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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'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.
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.
Rainbow Six: Siege will not include a single-player campaign, Ubisoft has confirmed.
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.
Rainbow Six Siege has been delayed to December, Ubisoft has announced.
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.
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:
Rainbow Six Siege will feature male and female hostages, developer Ubisoft has explained, answering questions raised by its E3 demo earlier this month.