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The game looks to be completely different than the rest of the Rainbow Six series, with close quarters combat and fortifying environments like houses and planes taking centre stage. Here’s everything you need to know about Rainbow Six Siege’s release date, price, editions, gameplay and more.

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Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege Release date: When is Rainbow Six Siege coming out?

Looking at Ubisoft’s track record, the team isn’t great at sticking to release schedules – WatchDogs was delayed from 2014 to 2015 and The Division, originally announced in 2013, has been pushed back to an early 2016 release. The original prediction for Rainbow Six Siege was that it would be released on 13 October 2015, close to the launch of Assassins Creed: Syndicate on 23 October. In fact it will go on sale on 1 December.

Check out the announcement trailer below:

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege: How to buy Rainbow Six Siege in the UK - how to Rainbow Six Siege at midnight

Amazon is currently accepting pre-orders at £42 for Rainbow Six Siege for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. You can also buy the PC version now for £31.49, or get a PC download code for £49.99 which will be activated at midnight.

GAME is also accepting pre-orders at £42.99 for Xbox One and PS4, and £49.99 for PC. Unfortunately it has cancelled its midnight launch event, so if you wish to be playing Rainbow Six Siege at midnight tonight you'll need to opt for one of the digital download options.

Alternatively, you can pre-order Rainbow Six Siege now from the PlayStation Store or Xbox Store, and the game will automatically begin downloading and will be activated at midnight. This option is a little more expensive, though, at £54.99 for the standard edition.

A HotUKDeals tipster points out you can get the PC digital edition from CDKeys.com for £20.99. Also try the voucher code CDKEYSCYBER10 for 10% off.

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege pricing and special edition: How much will Rainbow Six Siege cost? Will there be a special edition?

According to Amazon’s pre-order page for Rainbow Six Siege, the prices are as follows:

Platform

Standard edition

Art of Siege edition

PlayStation 4

£42

£69.99

Xbox One

£42

£69.99

PC

£31.29

£48

As you can see, there are two versions available - the standard edition and the Art of Siege edition. The Art of Siege costs around £20 more (£10 for PC) than the standard edition, and offers some extra goodies for hard-core Rainbow Six fans. The goodies include gold weapon skins to use online, a 120 page tactical guide and a special collectors box for it all to go in.

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Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege story and gameplay: What’s the story behind Rainbow Six Siege?

The inspiration for Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege comes from counter terrorist operatives around the world. It includes intense close quarters confrontations, tactics, team play and, of course, explosions. The game is the first close quarters Rainbow Six game and requires players to transform their environments into strongholds by setting traps, fortifying doors and windows and creating defensive systems to prevent a breach by the Rainbow team.

The “short range specialist operators” come from five of the most renowned counter terrorist units in the world; The British SAS, American SWAT, French GIGN, German GSG9 and the Russian SPETSNAZ, with each team having different areas of expertise.

The best part of Rainbow Six Siege? Everything is destructible. Walls can be destroyed to create new lines of fire and you have the ability to breach through ceilings and floors, allowing for a tactical edge that isn’t available in many first person shooters. The environment reacts dynamically depending on the size and calibre of bullets used, as well as the amount of explosives used.

Ubisoft claim that the online multiplayer mode “sets a new bar for intense firefights and expert strategy” which could be true, as the below online gameplay video suggests.

IGN has also posted a 35-minute gameplay session if you wanted to get a better idea of what Rainbow Six Siege can offer:

Ubisoft has big plans for Rainbow Six Siege, as Yves Guillemot, CEO of Ubisoft, said, "Over its lifetime, we believe Rainbow Six: Siege has the potential to become the highest-selling shooter in Ubisoft's history" according to a Gamespot report.  But why is Ubisoft so confident? Many games are popular for weeks/months and then trail off as newer games are released, but Ubisoft has a trick up its sleeve. 

“This game will continue to live for a long time as we update with content for a long time” Guillemot said. So, there are plans for downloadable content to keep people interested in the game, which is a good idea as its proven to work with popular first person shooters like Battlefield and Call of Duty, who both release DLC throughout the first year of its release.

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege trailer and screenshots: Has an official trailer been released for Rainbow Six Siege?

The official trailer for Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege can be seen below:

There are also several screenshots of the game available on the Steam website:

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege PC System Requirements: What do I need to play Rainbow Six Siege on my PC?

  • Supported OS: Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 at 2.66Ghz or AMD Phenom II X4 940 at 3.0Ghz
  • RAM: 6 GB
  • Hard Disk: 30 GB
  • Video Card: 256 MB DirectX 9 / Radeon HD 2600XT or GeForce 7600 GS
  • Additional Requirements: nVidia GeForce GTX460 or better, GT500, GT600, GT700 series; AMD Radeon HD5850 or better, HD6000, HD7000, R7 and R9 series Intel Iris Pro HD 5200

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