Ubisoft Reverses Controversial Visual Changes in Rainbow Six Siege

Ubisoft Reverses Controversial Visual Changes in Rainbow Six Siege

Visual changes will revert to their original versions soon.

Ubisoft announced that it is reversing the visual changes in Rainbow Six Siege that toned down instances of blood, sex, and skulls to better comply with regulations in Asian territories.

"We have spent the last week working on solutions and have decided that we will be reverting all aesthetic changes," Ubisoft writes in a new blog post about the decision to assuage player concern over the news that Ubisoft would be implementing some visual changes to the international version of Rainbow Six Siege.

One of the visual changes being reversed.

Earlier this month Ubisoft announced it would be streamlining Rainbow Six Siege for an international version that would help make updating the game across different regions easier for the devs. This also meant some aesthetic changes to comply with the Asian territories so visual elements like skulls, blood, and (very) mild sexual elements were removed.

Players were not happy and proceeded to review bomb Rainbow Six Siege on Steam to voice their complaints despite Ubisoft assuring players that region locks, and other branching differentials would still be in place. Now it seems like Ubisoft is reversing course on the changes altogether.

"We have been following the conversation with our community closely over the past couple of weeks, alongside regular discussions with our internal Ubisoft team, and we want to ensure that the experience for all our players, especially those that have been with us from the beginning remains as true to the original artistic intent as possible."

Ubisoft says that the visual changes will be reverted alongside the launch of Wind Bastion, the new content pack for Siege. The rollout is being done carefully so as to not mess with the game, so the reversion of visual changes might not be apparent immediately. There's also the possibility that the changes could delay the new season or result in some server instability, but Ubisoft says it is monitoring the game closely.

Lastly players in Asian territories will still enjoy the same game as other regions, but it's not clear how Ubisoft intends to move forward with the international version after this news.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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