I know what you’re thinking: “Rainbow Six Siege would make a great battle royale. If Tetris can do it, anyone can!” Well, I come to you bearing some bad news. Ubisoft will not be delving into the popular genre with its first-person shooter.
With franchises like Call of Duty and Titanfall tackling the battle royale genre, I spoke with Rainbow Six Siege Creative Director Xavier Marquis to see whether Ubisoft’s first-person shooter would be the next game to receive its own rendition of the popular mode. This is what Marquis had to say:
“No, I am not interested at all in a battle royale. The genre is doing a nice job but it’s not Siege. The equation of Siege comes from reality, like real CQB operations; it’s always a group trained to defend a specific place and an intervening group trained to intimidate and defeat the threat. This is the equation of Siege. I think the battle royale genre is too much of a stretch and I’m not sure it will be a plus for the game. So, we’ll try different things but no.”
I also spoke with Rainbow Six Siege Game Director Leroy Athanassoff to get their opinion on the matter. “Right now, there is no plan of adding a battle royale,” Athanassoff confirms. “But we want our events to be an important tool to experiment with gameplay.”
Just yesterday, it was announced the Rainbow Six Siege team will be split into different groups, with each group focusing on a certain matter that may need improvement such as player toxicity, Operator balancing, and map reworks. This also included a team dedicated to in-game events; this group would help tailor unique experiences, such as the Mad House event from last year, in order to bring something new to Siege as well as experiment with different gameplay mechanics that could potentially help improve the game. With that in mind, an in-game event seemed like a good place for a battle royale mode to make its way to the game.
It is pretty safe to say a battle royale mode will not be added to Rainbow Six Siege any time soon. What will be added pretty soon are two new Operators and a new map thanks to the Year 4 Season 1 update, Operation: Burnt Horizon. If you want to see what we thought of the upcoming update, check out our preview.
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