Rainbow Six — not the books but the games — started off as a single-player focused franchise. Multiplayer elements were present, but mostly became a focus for the series in later titles. However, the 2015 version marked the first Rainbow Six game without an initial single-player campaign like its older predecessors. Well, according to Rainbow Six’s Brand Director, Alexandre Remy, the single-player experience is “dead.”
According to websites DSOG and dailystar.co.uk, it seems as if Rainbow Six has abandoned all single-player campaigns in the foreseeable future. Contrary to player interest in games like Void Interactive’s Ready or Not, Remy claims that building resources for a solo/single-player experience for something like Rainbow Six: Siege would be “a digression.”
The UK-based publication site had the chance to talk with Remy at last year’s Paris Major (2018) event where the two discussed whether or not the team at Ubisoft Montreal “were pursuing a new singleplayer entry in the franchise.” To that query, Remy replied:
“When you are building a basketball stadium, are you also opening a football activity within that basketball stadium?”
The publication site broke down the analogy as single-player content being the “football activity,” and multiplayer content being the “basketball stadium.” However, it would seem like Remy might be misunderstood, right? Well, the UK-based website had the chance to catch up with Remy again except this time at the Pro League Season IX Finals in Milan where the Brand Director doubled down on his past position:
“No, no, no. The Rainbow Six solo/singleplayer experience is dead.”
“For Siege, forget about a solo campaign. We want this game to be a pure competitive multiplayer experience. All of our resources are going in that direction and to invest those resources elsewhere would be a digression.
“When you have a game that requires so much support, and so much caring in patching and balancing, I don’t think you have the luxury to divert.
“Our fans expect a certain level of quality and a mastery in our games that is extremely high. Why would you only make an OK-ish solo campaign?”
The publication site closes out its piece with the mention of Rainbow Six Patriots and its cancellation being salt to a wound of tactical solo FPS fans, which is a single-player entry in the R6 franchise that was announced back in 2011 and canceled in 2014.
Lastly, with Remy saying that “The Rainbow Six solo/singleplayer experience is dead” more than likely means that future installments will be multiplayer only with very little focus on single-player experience(s). However, if you want to scratch that tactical itch, Ready or Not is slated to come out sometime in Q4 2020.