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Rainbow Six Siege could become free-to-play very soon

Published: 12:05, 02 April 2021
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Ubisoft's mega-popular tactical shooter Rainbow Six Siege could soon become free to play according to the latest rumours. Apparently, once Xbox drops Xbox Live Gold requirement for F2P games, Siege will become free.

Over a year ago, Ubisoft's developers confirmed that at some point in the future, Rainbow Six Siege could become free-to-play on all platforms. Game Director Leroy Athanassoff said that he support the transition into a free-to-play model and so do part of the Rainbow Six Siege team. 

"We want the game to be accessible to everyone," he said but added that it's up to Ubisoft heads to decide on such a change. "It's a company decision."

Today we have some rumblings that state Ubisoft could soon announce that Rainbow Six Siege is changing to a free-to-play model. In the latest  IGN Unlocked podcast , IGN's Destin states that Rainbow Six Siege is one of the "free-to-play" games that could benefit from the removal of Xbox Live Gold.

Ubisoft Rainbow Six Siege character Sledge Rainbow Six Siege, Sledge

This suggests that Ubisoft may have plans to drop the current pricing model for free-to-play one once Xbox officially drop Live Gold requirement for free-to-play games. At the moment, Xbox Live Gold is required to play these freebies such as Fortnite, Apex Legends and Warzone.

It certainly makes sense to try and attract even more audience and then monetise the game with in-game purchases, which are already available in Siege. However, since this is yet to be officially announced by Ubisoft, we suggest you take this with a grain of salt, just like any other rumour, leak or unconfirmed report.

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Screenshots of Rainbow Six Siege operators.

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