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Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Extraction, formerly known as Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Quarantine, is an upcoming squad based tactical shooter and the fourteenth installment in the Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Franchise. The game was initially announced on June 6, 2019 at E3 2019 and is set to release on September 16th, 2021.
Inspired by the Outbreak event, the game is set several years in the future and tasks three-players to complete objectives and fight off the increasing threat of a technological parasite known as the Archæans. It will see the return of various gameplay mechanics of Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege as well use various Operators from the previous game.
Several years after the 2018 outbreak in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, the Chimera Parasite broke containment and subsequently spread to other areas in the United States, notably New York City, San Francisco, and Alaska. Over the years, the Parasite has adapted to Earth and evolved into the Archæans. Rainbow established a new division, the Rainbow Exogenous Analysis & Containment Team (REACT) and set up containment zones around afflicted areas. As the Archæans grow stronger, REACT must enter these zones to gather any information they can in order to find a way to stop them.
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Extraction tasks a one or three-player team of Operators to work together to complete various tasks within Active Containment Zones. Deploying in these zones for a mission is known as an Incursion. Only one Operator may be chosen for an Incursion and can be upgraded through subsequent playthroughs. REACT Tech is equipment that players can select before entering an Incursion in order to handle certain situations or to compliment the Operators chosen by their teammates.
Players will only receive one life per Incursion. Should an Operator be downed, they will enter the MIA status and cannot be chosen from again until they are rescued. This risk and reward system makes communication between teammates key to completing Incursions successfully. Voice and text chat are supported to satisfy this need.
Like Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege, the game features a destruction system that allows players to break structures by planting explosives on them or to make bullet holes on walls by shooting it. The environments of the game feature a layered material system, in which environmental objects of different materials show different reactions to player's attack. A bullet penetration system is featured, in which bullets deal less damage when they hit enemies through structures. Players may also fortify their location against enemies by setting up Reinforced Walls and Barricade around the area as well as deploying unique abilities to help defend the area.
Similar to Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege, the game features a character-based system for players to select from when entering an Active Containment Zone. The game will have eighteen Operators available at launch. Operators must first be unlocked and can be upgraded to improve their effectiveness in missions. Each Operator has a unique skill and are specialized for a respective role.
All Operators feature three different statuses: Operational, Inactive, and MIA. All Operators start with Operational status and can be deployed on any Incursion. If an Operator returns from an Incursion below a certain amount of health, they will receive the Inactive status and cannot be chosen from until their health returns to Operational status. If an Operator receives critical damage or is unable to extract from an Incursion, they will be covered in REACT Stasis Foam to prevent infection will be given the MIA status. They must then be rescued from the in the Active Containment Zone where they fell and can not be chosen from until this is accomplished. Should all Operators be MIA, players will still have one Operator at their disposal to rescue their other Operators.
Each Active Containment Zone features various procedurally generated challenges that must be completed before an extraction can be performed. This includes gathering information about the Archæans by planting devices on Nests or obtaining DNA samples with the REACT Blade. Rescue missions must also be performed should an Operator enter the MIA status. This involves returning to the Active Containment Zone where they fell and locating the Chimera Archæan Tree. Players must then target Arch Cells and Anchor Points on the root tendrils to free the Operator. Afterwards, they must be carried to the Extraction Point and placed in an Extraction Pod. If done successfully, that Operator will then be able to be chosen from again.
Archæans are found in ten different archtypes across five tiers. Each archtype features a special abilities and weaknesses of their own. Stealth is advised as Archæans react to their environment and will call for reinforcements if alerted. Maps are also covered with Sprawl which will slow Operators and buff any Archæan caught within it.
Weapons and Equipment
The game features twelve maps set in Active Containment Zones around the United States. Each map features three zones that increase in difficulty with each zone.
Cosmetics return in the game and function in a similar manner to Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege.
Achievements and Trophies
- On October 24th, 2019, the game was announced to be delayed into Ubisoft's fiscal year 2020-2021. On October 29th, 2020, the game was announced to be delayed again into Ubisoft's fiscal year 2021-2022.
- The game's release date was listed as March 21st, 2021 on Ubisoft Connect, however, Ubisoft confirmed on January 19th, 2021 that this was an error.
- On February 16th, 2021, a datamine of the game on the PlayStation Store revealed a piece of art showing that the game was renamed Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Parasite. A few hours later, Ubisoft clarified that the name was internal and used only by developers. Despite this, Ubisoft confirmed that the game will be renamed as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The game's new title was revealed on June 7th, 2021.