Earlier this month month, Ubisoft posted a detailed blog explaining that it would be making a number of aesthetic changes to Rainbow Six Siege in its next update, removing blood, sex, and gambling references in preparation for its move into "Asian territories". The publisher has now announced that it will be reverting those changes in response to community feedback.
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Rainbow Six Siege is poised to receive the fourth and final season update for its current Year 3 schedule and, in anticipation, Ubisoft has revealed first details on its new Morocco-themed map and two new Operators.
Siege's Year Three Season Four update, more memorably known as Operation Wind Bastion, is focussed on Morocco's Groupe d'Intervention de La Gendarmerie Royale (GIGR). Its headline features, all geographically appropriate, have been outlined in a new blog post.
"Rainbow Six has secured permission to use the renowned fortress located in the Atlas Mountains," explains Ubisoft, and it's here that Siege's new map, at least part of which unfolds within a mud brick Kasbah, is situated. "Enjoy unprecedented roof access," the publisher continues, "but do try to stay focused despite the breathtaking oasis just next door."
Ubisoft has announced that it will be making "aesthetic changes" to Rainbow 6 Siege ahead of the game's release in "Asian territories". However, fans aren't happy that this newly sanitised version will be the global default.
Guerrilla Games has been acquiring talent from Ubisoft's Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege team.
An eagle-eyed member of ResetEra (via PushSquare) noticed the Horizon: Zero Dawn developer had recently taken on a couple of Six alumni, including game director Simon Larouche who joined Guerrilla nine months ago for a game described only as "Secret Game is Secret!".
This is Larouche's second stint at Guerrilla, having previously worked on Killzone 2 before leaving the studio to join Ubisoft in 2009.
Everyone knows the story of Rainbow Six Siege's troubled launch, and how Ubisoft managed to bring it back from the brink of failure to become one of the most successful games around. But what most people don't know is Siege's esports scene followed a similar path, with disaster striking at the first ever LAN event that was supposed to kickstart the competitive side of the game.
It's bumper update day for Rainbow Six Siege and servers are currently down (or just returning) while Operation Grim Sky rolls out for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Rainbow Six Siege has fully unveiled its next two operators, adding a new attacker and defender to the game's roster.
True to its name, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege is currently the sixth most-played game on Steam. But those numbers could soon be pumped up, as the game is having another free weekend to attract new players.
This year's Pride month had a greater presence in gaming than any before it. Several companies adopted pride colours over their well known logos, PlayStation sponsored London Pride and The Last of Us 2's lesbian kiss took centre stage at E3, the world's biggest gaming event. The talk online seemed to be that gaming was now an inclusive space and the conservative elements holding it back had at last been vanquished.
UDDATE 9/8/18: Ubisoft has fully revealed its previously teased 'renovations' for Rainbow Six Siege's ageing Hereford Base map in a brand new trailer.
Ubisoft suspended 1300 Rainbow Six Siege players it found were boosted by cheaters - in a week.
Well, that was Amazon Prime Day 2018. The summer sales festivities are now over - if you managed to grab some bargains, good on you - but if not, fear not - Black Friday 2018 is just around the corner, like it or not. We've already got our guide to the best Black Friday gaming deals up and running, ready to update with all the latest deals and discounts as and when they arrive, so be sure to bookmark that one.
Ubisoft is auto-banning Rainbow Six Siege players who use hate speech - and some players are using this to their advantage.
Ubisoft has revealed Rainbow Six Siege's next big update: Operation Para Bellum.
Year three season two of Ubisoft's popular competitive multiplayer shooter game kicks off in June and adds two new defending operators, Alibi and Maestro, and a new map set in the Italian countryside called Villa. Elsewhere, the update adjusts operator speed and adds the Pick & Ban setting.
Alibi is an infiltration specialist in the Italian Gruppo di Intervento Speciale (G.I.S.) unit who has a deployable hologram. Maestro is another member of the G.I.S. and uses a bulletproof remote access turret that can see through smoke and fire laser beams.
Editor's note: Back when Rainbow Six Siege first launched at the tail-end of 2015, we found it a slight and occasionally spectacular multiplayer game. In the time since, it's flourished into something else, and with the start of season three recently, we thought it an opportune time to jump back in and reassess Ubisoft's tactical shooter.
History suggests that games like Rainbow Six Siege do not last especially long. This is the sort
of tactical shooter that modders used to craft out of bits of Quake or Half-Life, a paean to depth for depth's sake that seems destined to be adored in hindsight by the passionate minority that actually played it at the time. Yet here we are: now entering its third year, Siege is one of the world's most popular shooters. Its success can, in some ways, be seen as a forerunner of the dazzling rise of PUBG and Fortnite: in rejecting Call of Duty's Skinner box simplicity, Ubisoft has found an audience hungry for games where failure is unforgiving and success means more.
This weekend saw the world's best Rainbow Six Siege players battle it out in the game's 2018 Invitational tournament - and Ubisoft was on hand to detail what was next for the game.
Xbox Live members without a Gold membership can play online multiplayer for free until the end of the weekend.
Ubisoft has announced that it will be holding a free play weekend for Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege, starting on Thursday February 15th.
Ubisoft has shared more details on Rainbow Six Siege's upcoming co-operative Outbreak event, and it looks like zombies and aliens are both along for the ride.
Outbreak is free to all players, and runs from March 6th to April 3rd. It forms a major part of Ubisoft's first "season" of Year 3 Rainbow Six Siege content, known as Project Chimera.
Up until now, not too much was known about Outbreak, beyond the fact that its three-player co-operative campaign would, in all likelihood, involve zombies in some form. Ubisoft is far less cagey in its latest blog post, however, offering a full breakdown of the event, alongside a scene-setting story synopsis, and suitably atmospheric new teaser trailer:
UPDATE 30/1/18: Ubisoft has responded to the fan outcry over recent Rainbow Six Siege announcements by offering players a free premium skin.
Ubisoft has announced a new addition to Ubisoft Club, its somewhat nebulous layer of cross-game friction. The new addition is called Sam, and it's a personal gaming assistant.
Sam has two elements, by the looks of it. It provides personalised tips for you based on your profile - on loading up a game it might point you towards things you haven't yet tried in it - and it also exists as a chatbot, accessed via your smartphone.
The video below shows someone using the bot to find out how much time they've put into a game, and then spy on their friend. Their friend is playing Steep, so they're my kind of people, frankly.
Steadily, patiently, Ubisoft has made a big success of Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege and it's lovely to see. The game had a rocky start in December 2015, but has now passed 25 million registered players.
Ubisoft's 'years' of seasonal content for the game are one of the major reasons why. They bring new maps and special forces characters themed around various regions of the world. They're paid-for additions.
The latest of these is Operation White Noise, which has just gone live for all platforms - PC, PS4 and Xbox One. This adds the Myeok Tower map, set far above the South Korean city of Seoul, and three new operators to play as: Dokkaebi, Vigil and Zofia.
A third year of Rainbow Six Siege content has been announced, to run in four quarterly seasons beginning January 2018, as normal, and with two new operatives per drop and new maps along the way.
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege will be free to play this weekend on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.
While Ubisoft's esporting ambitions for Rainbow Six Siege are as explicit in its design as its expanding roster of League of Legends-inspired Operatives and strategically-placed cavity walls, with the recent announcement that 2.3m people play the game every day, there's a sense that the counter-terrorism reboot is finally moving into the big, big league.
Developer Ubisoft Montreal has announced big changes to map playlists for both ranked and casual matches in Rainbow Six: Siege.
Rainbow Six Siege will be free to play this weekend from 24th-28th August. This limited time trial's exact times will be as follows:
Rainbow Six Siege's next lump of new content, Operation Blood Orchid, launches alongside a spooky map set in a theme park.
Rainbow Six Siege gets a new map and three new operators on 29th August, Ubisoft has announced.
It's not often big publishers warn their customers about the size of an upcoming patch, but that's exactly what Ubisoft has done with Rainbow Six Siege.
In a post on the Rainbow Six website, Ubisoft revealed the size of its upcoming season three patch for the various platforms the game is on.
If you're on PC with Ultra HD, the patch is a gargantuan 42GB. If you're on PC without Ultra HD, it's 26GB.
Rainbow Six Siege struggled when it launched in December 2015. It failed to generate much excitement and reviews were lukewarm. Fast forward 20 months and Siege is one of the biggest first-person shooters around. The turnaround, it seems, is complete.
Ubisoft is adding loot boxes to Rainbow Six Siege in an update rolling out from today.
Patch 2.1.1. introduces Alpha Packs, a "chance-based loot system". Ubisoft gave players a heads up the blind boxes would be added earlier this year, although they've taken a while to materialise.
PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the game will all get the update from today in a "staggered release", Ubisoft explained in a new blog post.
Ubisoft has said it will spend the next three months working on fixing Rainbow Six Siege's tech issues amid growing unrest from its community of players.
"Two prisoners whose cells adjoin communicate with each other by knocking on the wall," goes an aphorism penned by the French mystic and political activist Simone Weil. "The wall is the thing which separates them but is also their means of communication. It is the same with us and god. Every separation is a link." I doubt Weil would have been very pleased to see this sentiment applied to a video game like Rainbow Six: Siege - in which the only god is line-of-sight, and tapping on walls is a great way to get yourself shot in the ear. But I like to think she'd have appreciated how creatively players of such games reach out to one another through the simulation's constraints, especially once you remove direct speech from the equation.
Rainbow Six: Siege is free to play on all platforms this weekend.
Tactical multiplayer shooter Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege just released a pass for the game's previously teased second year.
Rainbow Six Siege's first year is coming to an end, but Ubisoft has already promised to support the game for a second year.
Rainbow Six Siege's fourth major update Operation Red Crow comes out 17th November.
Rainbow Six Siege Season 3 begins 2nd August with the release of Brazilian themed expansion Operation Skull Rain.
Ubisoft has issued a warning to Rainbow Six Siege cheaters and hackers: you'll suffer a permanent ban on first offense.
Rainbow Six: Siege can now be purchased on PC at a discounted price via a new Starter Edition that eschews many of the game's features.
Rainbow Six Siege fans have called on Ubisoft to fix a major new bug, dubbed by the game's community as the "Shadowman".
The glitch makes other players appear as a black shadow, who glides around the map while standing completely upright and still. Spooky.
In reality, what seems to be happening is that players are appearing in other people's games as a static texture - even if they are running, crouched or crawling along the floor.
Rainbow Six Siege is brilliant. I've not had this much fun with an online shooter in ages so yesterday's release of the games first DLC pack was cause for celebration.
Rainbow Six: Siege's first big update has landed across Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC, with a new map and two new operators now part of Ubisoft's multiplayer-focussed shooter.
Rainbow Six Siege will receive a separate Hardcore playlist for those who want an extra challenge without mucking up their overall ranking.
Open world explodathon Just Cause 3 has blasted into the UK chart in fourth place.
Emerging from the ashes of the cancelled Rainbow Six Patriots, Ubisoft's latest entry in the franchise has finally arrived as Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege on Xbox One, PS4, and the PC. It's a tactical multiplayer shooter built on Ubisoft's AnvilNext engine offering a selection of subtly beautiful, realistic locales ripe for action. The fact that a small scale, tactical first person shooter has been created using technology designed for large scale open world games is surprising but the results are excellent. The benefits of AnvilNext are abundantly clear with very natural lighting and realistic materials throughout each map. Rainbow Six Siege is not an inherently flashy game, but if you stop and look around its environments, there is a lot of beauty to appreciate. Many of the interiors sport very natural indirect lighting along with realistic stone and metal work reminiscent of the gorgeous Assassin's Creed Unity.
The real star of the show here is Realblast - this technology enables fully destructive environments on a micro scale. Rather than leveling whole buildings a la Battlefield, players are instead able to procedurally destroy structures piece by piece. You can chip away at drywall with a pistol, blow holes in the floor beneath your enemy with a shotgun, or simply plant an explosive charge and blow down an entire barricade. Bullet penetration is also in full effect here and the sound effects of rounds piercing different surfaces vary greatly based on material composition.
This technology truly changes the game here and leads to one of the most dynamic shooters we've ever played. It's fascinating to see the ways in which this can be used. Popping holes in the ceiling to monitor an entrance, taking out enemies through the wall while hanging upside down from the roof, or simply confusing the enemy by triggering simultaneous explosions around them. Even when it felt as if we had a grasp of the basic strategy for a map, we were regularly surprised by what creative players could pull off. Crucially, Realblast is present and accounted for in all three versions of the game but how do the rest of the visuals stack up?
Making plans is fun, but seeing them unfurl at your feet can be even more thrilling. We're two rounds apiece and heading into the tie-breaker in Rainbow Six Siege's banner multiplayer mode, and every move of our five-man squad has been sketched out meticulously. There are two team-mates on the roof and another two moving up the stairs, each pair slowly infringing upon the dusty confines of a cult's countryside complex. My task, quite simply, is to put the fear into our enemy, rattling my sabre and banging bullets through the windows of the little fort they've built for themselves, making them squirm as they swarm around the hostage being guarded in the middle of the room.
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It's been seven long years since we last had a Rainbow Six game, and the multiplayer-focussed Siege could well have been worth the wait. I've been ploughing through it across both PC and PS4, and while it's not without its problems, when it all clicks into place it's absolutely fantastic.
Editor's note: This piece is based upon an event in London, where we played through Rainbow Six Siege's modes on PC over a couple of days. Our full review will be up later this week once we've been able to get adequate experience of the game running on live servers.
UPDATE 26/11/15 4.55pm The Rainbow Six: Siege open beta will finally go live today at 5pm UK time. That's... right about now!
"We want to thank everyone who is participating in this beta," Ubisoft said. "Your feedback helps. For everyone who hasn't been able to play as yet, we apologise for the inconvenience and we appreciate your patience and understanding."
UPDATE 26/11/15 8.15am: Ubisoft has detailed the issue currently delaying the roll-out of the game's open beta, and reassured fans that all will be fixed before the game's full launch next week.
The Rainbow Six Siege open beta will be available from 25th-29th November, Ubisoft has announced.
Those who got into the closed beta will gain access to it 24 hours early on the 24th. (Exact launch times vary by region.)
The Rainbow Six Siege open beta will contain three maps (Kanal, Hereford and House) along with three game modes. These include two PvP modes, Bomb and Secure Area, along with the PvE Disarm Bomb mode in which 1-5 players must take out a unit of terrorists. Once you infiltrate the base and disarm the enemies' bomb, they'll start swarming you from outside so you'll have to set up defenses in an Assault on Precinct 13-like scenario. Johnny rather liked solo-ing this mode.
Last week Ubisoft provided a rundown of all the content it would be adding to Rainbow Six Siege for its first year after launch on 1st December. Now the publisher has explained what you get for buying a Season Pass.
Ubisoft has released the following PC system requirements for Rainbow Six Siege, due 1st December along with its PS4 and Xbox One brethren:
Ubisoft has outlined its post-launch plans for Rainbow Six Siege, due 1st December on PS4, Xbox One and PC.
Over the course of the game's first year out the developer will release four new maps (playable on both online multiplayer and Terrorist Hunt), eight new operators, and a plethora of new cosmetic items, game modes, events and more.
Maps and modes will be free and unlocked immediately for everyone. Operators and weapons, however, will be unlocked through earned currency called Renown or R6 Credits, a type of currency that can be purchased with real world money. These will be released in packs of 600, 1200, 2670, 4920, and 7560 with the larger bundles offering more R6 Credits per pound.
Last month, Christian Donlan found out what it's like to play Rainbow Six Siege alone. This was based on his experiences with Siege's terrohunt mode which can, if you prefer, be played solo.
Ubisoft's decision to forgo a single player campaign for Rainbow Six: Siege is an odd choice for a series that previously focused on delivering a challenging and in-depth 'campaign' for those wanting to go solo. The fortunes of the series now rest with the online modes in providing the strong concepts and range of content required to satisfy the Rainbow Six fanbase. While it's too early to tell if Ubisoft has succeeded here, the recent beta test shows how the use of the AnvilNext engine and RealBlast technology is used to create tactical shootouts that offer players a wide range of choices to tackling various situations, while also targeting a 60fps update for the main multiplayer mode of the game.
This is new: an addiction to skylights. There are two on the roof of the Consulate map in Rainbow Six: Siege, and I can't leave them alone. You don't need to use up a breach charge on a skylight, you just smash the glass - they'll hear you coming - and then rappel down. I like to hover, on the first skylight, between the first and second storey landings. I like to hover upside down, and wait for those jerks with the explosives strapped to them to venture out to investigate the sound of breaking glass. Then I shoot them. Or at least I shoot at them. Sometimes I accidentally unrappel myself due to adrenalin and general clumsiness. That gets awkward! But not for long. Not for long.
Rainbow Six: Siege will not include a single-player campaign, Ubisoft has confirmed.
It's nearly done. After three days of drinking, chatting and, funnily enough, playing games, EGX 2015 is entering its final stretch, and we're all blearily considering the long trek home from Birmingham NEC. And what a year it's been! We've been graced by legends such as Sony's Shuhei Yoshida, been entertained by the Dragon's Den-esque Pitch Your Game Idea at the Rezzed sessions and discovered some new and exciting games at the various indie sections. What, though, have been the highlights? Here's a little selection of what's made this year's EGX special.
Rainbow Six Siege's DLC maps will be free, Ubisoft has promised.
The team-based multiplayer shooter launches with 11 maps, Ubisoft said, and in an effort to encourage players to stick with it, all post-launch maps will be free to download.
Here's a statement Ubisoft sent over this morning:
Ubisoft has launched Art of Siege, a new "online training platform" designed to get players up to speed on the sort of strategies needed to survive in upcoming tactical shooter Rainbow Six: Siege.
Ubisoft has kindly given us 5000 Rainbow Six Siege closed beta keys to give away. The beta kicks off on the first day of EGX, Thursday 24th September, with no end date announced.
We are running a two-day sweepstake giveaway from now until 11am UK time Friday 11th September. Winners will be selected on Friday, with the lucky 5000 able to redeem their codes at the Rainbow Six Siege site for a platform of their choice (PS4, Xbox One or PC).
Rainbow Six Siege is a first-person, close-quarters tactical shooter featuring fully destructible environments. Rainbow fan Ian tried the alpha a few months ago and enjoyed himself a great deal. The game's scheduled for release on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on Tuesday 1st December.
Rainbow Six Siege has been delayed to December, Ubisoft has announced.
Hello Eurogamers, please enjoy this week's fresh batch of game videos, still hot from the Outside Xbox video oven. This week we have been pondering the lack of decent horror games on Xbox One.
Reactions to the UK's heatwave this week have been mixed, from people complaining loudly on social media to people complaining quietly to themselves in a darkened room because they can't muster the energy to go on social media.
Ubisoft has pulled back the curtain on the Terrohunt mode included in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six, which will allow for 1-5 players to tackle tough AI-controlled enemies as they bid to complete objectives.
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege launches on Tuesday, 13th October for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Ubisoft announced the launch date today accompanied with a new teaser, below (although there's no new gameplay to be seen).
Pre-ordering the game guarantees access to its upcoming beta, the video confirms.
Good job everyone, we made it to the end of another week - and what a week it's been.
Rainbow Six Siege's closed alpha just went live earlier today and our Ian Higton has been toying around with Ubisoft's more dynamic, small-scale reinvention of the franchise. Over the span of 14 and a half glorious minutes, Ian comes to grips with the ins and outs of breaching, fortifying and repelling. That last one takes Ian a bit to get the hang of.
The Collector's Edition of Rainbow Six: Siege, dubbed the "Art of Siege Edition", will contain a 120-page "tactical guide", Ubisoft has announced.
UPDATE 23/3/15 11.45am: Ubisoft has now commented on the Rainbow Six: Siege leak and also detailed how you can gain access to the game's upcoming closed beta.
"We have invited some media and influencers to try the game at our studio," a Ubisoft spokesperson told Eurogamer, when asked of the leak's origin.
"We are glad to say that they really enjoyed the experience and that soon you will be able to read their impressions. Stay tuned."
Rainbow Six: Siege has launched sign-ups for its closed alpha.
The alpha will be PC-only and is limited to Europe and North America.
The alpha system requirements are as follows:
At the start of the new year, we once used to run a series looking at the trends we think will emerge over the next 12 months - the ideas and technologies that will go on to shape and define the games we play and how we play them. This year, it didn't seem a particularly fitting way to tackle what lies ahead: not because there won't be grand themes emerging, and not because there won't be new approaches that will dazzle and confound us, but rather because it seems pointless pointing out what's becoming patently obvious.
Rainbow Six Siege smashed its way into E3 with destruction-based asymmetric multiplayer and lady hostages for maximum empathy. The first demo of its siege action took place in a highly destructible suburban house in Boston.
Rainbow Six Siege will feature male and female hostages, developer Ubisoft has explained, answering questions raised by its E3 demo earlier this month.
These days it seems like a lot of military shooters have an identity crisis. They want to provide these deep, meaningful, dramatic experiences about the horrors of war, but they also want to provide a fun, casual adrenaline rush. They know their most beloved feature is multiplayer, yet they focus on delivering a cinematic, scripted single-player campaign because that's what all the cool kids are doing. They want to go bigger and more complex, but really this plays just as big a hand at alienating newcomers as it does pleasing the already dedicated.