While the E3 demo of Rainbow Six: Siege only featured a female hostage, the full game will let you rescue men, as well.
In an interview with Rock Paper Shotgun, technical artist Oliver Couture said that male hostages were “part of the plan,” so your concerns about Siege solely being a perpetual damsel-in-distress machine can be put on hold, at least for the time being. He also noted that the team is trying to create hostages that behave and react like real people, not just human-shaped flags waiting to be captured.
“We’re trying to define next-gen with the hostage,” he said. “We call that a ‘living hostage.’ So she’ll react to explosions and things like that. It’s pretty cool. She’ll cough because of the dirt in the air, she covers herself when there’s shooting – those sorts of things. We want the player to be able to move her into different positions, for there to be fluid controls. It’s a balance between player comfort and reality.”
Frankly, though, I’m amazed they’re going to include both genders in the first place. I mean, it’s essentially double the production work for them—double the animations, double the voices, double the visual assets. I didn’t think Ubisoft Montreal had access to that level of development resources.
Rainbow Six: Siege is due out sometime in 2015 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. For more info about the game, check out our hands-on impressions from E3.