Rainbow Six Siege’s massive Operation Chimera update is now online, opening its year 3 with two new operators and Outbreak, a coop zombie mode that feels similar – but similarly good – to a Left 4 Dead campaign.
All time high
With Chimera, repriced versions, and now base operators (and their attachments as well) being free for all game owners with the exemption of Starter Edition, Rainbow Six reached a new milestone, peaking at over 176 thousand players on Steam, tripling it’s ~50k playerbase last year. This data is aside from the unavailable data of players who directly play on Ubisoft’s own game distruibution platform uPlaym, as well as those who play in consoles.
Leaving a ‘bad taste’ to veterans
Siege might have reached new milestones but not all things are going well for Ubi’s prized shooter. Rainbow Six’s online community have mixed reactions about the game’s repricing, the introduction of cash-exclusive loot boxes and all base Operators being free.
The repricing of Siege removes the $40 Standard Edition and replaced it with a $60 Advanced Edition that adds 600 R6 Credits and 10 Outbreak Packs. There is also the $90 Gold Edition that adds the Year 3 pass and the $120 Complete Edition that includes everything else.
The repricing comes along with at least $10 worth of savings from packs and in-game credits, leading long-time players who followed Siege since its 2015 release to feel left out for a bit.
“I’ve bought every Year Pass, I’ve spent at least 150$ on Siege Points, and I’ve played over 400 hours. I find out today that in your Outbreak Event, you’re releasing Outbreak Packs that can only be obtained through spending real world money on virtual currency. Not only that, but the people who are buying your newly $60 game are going to be receiving 10 more of those packs, than someone like me who has been there every step of the way, giving you money, supporting your game, letting everybody and their motherknow that Siege is the game to play and you need to buy it now.” Redditor Liquid7778 wrote to his dismay. His sentiment was shared by a large number of players, making it one of the biggest topic on the game’s forums right now.
Bombs on review sections
Redditor one-armed-scissor also pointed the review bombing that Siege is receiving, with most of them complaints on how the game is not returning Renown – an in-game currency – to players for the base operators and attachments they have purchased before. It comes along with complaints on the uncertainty of Ubisoft regarding players who want to upgrade their Starter Edition games.
They’re kinda used to it
Siege was able to address players’ grievances before, and the backlash they are receiving is probably not much new to them. But still, with the rapid growth of their playerbase, Ubisoft needs to address these complaints fast before they start losing numbers – we’re looking at you H1Z1.