Update: Ubisoft have confirmed that Rainbow Six Parasite is the new name for Rainbow Six Quarantine, but only in the capacity as an internal placeholder title while they deliberate on another, more appealing name.
In a statement to Eurogamer, a Ubisoft spokesperson said, “While we recently shared that we will be changing the name of Rainbow Six Quarantine, ‘Parasite’ is only a placeholder that our internal teams use. Recently, we ran an internal test for the game and some of its details became public. We can confirm this is a glimpse of the upcoming game, and we will share more details, including the official name, soon.”
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Images for a game titled Rainbow Six Parasite have been discovered online via the PlayStation Network, potentially revealing the new name of Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy co-op shooter, Rainbow Six Quarantine.
The leaked data comes via orbispatches.com, a site that scrapes the PlayStation Network for details on games including their file size, update version number, and release date. A 1.01 version of Rainbow Six Quarantine has been unearthed with a game install size of 14.2GB.
Digging a little deeper, MP1st were able to mine a number of images from the data file which have fuelled speculation as to which direction Ubisoft are taking with Rainbow Six Quaratine.
The images show key art for the upcoming Tom Clancy title as well as a PlayStation dashboard icon, both branded with the name Rainbow Six Parasite. The artwork has a striking black and yellow colour scheme and features fan favourite Rainbow Six Siege Operator, Ela, being corrupted by a stringy, black alien substance. Another image shows a PlayStation Vita diagram, presumably for Rainbow Six Parasite’s remote play functionality.
While it is known that Ubisoft are changing the title of Rainbow Six Quarantine – the original title having undesired connotations tied to the current Covid-19 pandemic and the need for quarantines and lockdowns – they have yet to release a statement to address these data leaks and will likely remain silent as we approach the Six Invitational 2021. This is the biggest event on the Rainbow Six Siege esports calendar with the play-offs taking place in Paris this weekend. Ubisoft have traditionally revealed every new season of Siege content in a panel ahead of the final match of their quarterly tournaments.
However, it’s the Six Invitational where they set out their roadmap for the year ahead. This weekend we’ll be getting a detailed brief on Rainbow Six Siege Year 6 – the panel being an ideal place to also reveal Rainbow Six Parasite too, maybe?
Rainbow Six Quarantine was originally announced during Ubisoft’s E3 2019 showcase but since then we’ve heard very little about the game.