Update (2:45 p.m. Eastern): Ubisoft responded to our request for comment on the matter, though had little to share about the footage itself. Rather, the publisher suggested how it may have emerged.
"Last week, we invited a select amount of media and influencers to try the game at our development studio," an Ubisoft representative told us via email. "We are glad that they enjoyed the experience and that soon you will be able to read their impressions. Stay tuned."
Update (11:51 a.m. Eastern): Alas, the video has been removed by Ubisoft. We're still waiting on a comment from the publisher and will update again should we receive one.
When Rainbow Six Siege was announced at E3 2014, we saw a match of “Capture the Hostage” fought through a suburban home. The hostage-takers fortified their position, putting up barricades and reinforcing walls, while the Rainbow team made new entrances to escort the civilian out.
Now, 10 minutes of footage has been made available (though not in a way Ubisoft intended). The Closed Alpha is underway, after applications were opened earlier this month. The fight moves to an airplane that appears to have been grounded unintentionally, if the hanging oxygen masks are any indication.
The defenders have barricades and portable shields at their disposal, while the attackers can scout the environment with a small, wheeled camera drone and destroy some of the structure to get a better perspective.
There’s no release date for Rainbow Six Siege yet, but we’re expecting it this year. We’ve reached out to Ubisoft for some additional information about the footage and if there’s more the publisher is willing to discuss about timing. We’ll update should we receive a response. You can check out the video on Daily Motion (at least until Ubisoft has it removed).
Matches seem to move quickly, and the tactical options during the preparation phase seem to set Siege apart from other shooters. This title is likely to live by its breadth of tools available to both attackers and defenders. The more there are, the better the chance for unique strategies and meta-games. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see this game garner an eSports following.