Ubisoft has released a new Rainbow Six Siege trailer that announces the crossover with NieR Replicant. The collaboration will bring the look of Square Enix’s latest game franchise to Ubisoft’s tactical shooter, with the promise of being just the beginning of new content.
Rainbow Six Siege is a tactical shooter released by Ubisoft in 2015. In the game, two teams with five players each face off to detonate or defuse the bomb or eliminate the opposing team first. NieR Replicant was released last year, and is a prequel to NieR: Automata. The game puts players in the role of a gentle boy who does everything to save his sister Yonah from danger. About two months ago a YouTube video leaked the collaboration between the two franchises, which is now official.
Starting November 21 players can purchase the Maverick Bundle, which turns Maverick into the protagonist of NieR Replicant. His weapons, the M4 GS and AR-15.50 assault rifles, and the 1911 TACOPS pistol, also appear with NieR-themed ornaments. The Grimoire Weiss, Replicant’s talking book that helps the protagonist on his journey, also appears in the Siege trailer. Although the trailer does not say, the leaked video revealed that Grimoire Weiss will be a weapon charm available in the game.
The end of the trailer, however, leaves a mystery in the air, showing a pair of boots next to the phrase “a YoRHa soldier is approaching…. Glory to mankind!” NieR players will easily associate the shoes with 2B from NieR: Automata. Ubisoft promises to reveal more NieR-related content at the Siege Season 4 reveal panel, so there is an expectation that 2B will also appear in the game. Previously 2B appeared as a playable character in Soulcalibur 6, and as a skin in Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout, Gravity Rush 2, and Babylon’s Fall.
The new season, dubbed Operation Solar Raid, will also see the arrival of a new map, Nighthaven Labs, and a new defense operator from Colombia. The game will also see changes to the Ranked 2.0 system with the introduction of new rank and progression tweaks and the arrival of Rainbow Six Siege cross-play and cross-progression. A battle pass update and customization of controls for console players are also among the upcoming features.
Maintaining relevance over the years is a challenge for multiplayer games like Rainbow Six Siege, but Ubisoft has worked on it with the constant addition of content like new operators and maps, as well as curious collaborations. The shooter has already turned operator Ash into Lara Croft from Tomb Raider, while Zofia has become a modernized version of Jill Valentine from Resident Evil. Fuze and Doc became Rick and Morty, respectively, and the Yakuza franchise joined the crossover list with skins by Kaoru Sayama for Hibana, and Goro Majima and the popular Kazuma Kiryu for Echo.
Rainbow Six Siege is available now for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Stadia, and Luna.
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