There is an Outbreak
Ubisoft has a treat for all Rainbow Six Siege players with the Operation Chimera update. This time, Team Rainbow has to contain a new imminent threat that is far from usual terrorist attacks they’re so used to deal with.
The limited time ‘Outbreak’ is a free update for all Siege owners. The mode is a three player coop campaign that sends players in New Mexico where a Soviet space capsule crashes, releasing an infectious cargo upon the town of Truth or Consequences that turns people into murderous mutant-zombies.
Players can choose between Smoke, Ying, Buck, Kapkan, Ash, Doc, Tachanka, Glaz, and Recruit, aside from new Year 3 Operators Lion and Finka (Lord Chanka mains must be VERY happy) before the game starts. Their gadgets work normally just like other game modes, but as a party of three, players must consider a balance of healing, area control and fragging to survive the pits of Outbreak.
There are three playable maps in Outbreak Resort, Hospital, and Junkyard. All these maps have a variation of offerings for players.
In the Resort, players have to battle ‘zombies’ in a hotel complex where they have to locate weak points in the parasite infested areas, plant explosives, and protect them from the spiky guys as its fuse runs down. Players will also encounter Jäger, who needs to be saved after crashing his supposed to be rescue helicopter.
Hospital offers a complex escort mission where players have to locate and extract a VIP Doctor from inside the hospital. The building is intricately built with narrow corridors, making combat up close against ‘zombies’ who will relentlessly run towards operators.
Lastly, Junkyard leads players to a trailer park where they have to search for a set of special thermite charges that sooner should be planted in a house. Again, players have to defend the charges from enemies as they burn down. Players then have to proceed to the junkyard to activate a crane to move on to the last part, which is the Ground Zero of the infection.
Siege zombies are no ordinary zombies. The infection reinforces the body of the host, giving them a tougher physique that can absorb heavy amount of damages –and dish out plenty as well. These zombies are categorized in five namely Grunts, Breachers, Rooters, Smashers and Apex.
Grunts are the most common enemy type in Outbreak. They look like harmlessly sick people until they grow spikes and turn into a hyper aggressive beast once they detect enemy movement, which makes long range headshots a better option in dealing with them.
Breachers, as for those who already play the game, are more likely of walking proximity bombs. They can destroy indestructible walls and pounce from a distance so deal with them with proper caution.
Rooters as the name suggests have the ability to ‘root’ or immobilize player movements and vision for certain periods while dealing significant damage. Dealing with them is tricky, requiring ample team cooperation to survive them.
Smashers are heavily reinforced zombies whose thick hide can fully negate the effects of smaller firearms. They can tear down indestructible walls like Breachers so try not to stay near them.
Lastly, Apex is the toughest form of zombie in Outbreak. Instead of personally attacking Operators, Apex sends a horde of infectious zombies towards the players. They can also send blinding projectiles that can only be countered by Finka and Doc.
A rewarding Game
Finishing an Outbreak game gives players a significant amount of Renown. It also delivers a new approach to the game’s PvE environment, making it worthwhile for players who are licking their wounds from Rank defeats, and for those who just want something new as well.
Despite going similarly with the zombie cliché from most shooters, Ubisoft was able to pitch in a naturally decent storyline for their operators and now, it’s up to players to savor the new experience Ubi has to offer.
Outbreak runs from March 6 until April 3.