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Ubisoft Apologizes For Rainbow Six Siege Connection Issues With Renown Boost

The second season for Ubisoft’s Rainbow Six Siege kicked into full gear earlier this month, but it hasn’t all been good news for the first-person shooter. Over the past few weeks, players have experienced a variety of connection issues that have hampered their enjoyment of the game. Thankfully, those issues seem to have been fixed, but Ubisoft still wants to do right by their players. Here’s what Ubisoft Montreal Community Developer Justin Kruger had to say over at the game’s official subreddit: In light of the connection related issues some players have been experiencing over the past weeks, we will provide a 50% renown boost for a 7 day period, starting today. This boost will be made available on all platforms and for all players. Should we experience any additional issues during this time we will extend the boost to accommodate the lost time. Thank you all for your patience over the past few days and your continued support! Connection issues are sadly an unfortunate problem that will inevitably hit multiplayer games, but it’s good to see Ubisoft responding the right way. It’s easy to see why these problems would be off-putting to problems, but the allure of getting READ FULL STORY…

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Rainbow Six Siege Update 1.24 Is 7GB on PS4, Here’s All the New Features

[embedded content] Now that the maintenance is over on PlayStation 4, and ending before 9am PT on Xbox One and PC, players have revealed that Rainbow Six Siege update 1.24 is a 7.05GB download. With today’s new update, Ubisoft has added Operation Velvet Shell, the first major content drop of Year Two. It includes the free Coastline map, an updated navigation interface that makes all player activities available in one place, a personalized play button that remembers your last played option, operators Mira and Jackal, and more. Season Pass owners receive instant unlocks of Mira and Jackal, while everyone else will have to wait until February 14 for them to be unlockable with Renown or R6 Credits. Here’s everything that’s new in update 1.24: New Operators Mira has proven her strength and endurance but her best asset is her knowledge in mechanics. She is specialized in armoring process for ballistic protection. Equipped with the Vector 45 ACP and ITA12L as primary weapons, she can find the weaker spot on any machinery and reinforce it. Jackal has developed his expertise in tracking down HVTs and intercepting narcotics shipments with the G.E.O.s. Equipped with the C7E and PDW9 as primary weapons, he triggered an acute sensitivity relating to READ…

Ubisoft Doesn’t Want to Add New Modes to Rainbow Six Siege

[embedded content] At a preview event for Rainbow Six Siege’s Operation Velvet Shell content update, which launches tomorrow, Creative Director Xavier Marquis told PC Gamer they don’t want to add new modes. “It’s something that we do not want to do,” Marquis said, later adding, “The map can be different, the operators can be different, but we need something static and that is Siege mode. Siege is the center of everything.” PC Gamer also interviewed Brand Director Alexandre Remy, who explained why there aren’t any new modes coming to Rainbow Six Siege: We’re constantly looking and prototyping. But the thing is, when doing that we concluded that there are some foundations to Siege that we want to keep: attack versus defense, destruction, operators, and [only having] one life. That is the DNA of the game, so when you look at what game modes would sufficiently refresh the experience but remain faithful to those rules, there’s not that many. Siege is its own game mode. Back when Siege was first released, the team thought they were going to make new content, Remy admits, “but as we moved forward we realized there’s so much depth with operators and destruction. That has a lot to offer, so the focus is…


Rainbow Six: Siege Revamping Competitive Play, Deemphasizing Pesky Microtransactions

In a new dev diary, Ubisoft Montreal outlined changes for Rainbow Six: Siege’s second year. Alongside plans to revamp the roster of operators, competitive leagues will be restructured and cash-free loot provided to all players. Advertisement Years in Siege have four seasons that add eight new operators and at least four new maps. However, some of the best changes this year are not added content but usability tweaks and community adjustments. The first among these are alterations to the game’s competitive scene. To help develop the game’s pro scene, the team is pouring focus on the PC version and expanding the number of leagues. There is a profession league, a higher tier Challenger league, and a community focused GO4 league. Console version will add their own Major leagues. Loot will be altered as well to (hopefully) reduce spending on in game currency. Players will now receive loot merely by playing the game. No need to horde up credits for special purchases or choose between a cool gun skin. The more you play, the larger your arsenal will get. That definitely sound better than spending five bucks on a bunch of READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Rainbow Six Siege’s Operation Velvet Shell Content Arrives on February 7, Free Weekend Starts Thursday

[embedded content] Ubisoft has announced that Operation Velvet Shell, the first major content update for Year 2, will come to Rainbow Six Siege on February 7 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. In addition to two Operators of the Spanish Grupo Especial de Operaciones (G.E.O.), Operation Velvet Shell includes Coastline, a new multiplayer map set on the rocky shores of Ibizi in Spain that will be available in both PvP and PvE. “Get ready for an effervescent night ambiance with neon lights of bars and open-air parties, which Ibiza is famous for. Daytime is a hazy afternoon on a hot summer day after a long night out,” the Coastline description adds. Expect more Operation Velvet Shell details and gameplay to become available this weekend. [embedded content] If you’ve yet to play Rainbow Six Siege, there will be a Free Weekend from February 2 to February 5 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Ubisoft says, “Play now Rainbow Six Siege for free from February [2nd] to 5th. Get access to the full experience and invite your friends to play with you. Your in game progression will saved if you buy the game.” Will you be playing Rainbow Six Siege this weekend? READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

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Rainbow Six Siege’s Next Operation Is Velvet Shell, Will Include Two New Operators From Spain

[embedded content] On Sunday, February 5, Ubisoft will offer up a live demo of Velvet Shell, the first Operation of Rainbow Six Siege’s Year Two. It will take place during the final day of the Six Invitational, the biggest Rainbow Six Siege tournament featuring the top Xbox One and PC players competing for a $200,000 prize pool. So far, Ubisoft has confirmed that Velvet Shell will include a map and two new Operators from Spain, and you’ll be able to watch the livestream on Twitch and YouTube. Here’s some of the highlights of the Six Invitational’s schedule: Friday, February 3 10am ET – PC and Xbox One quarter finals Saturday, February 4 10am ET – PC and Xbox One semi-finals 12:45pm ET – Velvet Shell Operators Panel 3:35pm ET – Velvet Shell Map & Features Panel Sunday, February 5 10:15am ET – Year Two Roadmap 10:45am ET – Xbox One Grand Final 1:15pm ET – Velvet Shell Live Demo 2:45pm ET – PC Grand Final “One of the most anticipated parts of the weekend is sure to be the teaser panels for Operation Velvet Shell, where information about the new operators and new map will be revealed,” Ubisoft says. “The Six Invitational will also include panels to discuss the past and the READ FULL…

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Rainbow Six Siege Update Now Out, Check Out the Patch Notes

As we mentioned late yesterday, the Rainbow Six Siege update for all platforms seems to be out — at least on the PlayStation 4. Given that this is the shooter’s first update since last year (well, December), it brings with it a host of new fixes and tweaks. Check out the full patch notes below for Rainbow Six Siege update 5.3 and see what’s new. General Pause Button in Custom Lobby During Operator Selection Phase We have added a Pause button to the UI that will allow the host of a Player-hosted lobby to pause the match during the Operator Selection phase. To utilize this functionality, the host will need to press [End]/[Start+D-Pad Up] to stop the timer. Press the button again to resume the timer. Gameplay Fixed – Barricade pieces remain stuck in place if hit from a perpendicular angle.Fixed – In rare instances, a drone is able to use a dead Attacker’s shield to move the Defuser.Fixed – When deploying a reinforced wall, it is possible to pass through the reinforcement.Fixed – Muzzle brake also hides the flash for side arms.Fixed – When a shield user goes prone while attempting to use an observational tool (drone), READ FULL…

Rainbow Six Siege Update 5.3 Welcomes a Slew of Requested Fixes

On the eve of release, Ubisoft has published the official patch notes for Rainbow Six Siege patch 5.3, which welcomes a slew of requested fixes. It’s the first major update to Siege since the rollout of the shooter’s hefty December update, and the primary concern here appears to be bug fixes. There is one admittedly small change coming to custom lobbies, as players will soon be able to pause proceedings while selecting their Operator of choice. Have a gander at the full patch notes below and remember, update 5.3 will go live tomorrow, January 11, for all platforms. General Pause Button in Custom Lobby During Operator Selection Phase We have added a Pause button to the UI that will allow the host of a Player-hosted lobby to pause the match during the Operator Selection phase. To utilize this functionality, the host will need to press [End]/[Start+D-Pad Up] to stop the timer. Press the button again to resume the timer. Gameplay Fixed – Barricade pieces remain stuck in place if hit from a perpendicular angle.Fixed – In rare instances, a drone is able to use a dead Attacker’s shield to move the Defuser.Fixed – When deploying a reinforced wall, it is possible to…

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Rainbow Six Siege Update 5.2 Today Buffs Tachanka, Adds University Map to PvP

Available by 8:30am PT/11:30am ET on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, Rainbow Six Siege update 5.2 is a Mid-Season Reinforcement patch that adds the Bartlett University map to PvP, introduces major changes to Tachanka, and more. Reportedly a 2.18GB download on PS4, here’s the highlights of today’s Rainbow Six Siege update (version 1.22 on PS4): Reworked Operators Tachanka – Game Design Notes Since the launch of Rainbow Six Siege more than a year ago, Tachanka has been the weakest Operator, even if he has become one of the most loved. This has most clearly been reflected in his pick rate, which is the lowest in the game. When looking at Tachanka, the biggest downside lies in the gadget. The tradeoff between his turret’s stopping power and his lack of mobility isn’t good enough. Attackers have several ways to deny him with the element of surprise, and can easily headshot him once they know his position. In order to introduce a counter to this weakness, we’ve added a shield in front of the turret which protects him from frontal headshots. The objective is for Tachanka to be the king of the angle that he positioned into, while being very vulnerable to other angles. The…


Ubisoft Plans to Support Rainbow Six Siege for Years to Come

Ubisoft has developed and published games with the same formula for the last several years: create a massive open-world single-player campaign that is ripe for sequels. The Rainbow Six franchise has been no exception to their formula until they released Rainbow Six Siege. The game released on December 1, 2015, and since then, the studio has cranked out three seasons of content, including new maps and agents as well as bug fixes and performance improvements. According to Ubisoft VP of Live Operations Anne Blondel-Jouin, this is all part of Ubisoft’s plan to deliver games as a service. Our idea with games as a service is to deliver not only the AAA games we’re used to delivering at Ubisoft, but also AAA services so that each time a gamer connects to our game, they’re having quite a different experience and want to spend as much time as possible [playing]. We want to make sure we’re as gamer-centirc as possible, meaning everything related to the games–gameplay, game design, marketing, PR, community development, community management–all of that is very much linked to the global gamer experience. We’re making sure everything we’re pushing to gamers is in line with the experience we want to deliver to them…

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Rainbow Six Siege Update 4.2 Today Includes Operator Changes, New Gadgets

Going live within the next few hours on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, Rainbow Six Siege update 4.2, titled Operation Skull Rain Reinforcements, includes adjustments to Twitch, Doc, and Blackbeard. On top of that, you’ll find a new gadget, attachments, adjustments for less commonly used weapons, bug fixes, and more. Ubisoft says, “You can expect these kinds of updates for future seasons as we try to implement changes we think will help improve the game, while incorporating feedback from the community.” Since there’s only one more Rainbow Six Siege season planned (a Japan-themed one in October), it sounds as though the developers will come out with another season pass. You can check out a partial list of some of the biggest changes below: Operators Twitch Twitch is a good example of an Operator that is popular, has satisfactory pick and win ratios, yet her unique gadget, the Shock Drone, is quite underwhelming. Because of this, we have decided to change the utility of the Shock Drone quite drastically, in order to reinforce the uniqueness of her gameplay and the threat her Shock Drone (err… Drones). The most notable change to Twitch is that she will now deploy a fully…