There won't be any story mode in Ubisoft's upcoming Rainbow Six: Siege
Remember when Call of Duty multiplayer really took off? It was just after the first Modern Warfare title had been released, and for about two years afterwards if felt like every development studio was aiming to cram some form of multiplayer component into their game, whether it warranted one or not.
Nowadays it seems the opposite is true. Dedicated multiplayer games are emerging and not giving a second thought to those who prefer to game alone, but still enjoy shooting terrorists in the face. Star Wars: Battlefront doesn't have a genuine single player campaign, and neither did earlier multiplayer-centric titles, Evolve or Titanfall. Well, you can add Rainbow Six: Siege to the list.
In an interview with WhatCulture at this weekend's EGX in the UK, the game's art director, Scott Mitchell, said:
"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. You can customise matches, so that’s what we’re offering on the single-player side of things."
“It’s a pretty good training ground, and on top or that you’re unlocking the same content as you would playing in PvP. You’re still gaining stars, reknown points, and new operatives.”
So it's not like you can't play the game on your own, but you'll essentially be playing the multiplayer component against the artificial intelligence, and that's no way to have fun.
What you really need to enjoy a single player game like this is a nonsensical action movie plot (heavily featuring Angela Bassett) that whisks you through all the different locations in the game, whilst steadily introducing you to each of the siege-breaking tools, one by one, until you've gained mastery of them all.
This could well leave some dedicated Rainbow Six loners a little disappointed, but I reckon most fans of the franchise recognise it as a game that requires a close-knit team of tactically aware players. The lack of a dedicated story mode probably won't phase the vast majority of them.
It has been announced that Rainbow Six: Siege will release with 11 maps (so far) on December 1. Are you ok with multiplayer only games? Disappointed that Siege won't come with any kind of campaign/story mode? Comment below if you have something on your mind.
Eoin has been gaming for twenty-five years, worries he might be getting a little too old for it all, but hopes that he isn't. In the midst of an effort to find a future doing something he loves, he has taken to writing about his one enduring passion - video games.
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