Rainbow Six Extraction Gameplay Explained - REACT Operators

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Rainbow Six Extraction gameplay was officially premiered during the latest Ubisoft Forward event at E3 2021.

As the next chapter in the Rainbow Six series, this time around, Ubisoft offers a co-op experience. Rainbow Six Extraction might sound like a new mode for Siege rather than a standalone game, but you might change your mind about it once you get to know more about the Rainbow Six Extraction gameplay system. Now, let’s jump right in.

What is the Genre?

Rainbow Six Extraction is a first-person tactical PvE co-op shooter game developed by Ubisoft Montreal. The game is in an alternative version of Rainbow Six Siege universe, featuring the same core gameplay elements.

What’s the Story?

An alien invasion into the earth united all Rainbow Six operators against a dangerous threat. The Rainbow Six team formed up a new unite called REACT and managed to trap aliens in various containment zones around the world, but they started evolving inside the zones.

Now, your mission is to visit different containment zones and accomplish different objectives. Using the procedural generation system in the game will help it to deliver a unique experience for players in each playthrough.

Who Are the Operators?

Up to this point, we have only seen Siege operators in Extraction. It seems the game won’t have any exclusive operators, for now. As the official website announces, there will be 18 operators available at launch. Unfortunately, it doesn’t reveal all the operators, but we already know about a number of them:

  • Sledge
  • Alibi
  • Ela
  • Pulse
  • Finka
  • Lion
  • Doc
  • Vigil
  • Hibana
  • Nomad
  • Tachanka

Deep Dive Into the Rainbow Six Extraction Gameplay

Overall Rules:

Unlike Siege, Rainbow Six Extraction offers a PvE co-op experience where all operators are categorized in the same group, so there will be no Attackers or Defenders.

You can play each mission solely or in co-op mode with up to 2 teammates. Each mission requires infiltrating into a containment zone dominated by evolved aliens.

Before breaking into a containment zone, you will receive mission instruction from the REACT HQ. Each mission has its own objectives, and they require different strategies.

New Gameplay Features:

The special gadgets/abilities of the operators are almost the same as Siege. You will still have your deployable drones, and the same weapons, but there are some new gadgets too.

All operators will have a flashlight on their weapons called REACT Light. This will help you to identify aliens through destructible walls, similar to an infrared camera. Moreover, you will have a REACT Threat Sensor, letting you know about the arrival of big aliens like Smasher.


There will be 10 different types of aliens at launch as enemies. They are categorized into different tiers which indicate how tough it is to deal with them. Each alien type has its own offensive and defensive skills. You will need to know their abilities before finding the best approach.

There’s a parasite in the game called Sprawl which spreads all over the surfaces. Sprawl acts like a communication environment for aliens. If two aliens stand on connected Sprawl, and if of them notices a threat, the other one will be alerted too. Also, Sprawl doubles up the movement speed of aliens while it slows down the players. You can wipe out Sprawl from any surface by shooting at it.


The game will have 12 containment zones at launch. Each mission is supposed to feel different, thanks to the procedurally generated enemies that will make the situation unpredictable for players.

Each map has multiple sub-zones. Before entering each sub-zone you can take a break, regroup, and resupply at Airlock rooms. The further you go in sub-zones, the higher-tier enemies will stand in your way. After finishing your objective in each sub-zone, you can either exfill the extraction and finish the mission, or go further into the next sub-zone.

If an operator dies in a sub-zone, he/she will go into the MIA (Missing in Action) situation. In such a condition, the operator will be trapped by aliens, and you will need to complete a rescue mission to unlock your missed operator and get him/her back to your squad.

Now that you’ve learned about the Rainbow Six Extraction gameplay system, would you try it out when it launches?

Rainbow Six Extraction will be out on September 17, 2022 on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Stadia, and PC.