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Rainbow Six Extraction: Release date, trailer, gameplay, story and more

Rainbow Six Extraction
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It's official. Rainbow Six Extraction is set to be the next instalment in the series. The game has had a couple of different names during its time in developlent. Ubisoft unveiled it as Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Quarantine back in 2019, before the words "quarantine' and "lockdown" became part of our everyday vernacular.

The moniker was since scrapped and we all used the placeholder Rainbow Six Parasite while we waited for the official title to be revealed. Ubisoft finally shared the final name of the game this week ahead of its E3 2021 event this week, on Saturday June 12.  

The Outbreak event in Rainbow Six Siege influenced the upcoming Extraction, which sees players take on an "always evolving alien threat." In essence, it sounds like a zombie shooter that borrow elements from staples in the genre, such as Left 4 Dead, while bearing some similarities to Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. 

There have already been a few leaks about rainbow Six Extraction, but we've got a new teaser to whet our appetites, and a title reveal to add to everything we know so far. 

Rainbow Six Extraction news (updated June 6)

Rainbow Six Extraction may not have a firm release date yet, but the game had a closed beta on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Despite players having to sign an NDA, gameplay has nevertheless made its way to the internet.

An hour-long video leaked from the alpha test back in March via Facebook and YouTube, but is no longer available on either platform. It showed the game's tutorial, and confirmed that at least six operators from Rainbow Six Siege will be present: Alibi, Ela, Finka, Lion, Tachanka and Vigil.  

More gameplay emerged in April via Twitter leaker SkyLeaks . While it wasn't anywhere near as lengthy, it gave us a look at operative Ela, and how rescuing downed allies will work. That video is also no longer available, but we'll be getting an official look this week, so sit tight. 

Rainbow Six Extraction

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Rainbow Six Extraction release date 

Rainbow Six Extraction was initially set to launch by April 2020, but Ubisoft pushed back the game due to the pandemic. The new date should be in this fiscal year, meaning we'll see it launch any time between now and March 2022.  

We'll find out more information about Extraction at the Ubisoft Forward event this week, which goes live on June 12 at  12pm PT / 3pm ET / 8pm BST. Hopefully that'll include a release window to narrow things down a bit, or ac actual date we can mark on our calendars. 

Rainbow Six Extraction trailer 

The first trailer we saw for Rainbox Six Extraction was the E3 2019 initial reveal. Until this week, all other gameplay that's been posted online has been leaked footage, rather than anything official from Ubisoft.  

The first official teaser sets the spooky scene, giving prospective players an idea of what they'll be getting into when the title finally debuts. While it doesn't showcase the enemies, it lays the foundations for game's atmosphere, which looks suitably tense. 

But to build hype in the build up to its Ubisoft Forward event this Saturday, the company has dropped another teaser. The trailer shows a desk in a lab, and all is not well as Neel Daniel's Walking Under a Rainbow plays over the top of it. 

The lab has been abandoned and as the camera pans out and across, we can see that an angry-looking black goo is spreading across every surface available. We got a little more information in the Rainbow Six Extraction: Dev Team Title Reveal video, which you can watch at the top of the article. 

"We took the strong foundations of Rainbow Six Seige and crafted a modern, tactical, co-op shooter where you'll be facing an always-evolving alien threat," says creative director, Patrik Methé. 

"You'll have plenty of different challenges to overcome, but will always have one goal in mind: Making sure no one gets left behind. It will be up to you and your squad to decide when to push forward, or when to extract. As you will soon discover, extraction is truly the name of the game."

Community developer Richard Stanford added that we'll be getting a deep dive and gameplay premiere on June 12. 

Rainbow Six Extraction gameplay

Between the Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak event, and the two leaked videos from closed testing, we've got a pretty good idea of what to expect on the gameplay front in Rainbow Six Extraction.   

From what we've seen, players loadouts are pretty standard fare, with grenades, weapons and equipment, including barricades and drones. Your team of operators will face off against zombies/aliens called archaeans, although you don't necessarily need to take them head-on. 

Rainbow Six Extraction's Incursions seem to be stealth-based, and will have you navigating the environment looking for intel, like samples. If you get spotted, you're in for a showdown with the hostiles. 

The Left 4 Dead comparisons come into play with the sub-zones, which get more dangerous as  you progress. There are airlocks between each zone, similar to the safe houses in Left 4 Dead, which will give players a much-needed breather. The ethos of not leaving players behind also hits the same note as Valve's beloved series. 

You can find and rescue downed teammates as you push ahead, even if you left them behind in previous zones, just as in L4D. You'll need to carry these teammates to extraction points, which also means you can't use your main weapon while you're saving the day. But that just makes the rescue even more exciting. Or stressful. Either way, it'll get your heart rate up!

It's not just archaeans you have to look out for. Black goo on the floor will slow you down, but you can eliminate it with a few well-placed bullets. And, just like L4D, there are a variety of enemy types to keep things interesting. 

Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak

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Rainbow Six Extraction story 

As you might have guessed, the story details of Rainbow Six Extraction aren't out in the open just yet, but we can probably expect some similarities to Rainbow Six Siege's Outbreak event. 

This limited-time mode saw players investigating a biohazard outbreak, which has evidently gotten worse in Extraction— or perhaps it's a whole new threat to deal with. We can't speculate too much beyond that, given the lack of information, but that seems to be a pretty safe bet for now.

Is Rainbow Six Extraction coming to PS5 and Xbox Series X?

Ubisoift announced Rainbow Six Extraction one whole year before the next-gen consoles made their debut. We've no doubt that you'll be able to play them on PS5 and Xbox Series X. But whether we'll get optimized versions specifically for the new hardware is another question entirely — and one that we don't have the answer to for now. We'll expect a rundown of the details at Ubisoft Forward this weekend. 

Rainbow Six Extraction outlook 

Rainbow Six Extraction is being revealed this week, so things are obviously coming along, despite the initial delays. While we're keen to find out if we'll see PS5 and Xbox Series X versions at launch, or in the future, Ubisoft has kept things relatively quiet. 

The gameplay looks solid, and if you're familiar with the franchise, there shouldn't be too many surprises. We love that Outbreak inspired a dedicated game with PvE play and tight-knit squads. Left 4 Dead fans might also be able to get their fix here — although that's only until Back 4 Blood launches on October 12.  

Hopefully we'll see Rainbow Six Extraction release before then, but the real life pandemic has proven disruptive. We're sure the developers are beavering away as best they can. 

Shabana Arif

Shabana is T3's News Editor covering tech and gaming, and has been writing about video games for almost a decade (and playing them since forever). As well as contributing to Tom's Guide, she's had bylines at major gaming sites during her freelance career before settling down at T3, and has podcasts, streaming, and video content under her belt to boot. Outside of work, she also plays video games and should really think about expanding her hobbies.