Rainbow 6 Siege Is Getting Friendlier
As preparation for the expansion of Rainbow 6 Siege into “Asian territories,” Ubisoft announced that it will be removing gore, sex and gambling references globally. Although the changes reportedly won’t affect gameplay, lots of fans aren’t happy.
Ubisoft claims that the changes will affect a “singular global version of the game” and allow the game to be “aligned with the global regulations we are working towards.”
“We are adjusting art and visuals, but are not compromising what makes Rainbow Six Siege the game you know today,” they added.
Changes include removing blood spatters from walls, removing skulls from environmental art and icons, and removing references to sex and gambling.
But a Ubisoft community manager later suggested that “some things [will be] split build-wise,” which suggests that the global changes aren’t necessary.
Here’s their full post:
“To help allay some concerns about the changes and the future.
Moving forward, we do recognize and understand that for some elements, it is not possible to have a completely global build. Thus, there will be some things that are split build-wise. While our goal is to maintain as close a parallel as possible between builds, we will also not compromise the core integrity of the gameplay and mechanics as they exist currently.
Edit: For additional clarification, this branched build will be region locked, and will not have access to the worldwide data centers to engage with our existing player base – furthermore, VPNs will not function as a workaround.”
“As a result of laziness to maintain two separate versions of the game throughout its lifetime, they have opted to change the aesthetic for everyone to ‘reduce and streamline production time.’ They figured that extra money, a bit of work now, and less work later outweighs pissing off their loyal day 1 customers. Shitty move, but seemingly lucrative,” one Redditor wrote.
“Apparently, they’re happy to censor our content in the name of a tiny increase in profitability for their Chinese build,” wrote another.