Rainbow Six: Siege Slips Past Black Friday Into December

by Mike Futter on Aug 18, 2015 at 06:13 AM

Rainbow Six: Siege is still coming this year, but it will miss the biggest shopping weekend of the holiday season. The title was supposed to be out on October 13, but has slipped nearly two months.

Ubisoft says that feedback from closed alpha testing and play sessions at E3 and Gamescom helped drive the decision. The studio has opted to hold the game back to polish and improve a number of different things.

“Getting the game in people’s hands and listening to what they have to say helps us understand how we can improve their experience, and we’d like to thank everyone who’s taken part in the process so far,” Ubisoft says. “With that in mind, we’ve decided to push the release date of Rainbow Six Siege to December 1, 2015 for all regions. This wasn’t an easy decision, but based on the feedback we’ve received, and based on our own internal tests, we felt there are adjustments and improvements we can make, including improving the co-op experience across all game modes, weapon and gadget balancing, as well as menu and interface navigation.”

The closed beta will still begin on September 24. For more on Rainbow Six: Siege, check out our preview from E3. Rainbow Six: Siege is due out for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

[Source: Ubisoft]


Our Take
While missing Black Friday is a blow, Ubisoft has had success with December releases. Far Cry 3 outperformed expectations, even after missing the big weekend. 

I enjoyed what I played of Rainbow Six: Siege at Gamescom, and I’d much rather a polished game a couple of months late. After last year’s Assassin’s Creed Unity disaster, Ubisoft needs to give its teams time to perfect.