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Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear: Black Thorn

Friday, May 25, 2001 by TheDoc

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:

Alaska Depot
City Streets Small
Diamond Inclusion
Hidden Camp
Office Building

Here's a current list of single player mission names:

Kirtmand Zoo
Diamond Edge

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:

FN Five-seveN
Sig P228
Steyr SPP

Submachine Guns
Beretta M12
FN P90
Steyr TMP

Assault Rifles
GALIL ARM (Terrorist)
Valmet M82 (Terrorist)

Sniper Rifles
Sig SSG3000

Machine Guns

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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