Rainbow Six Siege brings about the apocalypse in today’s new event

It’s the end of the world as we know it…

It’s tough being a member of melodramatic counter-terrorist strike team Rainbow. One moment your saving hostages and Fuzing your own teammates, the next you are literally the last hope for the continued survival of all mankind. At least that’s what’s Rainbow Six Siege fans are being led to believe in the multiplayer shooter’s brand new event: Apocalypse.

Kicking off today and running through May 18, Apocalypse is a limited-time event that sees a handful of Team Rainbow’s operators tasked with protecting the last bastion of life after some dreadful, ungodly war. The new mode sees a team of Defenders — comprised of Maestro, Melusi, Rook, Smoke, and Valkyrie — protecting Earth’s last living plant from a team of Attackers, consisting of Fuze, Gridlock, Maverick, Nomad, and Twitch.

What this essentially boils down to is a scaled-down variant of the “Bomb” game mode, with the intriguing difference that Defenders can transport the plant (or “bomb”) around the map, making it harder for Attackers to pinpoint its whereabouts. To even up the odds, Attackers have access to room scanners, offering them a heads up as to whether a Defender is in an adjacent room (but not telling them exactly where in said room they are located).

In keeping with the Apocalyptic theme, the new mode takes place of the much-maligned Outback map, which looked like Judgement Day before it got its apocalyptic overall. Of course, all of the participating operators receive delightfully Mad Max-style skins, which are available to purchase in Rainbow Six Siege‘s Alpha Packs. The very coming of the Four Horsemen might be on the horizon, but there’s always room for Loot Boxes. I must say that Melusi in particular looks very badass, like she’s just wandered in from Apex Legends.

Chris Moyse
Senior Editor - Chris has been playing video games since the 1980s. Former Saturday Night Slam Master. Graduated from Galaxy High with honors.