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What is Rainbow Six Parasite?

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Quarantine will be the 14th installment in the Rainbow Six franchise. This particular title was inspired by the Outbreak event from Rainbow Six Siege and will even feature a few of the same Operators. The tactical shooter will take place several years in the future and will have teams of three working together to fight off a technological parasite.

Rainbow Six Quarantine was first announced at E3 2019 and is set to release sometime this year. Ubisoft noted that it may come out before September 31, the end of the developer’s fiscal year. But the game has been delayed a few times due to the ongoing pandemic, so it’s possible that Rainbow Six Quarantine won’t be released in 2021 at all.

Despite the tension over the delay, fans have been increasingly excited about Rainbow Six Quarantine (which was once thought to be called Rainbow Six Parasite) thanks to some footage that was leaked back in March.

Some streamers on Twitch and Facebook Gaming had started playing the game last month, breaking an NDA in the process. Even though one streamer was “suspended for cheating” in the middle of the live stream, viewers still got to see some of the game, mostly surrounding the Training Mode.

Some of the playable Operators the streamer used in the Training mode include Alibi, Lion, Ela, Finka, Vigil, and Tachanka. They appeared to have the same abilities they possessed in Siege, including Tachanka’s Mounted LMG and Alibi’s decoys. Like Siege, players can customize their weapons with attachments during the loadout screen, including things like a Recon Drone and Body Armor. During this phase, players could also choose a variety of grenades, including a Stun Grenade and a Scan Grenade.

What can players expect in Rainbow Six Quarantine?

The game’s main threat is introduced in a simulation at the start of the game. This is when players are told about Archaeans, a parasitic, alien-like creature that has “differnt behavior and skills.” They will summon more hostels to attack the player when alerted, so it’s important to be careful when eliminating them. This means stealth is a major part of the game.

Operators are encouraged to sneak up to the target and then use their REACT Blade to take them out. The missions are often taking a sample from the creature possessing the target. If killed in a non-stealthy way, the aliens will alert nearby nests and trigger other obstacles, like corrosive materials.


Players complete each Incursion by gathering intel, which is often a task like planting trackers on dormant nests. Each incursion has one objective available per Sub-Zone. There’s an airlock that players can use to get to each Sub-Zone, but they won’t be able to backtrack.

Every Sub-Zone also has an Extraction Point. This is where players can secure the intel they’ve gathered so far.

Players that don’t make it to the airlock will be called MIA. Operators who are MIA must remain in the Sub-Zone until they are resuced in a future Incursion. Another Operator will have to cut them out of an Archaean tree by shooting the tree’s Anchor Points and fighting off the parasites. This will stop them from entering host body and losing the Operator for good. After, players must carry the Operator to the Extraction Point.

When is Rainbow Six Quaratine coming out?

Rainbow Six Quarantine has been delayed multiple times due to the pandemic. At E3 2019, it was originally scheduled for an early 2020 release. That, of course, hasn’t happened.

Ubisoft Connect then had the game’s release date listed as March 21, 2021. That also didn’t happen. The developers stated on January 19th that the date was “an error.”

It’s now believed to be coming out sometime in 2021, most likely before September according to Ubisoft. But no official date has been revealed.

So what is Rainbow Six Parasite?

On February 16th, 2021, a data miner uncovered that the game was called Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Parasite on a piece of art in the PlayStation Store. Ubisoft responded to the leak a few hours later, stating that Rainbow Six Parasite was for internal use only and was a name only used by developers.

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