Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six

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Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six
Genre(s)Tactical shooter
First-person shooter
Developer(s)Red Storm Entertainment
Ubisoft Milan
Ubisoft Montreal
Ubisoft Shanghai
Ubisoft Quebec
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows, Nintendo 64, PlayStation, Classic Mac OS, Game Boy Color, Dreamcast, Game Boy Advance, Xbox, PlayStation 2, GameCube, macOS, Mobile phone, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Xbox 360, iOS, Xperia Play, Android, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Amazon Luna, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S
First releaseRainbow Six
August 21, 1998
Latest releaseRainbow Six Mobile

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six (often shortened to Rainbow Six) is a tactical first-person shooter video game franchise by Ubisoft, based on the novel Rainbow Six by American author Tom Clancy. Critically and commercially successful, the franchise revolves around a fictional international counterterrorist organization called Rainbow.


Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six follows Rainbow (often stylized as RAINBOW; alternatively Team Rainbow), a secret multinational counterterrorist organization. The series is set in the canon Tom Clancy's universe, the same universe shared by Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon.

Formed in 1999 by the world's military, law enforcement, and intelligence agencies to combat the post-Cold War global rise in terrorism, Rainbow consists of "operators" from nations and organizations worldwide, ranging from special forces soldiers and police tactical unit officers to field experts and intelligence officers, trained and equipped to become the most capable counterterrorist operators in the world, able to effectively handle any terrorist attack, hostage rescue, or takedown that local authorities cannot. Rainbow is headquartered in Hereford, England, but has global jurisdiction and can base themselves at intelligence agency headquarters (such as Langley, Virginia) should their continued presence in a region be necessary.

Due to the sensitive nature of their operations, such as being deployed in multinational incidents or against threats possessing weapons of mass destruction, and to simply prevent terrorists from knowing of their existence, Rainbow operates in complete secrecy, with only top government, military, and intelligence officials knowing of their existence. Cover-ups are often conducted after their deployments to disguise them as local law enforcement or military units, omit details that could alarm the public, or prevent the reporting of certain deployments.

The leader of Rainbow is designated "Rainbow Six" (or just "Six"), a reference to the American rank code for captain (O-6).[1] The first Six, and founder of Rainbow, was U.S. Navy SEAL and CIA operations officer John Clark, who led the organization until his retirement.[a] Since then, numerous individuals have led Rainbow, the current Six being Harry Pandey.[b]

Though the Rainbow Six universe is generally grounded in reality and maintains its basic premise, recent installments and plot events partially depart from the series' established setting or Rainbow's traditional organizational policies, with Rainbow organizing a publicly-visible tactics competition,[b] recruiting non-military/police or independent operators such as private military company "Nighthaven",[b] or being deployed to defeat invading extraterrestrials.[c]

Video games[edit]

The first game was developed by Red Storm Entertainment, while the novel was being written.[2] Red Storm was later acquired by Ubisoft.[3]

List of games[edit]

Overview of released games
Title PC versions Console
Handheld console and mobile Comments
Rainbow Six Windows (1998); Mac OS (1999) N64, PS1 (1999); DC (2000) GBC (2000)
Rainbow Six Mission Pack: Eagle Watch Windows (1999) DC, PS1 (1999) expansion pack
Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear Windows (1999); macOS (2001) DC (2000); PS1 (2001) GBA (2002)
Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear Mission Pack Urban Operations Windows (2000) DC (2000) expansion pack
Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear Covert Ops Essentials Windows (2000) expansion pack (stand-alone)
Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear Black Thorn Windows (2001) expansion pack (stand-alone)
Rainbow Six: Take-Down – Missions in Korea Windows (2001) Not released outside of South Korea (stand-alone)
Rainbow Six: Lone Wolf PS1 (2002)
Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield Windows, macOS (2003) Xbox (2003); PS2, GameCube (2004) Mobile phone (2004)
Rainbow Six 3: Athena Sword Windows, macOS (2004) expansion pack
Rainbow Six 3: Black Arrow Xbox (2004)
Rainbow Six 3: Iron Wrath Windows (2005) expansion pack (DLC)
Rainbow Six: Broken Wings Mobile phone (2003)
Rainbow Six: Urban Crisis Mobile phone (2003)
Rainbow Six: Lockdown Windows (2006) PS2, Xbox, GameCube (2005) Mobile phone (2005)
Rainbow Six: Critical Hour Xbox (2006)
Rainbow Six: Vegas Windows (2006) PS3, X360 (2007) Mobile phone (2006); PSP (2007)
Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 Windows (2008) PS3, X360 (2008)
Rainbow Six: Shadow Vanguard iOS, Xperia Play (2011); Android (2012) Based on the original
Rainbow Six Siege[4] Windows (2015) PS4, Xbox One (2015); PS5, Xbox Series X/S (2020); Luna (2022) Online-only reboot
Rainbow Six Extraction[5] Windows (2022) PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Luna
Rainbow Six Mobile[6] iOS, Android (2023)


  1. ^ As depicted in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Critical Hour.
  2. ^ a b c As depicted in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege and its later updates.
  3. ^ As depicted in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Extraction, which is considered non-canon.


  1. ^ Tucker, Jake (4 December 2015). "The agony and ecstasy behind the first Rainbow Six". Retrieved 17 June 2022.
  2. ^ Upton, Brian (21 January 2000). "Postmortem: Redstorm's Rainbow Six". Gamasutra. Archived from the original on 4 August 2001. Retrieved 6 August 2007.
  3. ^ "Life at Red Storm". Red Storm Entertainment. Retrieved 30 October 2022.
  4. ^ "Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege | Ubisoft (US)". Retrieved 3 November 2022.
  5. ^ "Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Extraction | Ubisoft (US)". Retrieved 3 November 2022.
  6. ^ "Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Mobile | Ubisoft (US)". Retrieved 3 November 2022.

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