Rainbow Six Parasite had a turbulent history. Ubisoft introduced it as Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six quarantine back in 2019, before the words “quarantine” and “lock” became part of our everyday vernacular. The company has since dropped the subtitle “Quarantine” due to a permanent pandemic, and has also pushed the release date back into the obscure 2021/2022 window.
The game, meanwhile, has taken the subtitle “Parasite” while we wait for more official updates. The publisher has confirmed that this is just the name of the reserved place for now.
The event at Rainbow Six Siege affected the upcoming Parasite, who will basically be a zombie shooter. The game will borrow elements from the genre, such as Left 4 Dead, while it will have similarities with Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.
There have already been several leaks of information about the parasite, which we will deal with below. But here’s everything we know about the game so far, as well as rumors and information leaks that have been missed since Ubisoft first discovered the game.
Rainbow Six Parasite News (updated April 7)
Rainbow Six Parasite may not yet have a firm release date, but the game is in a closed beta on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Despite the fact that the players have to sign the NDA, the game still started via the Internet.
The video, which lasted an hour, leaked from the alpha test back in March via Facebook and YouTube, but is no longer available on any platform. He showed the instructions for the game and confirmed that at least six operators from Rainbow Six Siege would be present: Alibi, Ela, Finka, Lyon, Tachanka and Vigil.
More gameplay appeared just this week, via Twitter SkyLeaks . Although it wasn’t nearly as long, it gave us a glimpse of Operation Ella and how rescuing downed allies would work. That video is also no longer available, but given the volatile attitude toward the NDA, we’ll no doubt see more footage of the closed testing continuing.
Release date Rainbow Six Parasite
Rainbow Six Parasite was originally scheduled to be launched by April 2020, but Ubisoft pushed the game away due to a pandemic. The new date should be in this fiscal year, which means we’ll be launching it anytime from now until March 2022. As the title is still in closed testing, we don’t expect it to premiere in the near future.
Crossed fingers that we will have it in our hands before the end of the year. But we will have to sit firm and wait for the update.
Rainbow Six Parasite trailer
Unfortunately, we didn’t have too much effort for the trailers when it came to the Rainbow Six Parasite. Aside from the announcement of E3 2019 and leaked gameplay, the game’s videos are thin on the field.
The official teaser sets the spooky scene, giving potential players an idea of what they will get into when the title is finally unveiled. While he doesn’t portray enemies, he lays the groundwork for an atmosphere of play that looks suitably tense.
Rainbow Six Parasite playing
Between the Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak event and two leaked videos from closed testing, we have a pretty good idea of what to expect on the front of the game in Rainbow Six Parasite.
From what we’ve seen, landing players is a fairly common price, with grenades, weapons and equipment, including barricades and drones. Your team of operators will face zombies / aliens called archaea, although you don’t necessarily have to lead them frontally.
The intrusions seem to be based on stealth, and you’ll have to navigate the environment looking for Intel, like samples. If you are noticed, a showdown with enemies awaits you.
Comparisons of Left 4 Dead come into play with sub-zones that become more dangerous as you progress. There are air locks between each zone, similar to the safe houses in Left 4 Dead, which will give players a much-needed vent.
You can find and save crashed teammates as you push forward, even if you left them in previous zones, just like in L4D. You’ll have to take these teammates to the extraction site, which also means you can’t use the main weapon while saving the day. But that only makes salvation even more exciting. Or stressful. Either way, it will speed up your heart rate!
You don’t have to watch out for the Archaeans alone. The black stain on the floor will slow you down, but you can remove it with a few well-placed bullets. And, just like L4D, there are a number of hostile types that make things interesting.
The story of the parasite Rainbow Six
As you might have guessed, the details of the Rainbow Six Parasite story are not yet out in the open. Expect some similarities with the event of the outbreak of the Rainbow Six Siege.
This limited mode has seen players investigating an outbreak of a biological hazard, which has apparently worsened with parasites – or perhaps a completely new threat to face. We can’t assume too much beyond that, given the lack of information, but it seems like it’s a pretty safe bet for now.
Does the Rainbow Six Parasite come on the PS5 and Xbox Series X?
Ubisoift announced Rainbow Six Siege a year before next-generation consoles debuted. We have no doubt that you will be able to play them on the PS5 and Xbox Series X. But whether we will get optimized versions specifically for the new hardware is a completely different question – and to which we have no answer yet.
Rainbow Six Parasite
Rainbow Six Parasite is now in closed testing, so things are going despite initial delays. While we want to find out if we will see the PS5 and Xbox Series X versions at launch, or in the future, Ubisoft has kept things quiet.
The gameplay looks solid, and if you’re familiar with the franchise, there shouldn’t be too many surprises. We love that Outbreak inspired a dedicated game with PvE play and tightly connected lineups. Left 4 Dead fans may also be able to fix their problem here. Although it’s only until the launch of Back 4 Blood on October 12th.
Hopefully we’ll see Rainbow Six Parasites before then, but the real-life pandemic has proven disruptive. We’re sure developers are removing themselves as best they can.