Once more unto the breach, dear friends. As the first-person shooter franchise that legitimized the "breach and clear" tactic, there seems to be no better way to bring the Rainbow Six franchise back to the mainstream than with those iconic words.
Ubisoft has finally released the launch trailer for Rainbow Six: Siege, in anticipation of the game's December 1 release date, and it's enough to get one's blood rushing. It takes those iconic Shakespearean words, and shows the action and pathos behind them.
A slow burn of a trailer, the promo fades in with a monologue -- performed admirably by actor Mark Strong (Kingsman: The Secret Service, Green Lantern) -- from Shakespeare's Henry, underscored by a classical orchestral soundtrack. As the monologue chronicles the glory of men entering battle, and rallies the troops, footage from the game is played showing two factions going after one another in a variety of S.W.A.T. style scenarios. When the action fades, the narrator repeats the phrase "once more unto the breach, dear friends," as the game's soldiers walk off to glory, and the words "Heroes of our times" appears on screen.
This trailer seems to reinforce the message of the game's marketing campaign: Rainbow Six: Siege intended to be a thinking man's game. While competitor Call of Duty utilizes fast paced, action-heavy commercials that feature current A-list celebrities and classic rock music, Rainbow Six takes a different approach to suit its different style of gameplay. While there will most certainly be gunfights and explosions in this Tom Clancy outing, the game has an overall slower pace that relies more heavily on strategy and tactical thinking than quick reflexes and agility.
Of course, none of this cerebral marketing will count for anything without solid game design. Players will only partake in a strategic and tactical style of combat if the mechanics of the game work well enough to allow it -- otherwise everything could devolve into simple run and gun tactics.
Rainbow Six: Siege drops on December 1st, 2015 on the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One platforms. An open beta will take between November 25–29 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC platforms in anticipation of the game’s wide release.