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News coming out of EGX today as WhatCulture caught up with Rainbow Six Siege‘s art director Scott Mitchell. When asked about the game’s single player component, he was quoted as saying that, “There is no story mode per se. You go through training, where you get to experience different operators and their devices. You can play against enemy AI in co-op through all the maps.” He then described what people offline would be doing as a “training ground” for the online component. This contrasts with the game’s marketing by Ubisoft so far, which featured several supposed cutscenes that indicated more than a simple botmatch option.

Ubisoft has responded to the reaction this quote has gotten by releasing this statement. “The creative vision for Rainbow Six Siege has always been strongly focused on a compelling cooperative and multiplayer experience.  The game supports solo play when playing Terrorist Hunt offline & online and we will provide further details on single-player content in the near future.” Perhaps there is something more planned, and perhaps there is a substantial single player mode that will be added in later so as not to delay the game into next year. However, it seems likely that the vast majority of gameplay for Rainbow Six Seige will be restricted to the game’s online component.

Quick Take

Remember Evolve? The multiplayer only big budget shooter that came out earlier this year to a mostly indifferent audience. The game that was supposed to kick of a trend of these type of games, riding on the hype produced by Titanfall before its similarly disappointing release. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege has joined Star Wars Battlefront as the next pair of games to attempt to justify a full price tag on multiplayer alone. Battlefront might be able to succeed thanks both to its series history and its Star Wars theming. Siege will have a lot more to prove.

Are you still looking into grabbing Rainbow Six Siege? Are you comfortable paying premium prices for a game without a single player campaign? Answer these questions in the comments below!

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  • Jason Miller

    Well, there goes any chance that I might’ve bought it.

  • mbits


    I mean, that’s cool with me – I don’t need crappy single player storylines crammed into my competitive multiplayer titles all the time. Just like I don’t need it with CS. But . . . what happened to Vivica Fox or whoever that was in the cut scenes? Why would they go through all the effort of having hollywood stars act in a game that doesn’t have a story?

  • Wisdomcube2000

    I just hope they beef up the multiplayer content then. I’ve seen enough games go multiplayer only with too few weapons/levels/game modes to keep it interesting in the long run (also contrary to most Dev’s ideas, adding tons of paid dlc does NOT fix that issue).

    Though if they choose to treat it lightly content wise, I would hope they adjust the price to reflect what you are actually getting (nvm quick check shows it at $60). Well I guess I will wait for a sale then lol.

  • BurntToShreds

    I’m fine with that. It probably would have been replete with the usage of Anonymous, some sort of exaggerated GamerGate equivalent, and other unnecessary and cringe-worthy stuff to be super-topical about “modern” terrorism.

  • SevTheBear

    I don’t mind the lack of SP if we get a great and HUGE co-op and multiplayer experience. Look at BF and COD’s SP so fare. It’s mediocre at best and VERY few buy these games for the single player campaign. People play them for the Multiplayer NOT Single player.

    We got plenty of single player games out there, so I don’t see the problem with online only games. Let’s just hope Ubisoft ain’t making a mess out of it

  • That’s exactly what I was thinking when I heard the news. It really seemed like they were going for some sort of story at some point in development, but the games out in a few months and there is no evidence that it still exists.

  • Galbador

    Really!? Just for the sake of the damn multiplayer option? I have no words, this is so ridiculously dumb. Not everyone like multiplayer games, this will only alienate gamers from the game.

  • Reptile

    You would have to defend people from the real harms of online harassment, or if you preffer, “online terrorism”.
    In other words, it would be a boring game where nothing happens.

  • Reptile

    Ubisoft can’t even make singleplayer games work properly without problems with servers and uplay. How will it be for a game that is much more complex because it relays purely on online connection?

  • Mr Snow

    Well, that’s not too different from Rainbow 6 on the original Xbox.

  • Jesus Zamora

    I eagerly look forward to seeing Siege in the same bargain bin occupied by Evolve and Titanfall early next year.