Rainbow Six: Siege News

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.

Ubisoft shares early details on Rainbow Six Siege's Operation Wind Bastion update

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."

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Guerrilla recruits Rainbow Six: Siege multiplayer devs for unannounced game

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.

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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.

Rainbow Six Siege's next big update takes us to Tuscany

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.

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Ubisoft shares more details on Rainbow Six Siege's new zombie-themed Outbreak event

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:

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Ubisoft unveils Sam, a personal gaming assistant

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.

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Rainbow Six Siege hits 25 million players as Operation White Noise launches

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.

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Rainbow Six Siege's next patch is enormous, but it makes loading matches faster

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.

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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.

Rainbow Six Siege deploys update to add loot boxes

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.

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Rainbow Six Siege players plagued by post-patch Shadowman bug

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.

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Rainbow Six: Siege's first new map lands today

New operators and new map land on all platforms for all players.

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 open beta delayed

Rainbow Six: Siege open beta delayed

UPDATE: Rescheduled to go live at 5pm UK.

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.

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Rainbow Six Siege open beta kicks off next week

Rainbow Six Siege open beta kicks off next week

Includes three modes, three maps and 14 Operators.

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.

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Rainbow Six Siege Season Pass detailed

Get new ops early, gain XP faster and sport exclusive skins.

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.

Rainbow Six Siege details year's worth of post-release plans

Rainbow Six Siege details year's worth of post-release plans

Free maps and modes, earn or buy operators and skins.

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.

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Ubisoft reveals Art of Siege

Earn beta access via "online training platform" for Rainbox Six.

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 player-vs-AI Terrohunt mode detailed

Which is 60fps on high-end PC, 30fps on PS4 and Xbox One.

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.

Rainbow Six Siege gets October release date

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.

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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.

Rainbow Six: Siege closed alpha gameplay footage leaks

Rainbow Six: Siege closed alpha gameplay footage leaks

UPDATE: Pre-order now for beta access later this year.

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."

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