Game developer says ‘Rainbow Six Siege’ could go free-to-play permanently

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Ubisoft has managed to transform the impressive shooting game ‘Rainbow Six Siege’ since its launch back in 2015.

Observing the tactical shooter turn from a good standard FPS, to a globally evolved eSports phenomenon.

The signs of excellence are continuous and there are no signs that this FPS is slowing down.

Next-gen consoles are out later this year and it already has been confirmed that Siege will be available to play, but it sounds like the game could potentially open up to an even larger audience in the future.

Leroy Athanassoff, the director of Siege, spoke to PC Gamer and touched on this exciting opportunity of making the game entirely free-to-play for its gamers.

Most importantly, Ubisoft isn’t against the idea of this possibility coming to light, as the publisher would have seen the success of the likes of Fortnite and Apex Legends. Both games are also free-to-play and have risen in the gaming world.

As it is, at this stage, only a possibility, Athanassoff points out the work that is required before making Siege free.

"It's a company decision," he explained.

"I think on the development team we want that at some point. We want the game to be accessible to everyone. You need certain features ready to be a good and successful free-to-play game."

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Athanassoff argued that smurfing was something the team would need to figure out before it ever made the switch.

Most people wouldn’t know what smurfing is, but it is a player-coined term which involved much more experienced players creating entirely new accounts which means they can be matched up with and destroy the lower level players.

This will determine their skill level after giving them a few easy games before throwing them in the elite level category.

"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.

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“The problem right now is that you can play a certain amount of matches with Copper players while you're a Diamond," Athanassoff said.

You can see why the director of Siege already wants to sort it before going free-to-play, as it is an established problem in the game. If you could picture the carnage of creating a brand new account cost absolutely nothing, which can be done by anyone at any given time.

But, the good news is that Ubisoft continues to work on a smurfing solution for this game.

Once this matter is settled, the chance of moving to free-to-play could be the best possible outcome. As Athanassoff says, it remains in the hands of Ubisoft.

Although the prospect of Siege making the jump to next-gen, it could be the perfect time of the resurgence of this FPS shooter following its success.

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