Rainbow Six: Siege doesn’t have a single player campaign mode, Ubisoft has confirmed.
“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,” Siege’s Art Director, Scott Mitchell, told WhatCulture.
“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,” he added.
The news will come as a blow to fans, as Rainbow Six‘s campaign modes have traditionally been very popular – not to mention pretty good. Rainbow Six: Vegas 2‘s campaign was pretty awesome, for example, that had you pursuing a suspected Chemical Weapons smuggler through the famed city.
So if you don’t get a campaign mode, just what do you get? Well, there will be 11 multiplayer maps included at launch for the game’s Terror Hunt mode, and Ubisoft has promised that all future maps will be free to download for all players.
Nonetheless, it’s worth bearing in mind that Rainbow Six: Siege is shipping as a full-priced retail title, which has led some to question whether this latest installment in the long-running series presents value for money.
A public beta of Rainbow Six: Siege is currently underway, and was recently extended by Ubisoft to October 3rd. Player feedback so far has been somewhat mixed, with some complaining of a lack of variety, while others have pointed out that the game’s visuals don’t seem to live up to the early trailers shown by the publisher at events such as E3 and Gamescom. There’s still a little bit of time for Ubisoft to ensure that the final game is as good as it possibly can be, however, so fingers crossed that everything turns out ok.
Rainbow Six: Siege is due to be released on December 1st, 2015 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. You can have a look at the game’s Terror Hunt mode in action in the video below, taken from Ubisoft’s E3 presentation earlier this year.