If it were up to the devs, Rainbow Six Siege would be a free to play title at some point. Sadly, decisions like this require more than just sentiments from the dev team, as this is mostly a business decision through and through.
Director Leroy Athanassoff says, in an interview with PC Gamer, that they “want the game to be accessible to everyone.” and in order for that to happen, some aspects of the game would have to be adjusted to fit a free to play model. One such change would be the need to find a solution on how to stop smurfing, or basically having a high rank / high skilled player creating new accounts to grief lowbies. It makes sense because as the game goes free to play, there will be a massive influx of newbies that will try it out.
“What’s important for us is that we find out as soon as possible that a player is highly skilled in the things that matter. The problem right now is that you can play a certain amount of matches with copper[-ranked] players while you’re a diamond.”
It’s interesting to note that Rainbow Six Siege reached a new record in terms of player count, owning to the fact that Ubisoft has done magnificent work in supporting this title throughout the years. With such a record being set with a pay to play barrier, it’s not a wrong to foresee a lot of new players if it does go to live eventually.
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