Here’s why you can’t respawn in Rainbow Six

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We’ve got a new trend on the way in gaming. Namely, four of you trying to bliksem one of me. Rainbow Six is one such game where there happens to be more than one of me around, as the game takes cops vs robbers to the logical digital extreme and somebody is going to lose an eye when the guns start firing. Thing is, you need some strategy to survive a round of Rainbow Six. Because you aren’t exactly immortal in that game.

In multiplayer, respawning has been pulled out of the game entirely. You die, game over and that’s all she wrote. According to game devs Chris Lee and Andrew Witts, this was so that Rainbow Six could get back to its roots of being a more methodical shooter instead of a run ‘n gun bullet festival. Which makes Rainbow Six an entirely different beast altogether, as just about every other shooter on the market allows players to come back from the dead, unless they’re playing a very specific mode within that game.

This no respawn rule thus resulted in a far more intense game, as Lee and Witts wrote:

When you’re not allowed to respawn during a match, twitch reflexes aren’t the only skills that keep you alive. Teamwork, map awareness, planning, adaptability, communication, and leadership become just as important to win. To be completely straightforward, the game became a lot more stressful… It went from everyone leaning back in their chairs trash-talking, to being on the edge of their seats carefully coordinating tactics.

The problem with a one life only rule however, is that the second you’re dead, you have nothing to else to contribute to the game. In Rainbow Six however, players can still turn being dead to their advantage, as they’ll act as the eyes and ears for their team through cameras and surveillance devices, guiding their surviving teammates through a round in support mode:

However, there’s a reason why the No Respawn rule is something we’ve seen fade out of gaming in the past decade. In a traditional FPS setting without respawn, once the player is dead and out of action they don’t have very much to do. As a player,you want to stay involved, and getting placed on the sidelines with nothing to do is not the ideal experience. The reason we consider One Life to be a different concept in this game is that you will be actively involved the whole time. Yes, losing boots on the ground creates a disadvantage in firepower, but the player still contributes to the team by becoming a source of information. They are able to use limited visibility tools, like the drone and security cameras, or survey from a chopper above the operation zone to keep their team informed of the enemy’s movements.

In other words actual teamwork, not lone wolf grandstanding, will help you emerge victorious. I’m liking what I’m seeing so far. Rainbow Six is becoming a game that has the spirit of the original games floating around it, but with plenty of new-gen ideas added into the mix. And it also looks as tense as can be.

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Last Updated: October 15, 2014

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  • Admiral Chief 0

    Good, this I approve of

    • Kensei Seraph – Staff

      Same here.

      • Admiral Chief 0

        I might just pick this up

    • Mark Treloar

      Good if you can get a team together on voice chat. Bad if you have to rely on matchmaking.

      • Admiral Chief 0

        Agreed

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      Agreed General Admiral Chief Erwinius of the Northeast.

      • Captain JJ Underleyened

        You forgot Kempffffffffffffffffff
        Though Erwinius sounds like he should be a Space Marine

        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          Wait… you mean he isn’t a Space Marine?

          • Admiral Chief 0

            *Space Admiral

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            Space Admiral Marine head.

      • Admiral Chief 0

        XD

  • Admiral Chief 0

    “as they’ll act as the eyes and ears for their team through cameras and surveillance devices”
    Awesome, so no ‘ghosts’

    • Kensei Seraph – Staff

      Bob: I think I just saw the face of the guy we shot in that security camera.
      L33tPwng: WTF are you talking about you fu*BANG*.
      Bob: WE HAVE A SNIPER IN SECTOR 3! I’M PINNED DOWN!
      L33tPwng: You guys are useless! F**k this sh***y game, I’m out.
      *L33tPwng has left the game*
      Nathaniel: I thought he’d never leave.

      • Norm (@e3zype3zy)

        HAHA!

  • Captain JJ Underleyened

    Is this going to be mostly focused around multiplayer now?

    • Admiral Chief 0

      It seems that way. I hope they do a co-op campaign at least

      • Captain JJ Underleyened

        So in other words it has ZERO to do with Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six, they’re just using the name.

        • Kensei Seraph – Staff

          I’m sure one of the Rainbow Six games I played previously allowed for co-op campaign.

          • Captain JJ Underleyened

            Many of them did. But if they’re going to focus on multiplayer then I fear it’s the death of another great SP game with a story.

        • Admiral Chief 0

          I hope not, I always loved the R6 campaign stories!

    • HvR

      They said it will have a single player campaign, but since I’ve only seen MP I’m afraid that it is going to be a 40min CoD/BF POS campaign.

      If there is isn’t an a proper 20+ mission SP campaign with proper working planning and tactical mechanism and good story (it is a f^&king TOM CLANCY (rest in peace) game after all) I’m going to be seriously pissed.

      • Captain JJ Underleyened

        So there goes Tom Clancy’s legacy.

    • oVg

      Yip that is the way it is now. I dont even bother getting Platinum trophies anymore as I do not have internet at home. Even The Shadow of Mordor has ONE, ONE FLIPPING trophy that requires on-line gameplay. Sneaky buggers.

      • Captain JJ Underleyened

        So it’s pretty much a “screw you” to anyone who doesn’t have internet, that’s the motto these days.

        • oVg

          Yes because the incentive is FREE DATA FARMING. That is why we are not allowed to unlock skins after completing the challenge off-line anymore.

        • Marcus

          It really does suck for those that do not have internet, I know, I was one of them a few months ago. But, and there is always a but, the amount of people playing online does give reason for the gaming industry to move in that direction. It does come with new problems tho, BF4 was not properly tested in a online capacity, Destiny just had it’s 1st BIG no-no and I do see more games falling into this trap. (Not going to get into SimCity)

          If you’re a gamer… get connected.

          • oVg

            Who would have thought that such an introverted past time would become 100% social. Not even a MANDATORY ON-LINE INTERNET CONNECTION REQUIRED warning is on the box of the Xbone. Gamers just accept it.

  • Sgt. M

    This looks insanely good. I wonder if they’ll have a purely support option allowing those who can’t shoot (Unlike myself who is the gaming version of Rambo) to act as your eyes and ears from the get go?

    • If you’re as bad as I am at shooter games, that option will kick in around five seconds after you start playing.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      “Sgt. M, we need you to be our eyes & ears.”
      “I’m happy to help how ever I can.”
      “I’m glad to hear that…” *bang* TK
      “You bastards!”

  • I love games with no respawn..it’s what made Gears of War’s multiplayer better for me than say, COD’s.

    • This a million times…

      • Mark Treloar

        Problem is that the least played game modes in both COD and BF support no respawns.

    • Admiral Chief 0

      Makes me remember my old CS days (pre source, I’m talking CS beta 3.1)

    • Captain JJ Underleyened

      Agreed. Makes you take it a bit more seriously.

    • Agreed.

  • Spaffy

    back to the way it should be in the first place.
    You have piqued my interest.

  • HvR
  • ReaperOfSquirrels

    Finally! A game that you can’t respawn in! So if you go running in and die like a fucktard, then you’re dead! Fucktard!

    • Kensei Seraph – Staff

      The problem is these “people” then rant about how useless their team is before (hopefully) rage quitting.

      • Captain JJ Underleyened

        In my case I get kicked for being the one dragging them down ;P

        • Admiral Chief 0

          Yes, you are the drag expert 😛

          • Captain JJ Underleyened

            Damn it

          • Admiral Chief 0

            XDXDXDXDXD

          • HAHA

      • Weanerdog

        No they stay around for the whole game telling you why you are a noob and what you are doing wrong and how they would do it better.

  • I like the idea of this. It makes each bullet count, and each movement. Like in paintball you don’t see people running mental (Well, you do, but they tend to end up hurting).

  • Maxiviper117

    Like Counter Strikes, Hostage rescue or bomb diffusely rounds, one life, then you spend the rest of the round watching others have all the action lol

    • Admiral Chief 0

      I still rock some CS from time to time. Awesome game

      • Captain JJ Underleyened

        GO is fun, but there’s something strangely superior about the old CS Source

        • Admiral Chief 0

          I was referring to Source (have not played the new one yet, sitting in ye olde backlog

          • Captain JJ Underleyened

            I knew you were referring to source, it is THE counter strike.

  • Weanerdog

    Mute dead player DLC only $50

  • Hammersteyn

    Am I the only one that thinks this will be the mother of all camping games?

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      The hills will carry the stench of camping! So Say we All!

    • All i heard in my head while reading was CAMP CAMP, and that sound the sniper rifle makes when they miss me

  • dawith

    Check out the new Americas army. It’s free on
    steam and there is also no respawns. And you can get a decent server in SA

    • bluegoon

      Much love for AA.

  • Rags

    I always loved this type of game. But they will never be popular sadly :(.

  • Norm (@e3zype3zy)

    I’ve always enjoyed the Rainbox Six franchise.

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