Ubisoft has announced Rainbow Six Mobile, a standalone version of its tactical first-person shooter for iOS and Android. The free-to-play game is expected to launch later this year.
Just like in Rainbow Six Siege, mobile players will face off in 5v5 PvP matches. However, they will be shorter (around 8-12 minutes).
While the game’s main mode is Attack vs. Defense, Rainbow Six Mobile will also offer classic modes like Secure Area and Bomb. It will also feature maps from Siege, including Bank and Border.
Rainbow Six Mobile is led by a new team at Ubisoft Montreal, with the help of colleagues from Quebec, Winnipeg, Bucharest, Kyiv, Paris, and other cities. The game has been in development for three years.
The team noted that it doesn’t want the Siege fans to abandon PC or console: “We know there is nothing like the adrenaline rush of a close Siege match on the big screen or the precision of a mouse and keyboard. Since we can’t carry our monitors with us everywhere, Rainbow Six Mobile will give you the opportunity to play the game you love in short, accessible bursts, while also enabling millions of new players to get the R6 experience.”
Rainbow Six Mobile is Ubisoft’s attempt to strengthen its position in the mobile market. FPS is one of the most popular genres on iOS and Android right now, so it is no surprise that the world’s biggest publishers are trying to break into this niche.
However, Ubisoft might face a lot of challenges trying to compete with top-grossing mobile shooters. For example, Activision’s Call of Duty: Mobile recently surpassed $1.5 billion in revenue since its launch. PUBG Mobile generates millions of dollars every day, crossing a $7 billion mark last November.