Fans of the Tom Clancy's series were excited to hear that the upcoming spinoff Rainbow Six Quarantine could possibly be releasing as early as March 2021. However, disappointment quickly became the prevailing mood as developer Ubisoft confirmed that this rumor was false. Currently the game, which was officially delayed in October due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, is only scheduled to release at an unspecified date in the 2021-2022 fiscal year.
The rumor began to spread when a March 21, 2021 release date for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC was listed via Ubisoft's Connect service. Fans were excited, as this release date was significantly earlier than expected. However, it also led to a number of jokes spread online, as March 2020 was the month when the majority of international COVID-19 lockdown and quarantine orders began.
The unfortunate connections between Rainbow Six Quarantine and the current state of the world have been made since early last year. It is a spin-off of the main Rainbow Six Siege title inspired by the popular but unfortunately time-limited in-game Outbreak event. Quarantine will be centered around PvE rather than PvP combat, with squads of three players fighting against the spread of a deadly parasite.
A spokesperson for Ubisoft told gaming news source IGN that the date appearing in Ubisoft Connect was incorrect, and that Quarantine will not be released in March. However, this statement did not include any announcement of an official release date for the highly anticipated title.
Is it possible that Quarantine's release is continually pushed back due to the spread of the coronavirus and the still-ongoing quarantines around the world? Nothing has been confirmed, but there is definitely a chance that this could be the case. So far, the game has been officially delayed twice following its initial reveal at E3 2019.