
And as per the recent statement from the developers, we know that the production of Rainbow Six Mobile is based in Montreal, Canada, alongside the Rainbow Six Siege dev team. Now, although they share the same office, Rainbow Six Mobile has its own dedicated team of developers that are well-experienced in AAA console and mobile games.
This also means that the Siege team doesn’t have to spend their resources on mobile; they can just stay focused on doing their own thing with Rainbow Six Seige.
This division makes sense as Ubisoft is trying to give us the entire Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six experience through this one mobile game hence the name, Rainbow Six Mobile.
Justin Swan, the Creative Director of Ubisoft Montreal, said, “looking toward the future, there’s a reason it’s not called Rainbow Six Siege Mobile; it’s called Rainbow Six Mobile because it is the mobile representation of the entire Rainbow Six brand. It’s starting off like Rainbow Six Siege, but it’ll evolve very much into its own thing.”
Operators, Maps, Gameplay System, And More
As you know, Rainbow Six Mobile is largely based on the same content as the PC and console versions, but it is so much more than that. The game features a new gameplay system, visuals, IU elements, modified maps, and environmental destruction, all built from the ground up and optimized for mobile.
In a recent interview, Creative Director of Ubisoft Montreal Justin Swan said, “we do want a little bit of a different balance, mostly for approachability. And as I mentioned earlier, we’re trying to expand the audience quite a bit. Two quick examples: One is that we want time-to-kill to be a bit slower. It takes about 50% longer to take down an enemy in Rainbow Six Mobile than in Rainbow Six Siege. That’s still a really fast time to eliminate, but it’s a little nicer and a little more forgiving than in Siege.”
“Also, we have guaranteed DBNO – down, but not out. In Siege, you can be revived by another player. And this creates really cool moments. Some of the most interesting moments are, like, “oh, I’m down! Come save me before I bleed out!” But then the other team is like, “it’s a trap!” And they’re waiting for your teammate to come and try to save you. We wanted to create more of those moments.”
Operators & Their Abilities In Rainbow Six Mobile
As of now, there are five attackers and five defenders; more operators will be added as the game develops; now, in the attacker roaster, we have;
- Ash with ability- Breaching Rounds, gadget Stun Grenades
- Sledge with ability Tactical Breaching Hammer and gadget- Frag Grenade
- Twitch with Shock Drone and Claymore
- Thermite with Exothermic Charge and Claymore
- Hibana with X-Kairos Launcher and Stun Grenades
- Caveira has the abilities Silent Step and Interrogation; as for gadgets, she has Impact Grenade.
- Bandit has Shock Wire ability and Barbed Wire for the gadget.
- Smoke has the ability Remote Gas Grenade and a Deployable Shield gadget.
- Valkyrie has the Black Eye Cameras ability and Nitro Cell gadget.
- Mute has the ability GC90 Signal Disruptor “Jammer” and the Nitro Cell gadget.
In the case of maps, the Rainbow Six Mobile website listed two, the Bank and Border, with more maps coming soon. That’s all we have for the upcoming Rainbow Six Mobile; make sure to register for the test phase. And if you want more info, go and check out the Rainbow Six Mobile discord and the Justin Swan interview.