Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak: release date, operators, map, zombies - everything we know

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Rainbow Six Siege might be one of the best multiplayer shooters of the past few years, but its PvE experience has been lacking, especially when compared to previous Rainbow Six games. Ubisoft hope to change this with Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak, a co-op event that will launch alongside Operation Chimera and run for four weeks.

Want to know more about the Year 3 Season 1? Here are all the details on Rainbow Six Siege Chimera.

Official information on Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak has been extremely limited. But thanks to an ARG there are plenty of rumours and suggestions as to what threat Team Rainbow will face and where. To keep you up to date, here is everything we know about Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak.

Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak release date

rainbow six siege outbreak release date

The release date for Rainbow Six Siege Chimera is predictable as we know the schedules for previous seasons. But as Mission Outbreak is the first event of its type there is no way to guess when it will become available to all players. This will depend on whether Ubisoft decide to include a test server period for Outbreak and whether they launch it at the start of the season or halfway through it. Either way, expect a full reveal for Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak at the Six Invitational 2018 on February 18.

Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak operators

Rainbow six siege outbreak operators

Initially, it was rumoured that the co-op event would receive bespoke Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak operators. However, an official Year 3 panel recap has only revealed two operators for Year 3 Season 1, both of which are slated to have expertise in biohazard and quarantine. 

The same panel recap also states that the operators will come from two different nations: one is inbound from France, the other hails from Russia. Given their special training, it is likely that both operators will come from new counter-terrorist units, such as the COS and Russian Radiation, Chemical, and Biological Protection Troops, rather than the existing GIGN and Spetsnaz. If these operators will feature in both PvP and PvE then their abilities cannot be too situational.

However, the official ARG has also hinted at domestic military branches being involved in the Outbreak event, namely the National Guard, the United States Army, and SOCOM. One of the images in File 2 of the ARG references all three organisations as being involved in some way, although the same document also mentions reports of foreign operatives rendering assistance, which could point to either the Chimera operators or Rainbow.

Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak map

Rainbow six siege outbreak map

The ARG has revealed where Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak will be set and even hinted at two possible maps. A series of secrets hidden around the Presidential Plane map point towards Truth Or Consequences, a real settlement in New Mexico that got its unusual name from an NBC Radio program.

The search for the Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak map was narrowed down further after players managed to discover the password for the second locked file on the official Rainbow Leaks site. One of the images hidden inside highlighted two locations from a bird’s-eye view of the city: Resort and Hospital. Above the image are some hastily scrawled instructions: investigate black spots. While by no means official, the image could be teasing the locations of two Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak maps.

Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak zombies

Rainbow six siege outbreak zombies

While it seems fairly obvious given the title of Outbreak and the prevalence of zombies in games, Ubisoft have not actually confirmed what threat you will be up against during the event.

Of course, there are clues, and the first one is in the name of the season Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak is launching within, Chimera. Aside from being a fire-breathing beast from Greek mythology, a chimera is also the medical term for someone who is composed of two genetically distinct types of cells. In the real world, that means having multiple blood types and is generally no cause for concern. However, in the context of a fictional outbreak, that amorphous medical term could easily be conflated to a blood infection or genetic mutation.

The first unlocked file of the ARG provides a lot more information. The consensus from the various medical reports within is that the outbreak is the result of a parasite that takes control of its hosts, reinforcing their bones and causing excruciating pain in the process. No endgame for the pathogen is stated, but the second file from the Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak ARG tells a story of violence erupting in Truth or Consequences, with gunfire and explosions being heard from outside the quarantine zone.

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The second file also reveals that the medical tent is inside the quarantine zone and that the wounded are mostly soldiers. More interesting still is that the soldiers do not possess any gunshot wounds, but blunt force trauma instead, which is a far cry from the bite marks we would expect to be hearing about if Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak was a romp through zombie fiction. Another image in the second file shows huge black spires all over Truth or Consequences, which could point towards an extraterrestrial component to the co-op event.

No doubt Ubisoft will tease a few more of these files on the way to the Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak release date, so keep checking back for all the latest theories.

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