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Rainbow Six Siege designer promises "next-gen destruction," male hostages

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The Rainbow Six Siege gameplay video that debuted at E3 made quite a splash, as hostage-takers and police combined to reduce a nice suburban home into a pile of splinters. It's a level of destruction we haven't seen before, designer Andrew Witts explained in a new Ubiblog post , because the technology to bring it to glorious life wasn't available until now.

That extreme destructibility forms the "core" of Rainbow Six Siege, Witts said, and that's a point Ubisoft really wants to hammer home. "We're stressing that as far as we can because it's the center of the experience. The destruction is fully procedural and based on its materials. So when you blow up a wall that's made of wood, it will splinter and break and be cut like a wood wall would be if you put a breach charge on it," he said. "The next-gen destruction system is really what brings us forward as far as gameplay goes."

And despite being coy about it in an interview with PC Gamer at E3 , Witts also confirmed that there will be more hostages than just the helpless housewife shown in the trailer. "Of course, it won't only be female hostages. There will be both male and female hostages," he said. "I can't say how many there will be in total, but we will definitely have both."

Rainbox Six Siege is currently expected to launch sometime in 2015.

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.