The Rainbow Six community has come alive in the past few weeks, as Ubi Soft announced two
new titles at E3, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon, and Rogue Spear: Black Thorn. Most of the coverage
and discussion has centered on Ghost Recon, while there has been some confusion about Black Thorn.
Today we'll take a look at Black Thorn based on our visits with RSE and Ubi Soft staff while at E3 this year.
So what exactly is this mysterious product that seemed to come from nowhere? Rogue Spear: Black Thorn is a
stand-alone expansion pack for Rogue Spear being developed by the Montreal office of Ubi Soft. Key Red Storm
employees are assisting in the development of the maps, including Ghost Recon lead level designer John
Sonedecker. Much like Covert Operations Essentials, the game can be played either as a stand-alone game, or
through the Urban Operations mod interface.
Many RS players were not happy with COE, because of the attention paid to the training side of it. BT will
not include any training CD or peripheral documentation, just good, old fashion, Rainbow missions. A total
of 16 maps, 10 single player and 6 multiplayer, are scheduled to be included. A list of 5 of the MP maps has
been released so far:
City Streets Small
Here's a current list of single player mission names:
The storyline focuses on a group of tangos that is performing "copycat" terrorist acts, that is, trying to
recreate terrorist actions from the past 50 years. Black Thorn will allow you to conquer these missions using
current day tactics and weapons.
Speaking of weapons, Black Thorn will add 14 new weapons to Rogue Spear, two of which will be "terrorist guns,"
or multiplayer only. Here is a complete list:
GALIL ARM (Terrorist)
Valmet M82 (Terrorist)
Another addition to game play will be an extra multiplayer mode, "Lone Wolf". Instead of traditional team
combat, this mode will pit a single player, with his/her choice of weapons, against up to 8 enemies armed
with only pistols.
So why should a Rogue Spear player buy Black Thorn only months before Ghost Recon is released? Remember
that although Ghost Recon looks to be an awesome game, it is a NEW game, and is not an extension of the
Rainbow Six series. Rogue Spear: Black Thorn looks to be an excellent extension of the Rogue Spear franchise,
with a scheduled release of October/November 2001.
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