For obvious reasons, Rainbow Six: Quarantine isn’t exactly a desirable name for a video game in 2021. The next game in Ubisoft’s long-running tactical shooter series was announced in 2019, a year before the coronavirus pandemic began and put people in quarantine for a year. Ubisoft already confirmed at a recent investor’s meeting Quarantine’s name would be changed to be sensitive to current events, but the company has yet to give a new subtitle. Last night, artwork for the game with the new title Rainbow Six: Parasite started circulating after it was uploaded to the PlayStation Network and discovered by MP1st. While this seemed for a moment to indicate Ubisoft had settled on a new moniker, the company has since released a statement claiming otherwise.
According to a statement issued to Eurogamer, Parasite is merely a placeholder Ubisoft is using internally, and not indicative of the title the game will have when it finally launches this year.
“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,” Ubisoft told Eurogamer in a statement.
“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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Whatever Rainbow Six: Quarantine ends up being called, the game will be a pretty substantial departure for the series in terms of setting and tone. While most Rainbow Six games are fairly straightforward tactical shooters, Quarantine is a horror-driven twist on the franchise. As the soon-to-be-changed name implies. It will come to PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S in 2021.