Rainbow Six Extraction release date, system requirements, price, size, reviews, more

Rainbow Six Extraction – the latest game in the Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six franchise – is a multiplayer tactical shooter from Ubisoft that released on Thursday, hitting shelves more than six years after its popular predecessor, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege. The game was supposed to be released last year, but experienced some delays due to the coronavirus-induced pandemic. Rainbow Six Extraction builds an (alternate) story – but is a spin-off of its predecessor – where players manage 18 Operators to battle the parasitic Chimera and the different types of alien creatures called Archæans in the game.

Set in three cities, Rainbow Six Extraction is purely a cooperative PvE tactical shooter from Ubisoft. The game will be available on Ubisoft, Epic Games, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and Stadia. As mentioned, the new game is a spin-off of Rainbow Six Siege and uses many of its elements, the most important of which are the dozen and a half Operators.

Rainbow Six Extraction Review: Not Even For Rainbow Six Siege Diehards

Here’s everything you need to know about Rainbow Six Extraction:

Rainbow Six Extraction will be released on Thursday, January 20. Players in Asia and Oceania will be able to play the game from 12:00 a.m. AEDT (6:30 p.m. IST on January 19). It was originally scheduled for September 16, but delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the game by more than a few months.

Is Rainbow Six Extraction on Xbox Game Pass?

Yes, Xbox Game Pass subscribers will get free access from day one with their monthly subscription. This will include the Standard Edition of the game, not the Deluxe Edition.

Is Rainbow Six Extraction on Steam?

No, Ubisoft games are not launched on Steam. However, they can be downloaded through Ubisoft Store or Epic Games Store.

Ubisoft Store lists low, high, and ultra specs for PC players.

A scene from Rainbow Six Extraction
Photo credit: Ubisoft

System Requirements For Rainbow Six Extraction Low (1080p)

  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 3 1200 / Intel Core i5-4460
  • GPU: AMD RX 560 / Nvidia GeForce GTX 960
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • VRAM: 4 GB

System Requirements For Rainbow Six Extraction High (1080p)

  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 1600 / Intel Core i7-4790
  • GPU: AMD RX 580 / Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • VRAM: 8 GB (AMD) / 6 GB (Intel)

System Requirements For Rainbow Six Extraction High (1440p)

  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 2600X / Intel Core i5-8400
  • Graphics card: AMD RX 5600 XT / Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • VRAM: 6 GB

System Requirements For Rainbow Six Extraction Ultra (2160p)

  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X / Intel Core i9-9900K
  • GPU: AMD RX 6800XT / Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • VRAM: 16 GB (AMD) / 10 GB (Intel)

For Rainbow Six Extraction, players need at least Windows 10. Windows 11 is only mentioned as a requirement for High (1440p) and Ultra (2160p) PC system requirements. Expect the rest of the game to support Windows 11 for all four settings. Also, gamers need at least 85GB of free space on their PC, but gamers who want to play on Ultra (2160p) would need an additional 9GB for HD textures.

The download size of Rainbow Six Extraction on Xbox One S and Xbox One X is approximately 29 GB for the Deluxe Edition.

The new Tom Clancy Rainbow title has two editions: Standard and Deluxe. Standard Edition buyers would simply have access to the game and the Buddy Pass. Deluxe Edition players will get access to the game, the Buddy Pass, the Noxious Touch Pack, the Obscura Pack, and the React Strike Pack.

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A scene from the game
Photo credit: Ubisoft

What is the Buddy Pass? It allows players to invite two of their friends to try the game for 14 days. Post this, if friends decide to purchase the game for themselves, they will be able to access their saved in-game progress.

The Noxious Touch Pack includes the Noxious Touch uniform and headgear exclusively for Operator Alibi, as well as the universal Noxious Touch and Redeemer weapon skins. Players will also receive the Jawbreaker and the Guardian Angel Charm.

With Obscure Pack, players get the universal Cephal Black and Cerulean skins as well as Redacted and Anagram charms. Finally, the React Strike Bundle includes the Spectrum Universal Uniform, Headgear, and Weapon Skins. Additionally, it also includes the Lockjaw charm, six XP boosters for post-launch events, and 10% off in the in-game store.

There is also a third edition of the game – Guardian Edition. This appears to be limited to physical copies of Rainbow Six Extraction. It includes the base game as well as the Noxious Touch Pack and the Buddy Pass.

On the Epic Games Store, Rainbow Six Extraction is priced at Rs. 1,999 for the standard edition and Rs. 2,499 for the deluxe edition. The latest Tom Clancy title is priced at EUR 39.99 (around Rs. 3,400) and EUR 49.99 (around Rs. 4,200) for the Standard and Deluxe editions, respectively, on Ubisoft Store.

On the Microsoft Store for Xbox consoles, it is priced at Rs. 3,999 for the standard edition and Rs. 4,474 for the deluxe edition. The PlayStation Store lists the Standard Edition for Rs. 3,999 and the Deluxe Edition for Rs. 4,499.

On Games The Shop and GameLoot, the physical copy of Rainbow Six Extraction Guardian Edition is priced at Rs. 2,999 for PlayStation and Xbox consoles.

The new Tom Clancy title has 12 locations – called Containment Zones – across the United States. Players will have at least 13 tactical missions to complete in each Containment Zone. Ubisoft also mentioned five Archaean types – Sower, Tormentor, Lurker, Bloater, and Apex – and each has its own special abilities. There is also another type of antagonist in Rainbow Six Extraction called Proteans which is said to be the most dangerous of them all.

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A screenshot from the game Rainbow Six Extraction
Photo credit: Ubisoft

During each mission, you must complete a series of objectives where you start a drop site with two other teammates. As you progress, you must complete three objectives that change with each match. If an operator is MIA, you will be assigned an objective to retrieve the missing operator(s). However, MIA Objectives only spawn in the Containment Zones they were left in. Once players reach the MIA objective, they must shoot and kill the roots of the tree that captured the operator. It requires good coordination between the team to rescue the operator.

Our Rainbow Six Extraction review takes a mediocre view of the game, noting its low difficulty curve and drudgery-like gameplay among many flaws.

On review aggregator Metacritic at the time of writing, Rainbow Six Extraction holds a 72 Metascore based on 24 critical reviews, which describe a mixed or average reception of the Ubisoft game.

On other OpenCritic review aggregators, Rainbow Six Extraction achieves a “Fair” rating, with a reviewer consensus that reads: “While the co-op gameplay is certainly fun, reviewers were skeptical of the game’s longevity. ‘Extraction given its price, poor balance, steep difficulty curve and lack of endgame.’

The Gadgets 360 review is part of the OpenCritic rating and is the Top Critic average.

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