Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Rainbow Six Siege Infiltrates Xbox Game Pass in October https://www.gameskinny.com/f69p4/rainbow-six-siege-infiltrates-xbox-game-pass-in-october https://www.gameskinny.com/f69p4/rainbow-six-siege-infiltrates-xbox-game-pass-in-october Mon, 19 Oct 2020 12:52:21 -0400 GS_Staff

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege may have launched way back in 2015, but it's enjoyed continued popularity over the past five years. A quick look at Steam Charts shows that average monthly players for the game on Valve's platform alone have mostly increased since late 2017. To date, the game has "more 60 million registered players" across all platforms.

Now Rainbow Six Siege is coming to Xbox Game Pass for console and Android on October 22. While Siege will be available to all Game Pass subscribers on console, only those who subscribe to Game Pass Ultimate will be able to play Siege on Android devices through xCloud. 

There's currently no word if Siege will make it to Game Pass on PC.

According to Microsoft, players will have to unlock some of the game's content, including operators and renown boosts, but a Game Pass sub softens the monetary blow just a bit.

You can use your membership discount to get up to 10% off in-game items – including the Year 5 pass to unlock new operators, renown boosts, and more.

Ultimately, there's quite a bit of content available in the base game  enough to get players started. There are 11 base maps, as well as five different modes to choose from, including solo modes, co op multiplayer modes, and PvP modes to take part in. 

If tactical shooters aren't your thing (but they probably are since you're here reading this), several other titles have already hit Game Pass in October, including Age of Empires 3: Definitive Edition, Katana Zero, and Tales of Vesperia. More are coming on October 21 and October 22. You can see the full list of what's being added and removed here

[Source: Microsoft]

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Up to 80% Off Ubisoft Titles During Green Man Gaming Sale https://www.gameskinny.com/7m68q/up-to-80-off-ubisoft-titles-during-green-man-gaming-sale https://www.gameskinny.com/7m68q/up-to-80-off-ubisoft-titles-during-green-man-gaming-sale Mon, 19 Aug 2019 16:26:22 -0400 GS_Staff

Green Man Gaming is currently having yet another big publisher sale, this time featuring a bevy of Ubisoft titles.

From now until August 26, those interested can get some of the most popular Ubisoft titles for up to 80% off the regular asking price. This includes standard and special editions, as well as bundles. Additionally, several season passes are also on sale. 

Here are some of the highlights: 

Game Sale price
Assassin's Creed: Odyssey (Standard) $30
Assassin's Creed: Odyssey (Gold) $40
Assassin's Creed: Odyssey (Ultimate)  $48
Assassin's Creed Origins (Standard) $24
Assassin's Creed Origins (Gold) $30
Far Cry 5 (Standard) $19.80
Far Cry 5 (Gold) $29.70
Far Cry: New Dawn (Standard) $20
Far Cry: New Dawn (Deluxe) $25
Ghost Recon Wildlands (Standard) $20
Ghost Recon Wildlands (Ultimate) $48
Ghost Recon Wildlands Season Pass $16
Rainbow Six: Siege (Standard)  $8
Rainbow Six: Siege (Gold) $30
Rainbow Six: Siege Year 4 Pass $23.99
South Park: The Fractured but Whole $6
Steep (X-Games Gold) $17.50
The Crew 2 (Standard) $15
The Crew 2 (Gold) $25
Watch Dogs 2 (Standard) $18

 

The full list of games, DLCs, and bundles on sale can be found over on Green Man Gaming

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Ubisoft E3 2019 Presentation Roudup https://www.gameskinny.com/5117y/ubisoft-e3-2019-presentation-roudup https://www.gameskinny.com/5117y/ubisoft-e3-2019-presentation-roudup Mon, 10 Jun 2019 20:49:45 -0400 Ashley Shankle

Ubisoft was reportedly going to bring the heat to this year's E3, and the company's presentation turned out to be one of the most eventful so far.

Opening with a performance by the Assassin's Creed Symphony and their live dates was a pretty strong start, but the Watch Dogs: Legion gameplay trailer right after? Yeah, that really drove it home.

Watch Dogs: Legion

The Watch Dogs: Legion footage started off calm, but it didn't take long for Ian to get into some trouble during his walk around London, which eventually turns into choosing an entirely different character.

As previously mentioned by Ubisoft, Watch Dogs: Legion will allow players to take control of a vast amount of NPC characters to perform their nasty DedSec operations. Based on the gameplay trailer, the sequel looks to be vastly more dynamic than the previous two games. You can recruit and play as anyone in Watch Dogs: Legion. Spicy!


Ubisoft claims each character has its own story, profile, recruitment mission, and more. If it's done right, this could pale the previous two Watch Dog titles completely.

We don't have to wait too long for this bad boy; Watch Dogs: Legion will be released March 6, 2020.

It's Always Sunny in.. Ubidelphia?

Rob Elmchenny from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia fame came on stage after the Watch Dogs: Legion presentation to announce his upcoming new show, Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet.

McElhenny himself plays series lead Ian (that's pronounced "eye-an," you jabroni) Grimm, Creative Director for the biggest MMORPG in the series's universe with an ego that seems to be as big as the game's massive population.

Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet will be an Apple TV exclusive with no air date just yet.

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege DLC

Yes, the new DLC for Rainbow Six Siege! Check the trailer below. This one takes the smoother route, as you might expect from a DLC titled Operation Phantom Sight.


Brawhalla + Adventure Time

As of today, Adventure Time characters will be coming to Ubisoft's Smash-like Brawlhalla.


Finn, Jake, and Princess Bubblegum are all available to play for free in Brawlhalla right now during a limited time event. Once the event is over, the character can be purchased from the in-game shop for 300 Mammoth coins.

The Adventure Time event will be lasting until June 25 and bring with it a new map, mode, and special KO effects that will still be usable in-game once the event has ended.

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint

Cole D. Walker, a special forces officer with his own moral code and does what he has to in order to complete his mission against the Wolves. This is Ghost Recon Breakpoint.


You don't have to sit on your hands and wait for Breakpoint to come out; you can hop on over to the official site right now and register for the September 5 beta. Release isn't far off, with release waiting just around the corner on October 4. What's keeping you waiting?

Ghost Recon Delta Company was also announced during the presentation, which will allow fans to share anything they want related to the Ghost Recon series.

Going Mobile

They've got to squeeze one mobile game in there, and they did just that here with Tom Clancy's Elite Squad.


Featuring characters from other Tom Clancy and Ubisoft titles, squads of five players will be able to duke it out with other squads of five. There has been a story mode announced as well as PvP.  You can pre-register for the game now on the official website.

Just Dance 2020? Of Course...

There's really not much to say here but Just Dance 2020 is releasing later this year in November on basically every platform available (including the Wii, wow) with 40 new songs.

Limited Event For Honor Event: Shadows of the Hitokiri

In a surprise announcement comes a new warrior to For Honor: the Hitokiri, a mask-wearing axe-wielding warrior with a thirst for souls. The new warrior comes with a brand new event for For Honor players looking for something a little different.

The event hosts the Soul Rush special game mode, which tasks players to collect souls during combat.

You can read more about the Shadows of Hitokiri event on the official site. It will be running on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One until June 27.

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Quarantine

Now for something just a little different (just a tiny bit): Rainbow Six Quarantine.


Details on this title are currently scarce, but it's slated to release on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. You can sign up for "a chance to play early" on the official website.

Tom Clancy's The Division 2 Episode 3

Don't think just The Division 2's all done with all these other Tom Clancy announcements from Ubisoft this year. The third episode of The Division 2 will be taking players back to Washington D.C., the setting of the first game.


The Division 2
will also be receiving a new raid out this fall, showing the game's not close to done yet.

The Division Netflix Adaptation

The Division is getting a film adaptation on Netflix. The release date may still be a mystery, but we do know Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain will be in the production.

The plot for the upcoming movie is:

In the near future, a pandemic virus is spread via paper money on Black Friday, decimating the city of New York and killing millions. By Christmas, what’s left of society has descended into chaos. A group of civilians, trained to operate in catastrophic times, are activated in an attempt to save who and what remains.

Uplay Plus

Even Ubisoft is getting on the subscription service bandwagon, with Uplay Plus rolling out later this year and being compatible with Google Stadia.


If you sign up between now and August 15, you will have free access to Uplay Plus between September 3 and 30 later this year.

Roller Champions


Roller Champions
is definitely out of left field, which seems to be preferable with free to play titles here in 2019.

Roller Champions is a PvP sports title hoping to find some competitive footing. Though its release date hasn't been announced, you can play the E3 demo right now until June 14 to see if this one's up your alley.

Gods & Monsters

The final announcement of the Ubisoft conference was a surprise entry: Gods & Monsters, a Greek mythology-focused title coming to PC, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Google Stadia with a notable lighter tone than most of the rest of the presentation.

Details on Gods & Monsters are presently scarce. It appears to be an open world title, with loads of challenges both combat and puzzle-oriented present. We'll surely see more of this title before its release on February 25, 2020.

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Whew, that was a lot of Tom Clancy from Ubisoft this year. E3's not over just yet, though! Let us know in the comments below which announced titles you're looking most forward to from E3.

Be sure to check out our other E3 2019 coverage below: 

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Rainbow Six Siege: Operation Para Bellum Event Guide and Elite Thatcher Set Details https://www.gameskinny.com/z74c5/rainbow-six-siege-operation-para-bellum-event-guide-and-elite-thatcher-set-details https://www.gameskinny.com/z74c5/rainbow-six-siege-operation-para-bellum-event-guide-and-elite-thatcher-set-details Tue, 05 Jun 2018 15:42:48 -0400 Ty Arthur

Season 2 of Year 3 in Rainbow Six Siege kicks off with the Operation: Para Bellum event, and as expected, it brings in a host of changes and new additions to spice up the game.

Already live on the PC test server, the full version of Operation Para Bellum arrives later this month for all players and will offer two new defender Operators, a Pick & Ban system to ban certain Operators from play for more strategy, and the long-awaited elite Thatcher skin.

Operation Para Bellum Guide

There's a lot of new material to cover, so let's dive into what's included with this new Rainbow Six Siege event! First up are the new Operators, Maestro and Alibi from the Gruppo di Intervento Speciale counter-terrorism unit, who have massively different play styles.

New Operator: Alibi
  • Type: Defender
  • Speed: Fast
  • Armor: Light
  • Primary Loadout: Mx4 Storm, ACS12
  • Secondary Loadout: Keratos .357 Pistol, Bailiff 410 Pistol
  • Side Gadgets: Impact Grenade, Deployable Shield

Alibi comes with the unique Prisma gadget that projects holograms of herself. Any player shooting or interacting with the holograms will be marked, and the holograms can even announce a "Defender Outside" warning to Attackers, leading them away from the real player. For sneaky players who like misdirection, Alibi is the way to go.

 Rainbow Six Siege Operator Alibi

New Operator: Maestro
  • Type: Defender
  • Speed: Slow
  • Armor: Heavy
  • Primary Loadout: ALDA 5.56, ACS12
  • Secondary Loadout: Keratos .357 Pistol, Bailiff 410 Pistol
  • Side Gadgets: Barbed Wire, Deployable Shield

Don't let the similar weapons fool you, because Maestro is the polar opposite of Alibi! Although slower and more heavily armored, he's also a perfect recon scout. His unique ability is the Evil Eye gadget that can be set on a floor or wall and then controlled remotely.

Not only does this allow for overwatch possibilities with its remote camera (and it can see through smoke!), but it can also open up to fire lasers at passing enemies. Best of all, while the lasers aren't deployed, the evil eye is completely immune to ranged and melee damage.

 Rainbow Six Siege Operator Maestro

Thatcher Elite Set and New Map

Aside from the two new Operators, what we've all been waiting for is the Thatcher Elite skin set, which leaked months back but hasn't show up until now. 

The Thatcher Elite set includes the Operation Nimrod Uniform, Fookin Smooth victory animation, Screw Top gadget skin, Elite Thatcher Chibi, and Maggie’s Resolve weapon skin on the L85A2, M590A1, and P226 MK25. The new skins will be available in the Thatcher’s Uniform section as soon as Operation Para Bellum officially launches.

The whole elite set bundle is expected to cost 1,800 R6 Credits (or 1,620 if you've got the Year 3 pass). 

 The Thatcher Elite set is almost here!

Finally, we also get Villa, the 20th map to arrive for the game so far, and it includes many tactical features to get used to, like secret hatches, staircases, and tight tunnels.

Focusing around a home owned by a crime family, we've actually already seen quite a bit of what will be on display here back when the map made its debut at the Season 7 Pro League Finals in Atlantic City.

The big thing to remember in Villa as an attacker is that many of the walls and ceilings are destructible, and the cellar entrance to the basement is a much safer bet than heading upstairs. The upstairs bomb sites are located on the sides of a long, wide hallway, so getting to those sites as an attacker is more challenging if you are trying to take a straightforward route.

None of the bomb sites have external access, so you can't jump through a window and then defend from a distance. The map is designed to force a team to defend a site from the same room.

On the defending side, make use of the secret hatches and quick staircases that lead to other bomb sites. For instance, the kitchen has a very fast entrance through the pantry to the basement.

            Villa Attacker spawn sites

Will you be loading up Rainbow Six Siege again to jump in on the Operation Para Bellum event, and what new elements of the game are you most looking forward to trying out? Sound off in the comments below!

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Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak Update Reveals a New Alien Enemy https://www.gameskinny.com/lv8ob/rainbow-six-siege-outbreak-update-reveals-a-new-alien-enemy https://www.gameskinny.com/lv8ob/rainbow-six-siege-outbreak-update-reveals-a-new-alien-enemy Wed, 07 Feb 2018 10:47:49 -0500 SinOfApathy

The Ubisoft US Youtube channel has released a trailer for the upcoming "Outbreak" event set to take place on March 6th for Rainbow Six Siege to start off the new Year 3 updates. The trailer teases that the new three-player co-op mode to be released in March will feature alien life. 

We also got an update from the official Rainbow Six Siege website about the free new game mode. In the Outbreak event, a capsule landed on Earth containing parasitic creatures called "The Apex" that infect human beings, mutating them into horrific monsters. Humans place them in quarantine along with anyone else that happens to be in the general area.

We can expect five different enemy types, "from exploding monstrosities to hulking horrors" with their own individual abilities. The new game mode will also "push the destruction engine to new heights," as enemies will "tear through walls to get through to you."

Players will have two difficulty settings available to them, the "normal" setting and the "pandemic" setting, where enemies can take you down in a few hits, and friendly fire is enabled. Players can play the mode on three new maps that are more open and vast than any of the other PVP-focused maps. There will even be sections of the map that take place completely outside.

Due to the nature of the game mode, only certain operatives can be played on the map: 

  • The two new Operation Chimera Operators from the upcoming Year 3 DLC
  • Smoke
  • Ying
  • Buck
  • Kapkan
  • Ash
  • Doc
  • Tachanka
  • Glaz
  • Standard Recruit

 

If you look carefully, at 0:49 you can also see a possible new tag of an alien badge for your weapons. At the end of the trailer, we get a quick look at the new gear, only available during the four-week event from March 6th to April 3rd. The gear can only be obtained through Outbreak packs, the new loot box-style packs that come from either in-game feats or microtransactions and that range from 50 Rare to legendary cosmetic equipment, such as gun skins, head gear, and a new elite skin that we saw at the end of the trailer.

This is pretty unexpected, as the game has always been so PVP focused, and while not totally realistic, it has usually been grounded in reality at the very least. The full reveal of the event will take place during the Six Invitational event on February 13th. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more information as it develops.

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Rainbow Six Siege's Pricing to Change on February 13th https://www.gameskinny.com/0y2h1/rainbow-six-sieges-pricing-to-change-on-february-13th https://www.gameskinny.com/0y2h1/rainbow-six-sieges-pricing-to-change-on-february-13th Thu, 01 Feb 2018 11:00:26 -0500 SinOfApathy

On the 25th of January, Ubisoft announced that they will increase the pricing of the standard, gold, and complete editions of the popular shooter, Rainbow Six Siege when the Outbreak event arrives.

The community, however, was not pleased with this change and had expressed their concerns on the new price changes. Ubisoft then responded to the concerns by keeping the Standard edition of the game the same price, stating on the Rainbow Six Siege subreddit, "For our newcomers and those of you concerned about introducing your friends to the game, we will be keeping the Standard Edition in the store at the current price."

The new prices as of February 13, 2018, are as follows:

  • Starter Edition: $15 (unchanged), PC only, contains full game at a discounted price but requires more grinding (15 - 20 hours) for the operators.

  • Standard Edition: $40 (unchanged after fans' concern for newcomers). The game with the normal amount of grind for any of the original 20 operators (0.5 - 2 hours). 
     
  • Gold Edition: $90 (From $70). This will now include 600 R6 credits (which is the in-game currency) and 10 Outbreak packs, the new loot box system to be integrated into the game during the Outbreak event.
     
  • Complete Edition: $130 (From $110). Contains everything in the Gold Edition but will also come with 16 bonus operators from the Year 1 and Year 2 DLC operators.

Rainbow Six Siege is often praised for how much it improved during its life span. Be sure to check out our article on whether the game is worth buying now, and stick with GameSkinny for more information as it develops.

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Rainbow Six: Siege - Is it worth It? https://www.gameskinny.com/pyh6s/rainbow-six-siege-is-it-worth-it https://www.gameskinny.com/pyh6s/rainbow-six-siege-is-it-worth-it Wed, 08 Feb 2017 08:00:01 -0500 Neal Cox

Rainbow Six: Siege is not a new game. It was released in December of 2015 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC, and at the time the reception was mixed. Our own review of the game was much more positive than reviews from bigger sites like IGN, Kotaku, and especially Polygon, which noted several major problems with the game, including a lack of content and some very bad connection issues. While it did sell over 3 million units, it still sits under 80% on Metacritic for all three platforms, and by all means should now be dead.

So, why am I talking about Siege now?

Well, for starters, the newest DLC for the game, "Velvet Shell," has just dropped (although I have not played on the DLC maps and I will not be able to access the characters for another week because I do not own the Season Pass). This also leads nicely into my second point: Rainbow Six Siege, a game that most people forgot about two weeks post-launch, has had a major resurgence.

This all started in August of last year, when a bunch of sites (such as IGN and PC Gamer) started to notice that the game's player population had nearly doubled due to the release of the "Skull Rain" DLC, which added Brazilian operators to the game. Exact numbers are hard to find for the consoles, but if the Steam chart is to be believed, Rainbow Six Siege had 60,000+ concurrent users on Steam on February 5th. As someone who'd bought the game at launch and later deleted it after months of inactivity, this news passed me by.

In December, I got turned onto Siege again when Super Bunnyhop, who I talked about in my 10 Informative and Entertaining YouTube Channels List, discussed the game's resurgence and improvement in quality over the last year. 

So, after all of this, was the game actually any good?

Yes. Very much so.

If you are not familiar with Siege or any of the other games in the Tom Clancy brand, Rainbow Six: Siege is similar to Search and Destroy in Call of Duty. There is an objective, be it a bomb, two bombs, or a hostage, and one team has to defend (usually by barricading rooms, setting up traps, hiding, etc...) it while the other tries to take it. And when you die in a round, you stay dead. You can still watch cameras on defense and talk to teammates when you die, but your loss is permanent and is felt by the rest of your team. The rounds are quick, so you won't be gone for too long, but to those playing them, three minutes can feel like three hours.

When the game works, there is nothing quite like it. Hearing explosions through the various destructible surfaces above as you and your team wait for the inevitable attack can make your heart pound. On the flip side, walking slowly through the hallways towards your objective, with a possible enemy or trap around each corner, is just as terrifying. When you and your team work together, you feel like a force of nature. However, if you aren't all focused or working together, your about as good as headless chickens in a barrel.

On top of this, the game has fixed various problems that plagued its launch. Servers, while still sketchy, are much easier to connect to, and it is now possible to find a lobby while in a party. Griefing/Team-Killing, a major problem that many reviewers who had early access to the game missed, has been met with bans that keep problem players out, with some bans lasting for over 30 minutes. Finally, Siege has built up plenty of content, such as new maps and operators, that not only keeps the game fresh, but is also available to all players for free, regardless of whether you buy the season pass or not -- the season pass just gives people earlier access to the new content.

The game is $49.99 on Xbox ($25.00 if you have gold, which you will need to play online), $29.99 on PlayStation and $49.99 on Steam, with the season pass being $29.99 across all platforms. So, while the game is still pretty expensive for a game that released almost two years ago, its intense game play, varied operators and dedicated support from Ubisoft make buying Rainbow Six: Siege at fifty bucks feel like a steal.

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Ubisoft VP Declares: "No More [Paid] DLC... To Have the Full Experience" https://www.gameskinny.com/eksew/ubisoft-vp-declares-no-more-paid-dlc-to-have-the-full-experience https://www.gameskinny.com/eksew/ubisoft-vp-declares-no-more-paid-dlc-to-have-the-full-experience Wed, 23 Nov 2016 00:21:28 -0500 Nam T. Bui

Representative of Ubisoft said that the company will no longer make their future games require DLCs for full experiences. This statement has been made by Ubisoft's VP of live operations Anne Blondel-Jouin when talking to GamesIndustry.biz.

Instead, the company is seeking to support their upcoming games in a length of 5 to 10 years, while planning for a deliberate way of monetisation.

"Monetisation is something we have to be very careful about, and my team is in charge of that and making sure we find a right balance."

Said Blondel-Jouin, she then continued into talking about how compulsory DLCs is bad for the gamer.

"It wouldn't work if it was about making it compulsory for gamers. No more DLC that you have to buy if you want to have the full experience. You have the game, and if you want to expand it -- depending on how you want to experience the game -- you're free to buy it, or not."

Ubisoft is well known for practising excessive utilization of DLCs and pre-order bonuses. Almost every major game release of the company's franchises, such as Assassin's Creed, Far Cry, Watch Dogs and The Division, usually have a one season pass that contains various DLCs, mostly new missions. Moreover, many of Ubisoft's games are sold in many pre-order editions, with exclusive content for specific retailers, which caused controversy in recent years.

One such notorious case is when the company released Assassin's Creed Unity with the pre-order bonus of a pant that allows the character run faster -- also due to the launch issues with Unity, Ubisoft game a piece of DLC for free. However, Ubisoft has some successful exceptions such as Rainbow Six: Siege and South Park: The Stick of Truth, games that don't require the players to buy DLCs in order to have a full experience.

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Rainbow Six Starter Edition temporarily removes the siege on your wallet https://www.gameskinny.com/yjabd/rainbow-six-starter-edition-temporarily-removes-the-siege-on-your-wallet https://www.gameskinny.com/yjabd/rainbow-six-starter-edition-temporarily-removes-the-siege-on-your-wallet Mon, 06 Jun 2016 09:09:46 -0400 Kevin Malkiewicz

Ubisoft has released a new version of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, and it is called the “Starter Edition”. The new edition comes in at an attractive $14.99 price point and includes full access to the Rainbow Six Siege game, but provides a new system for unlocking content. This new system allows players to access the entire Rainbow Six Siege game as long as they do not mind a grind.

The Starter Edition includes the following:

  • Full access to the game’s Operators, Maps, Modes, weapons, and attachments
  • Full progression (level cap)
  • Same servers as Standard and Gold Edition
  • 2 Randomly unlocked Operators (chosen from a pool of the original 6)
  • 600 R6 Credits that can be spent on an additional 2 Operators or additional content

The catch comes at the hand of a fairly steep grind to unlock remaining Operators. Ubisoft estimates that unlocking a new Operator in the Starter Edition will take approximately 15 hours; where comparatively it would take 0.5-2 hours with the Standard Edition.

The Starter Edition can be upgraded to the Standard or Gold Editions at any time, and is also compatible with the Season Pass offered. This is a time sensitive offer that only lasts until June 19, and is only available on PC.

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Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Pro League returns https://www.gameskinny.com/94o6g/tom-clancys-rainbow-six-pro-league-returns https://www.gameskinny.com/94o6g/tom-clancys-rainbow-six-pro-league-returns Tue, 31 May 2016 04:44:59 -0400 Janiece Sebris

Ubisoft is venturing back into eSports to start the second season of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege Pro League for Xbox One.

Players from Europe and North America will compete to be the current champion of Rainbow Six Siege.  Players will compete for 2 months to reach the Season Finals and claim part of the $75,000 prize pool.

To qualify for the second season, the top four teams amassed the most points in the qualifying events in the middle of May. Those two teams secured their place for the season.

The game is made up of six counter-terrorist unit operators. The Rainbow Six is a team of the best Special Force units from around the world: The British SAS, the American SWAT, the French GIGN , the German GSG9 and the Russian Spetsnaz.

The game offers three different multiplayer modes: hostage, secure area and bomb. A solo or team playing mode called Terrorist Hunt puts the players in hostile situations. Solo training situations help players adjust to the mechanics of game and can be played in normal, hard or realistic. 

Even though the game came out late last year in December, the second season of the pro league and all the excitement begins Monday.

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Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Pro League returns https://www.gameskinny.com/94o6g/tom-clancys-rainbow-six-pro-league-returns https://www.gameskinny.com/94o6g/tom-clancys-rainbow-six-pro-league-returns Tue, 31 May 2016 04:44:59 -0400 Janiece Sebris

Ubisoft is venturing back into eSports to start the second season of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege Pro League for Xbox One.

Players from Europe and North America will compete to be the current champion of Rainbow Six Siege.  Players will compete for 2 months to reach the Season Finals and claim part of the $75,000 prize pool.

To qualify for the second season, the top four teams amassed the most points in the qualifying events in the middle of May. Those two teams secured their place for the season.

The game is made up of six counter-terrorist unit operators. The Rainbow Six is a team of the best Special Force units from around the world: The British SAS, the American SWAT, the French GIGN , the German GSG9 and the Russian Spetsnaz.

The game offers three different multiplayer modes: hostage, secure area and bomb. A solo or team playing mode called Terrorist Hunt puts the players in hostile situations. Solo training situations help players adjust to the mechanics of game and can be played in normal, hard or realistic. 

Even though the game came out late last year in December, the second season of the pro league and all the excitement begins Monday.

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Rayman Origins Now Available on Xbox One https://www.gameskinny.com/4qyp0/rayman-origins-now-available-on-xbox-one https://www.gameskinny.com/4qyp0/rayman-origins-now-available-on-xbox-one Sun, 01 May 2016 12:46:28 -0400 JunaeBenne

Rayman Origins, the 2D platformer that Ubisoft Montpelier released back in 2011,  is now available on Xbox One. (Not to be confused with Rayman Legends that has been available in the Xbox One store for a while.) Because of the Xbox's backwards compatibility function, the game has been ported to the One from the 360 for no additional cost.

The Xbox One backwards compatibility feature has been popular with users since it was announced, and is quickly making more games available on the console. Along with Rayman Origins, there's a wealth of other 360 titles available on the Xbox Store, including Gears of Wars 2, King of Fighters ‘98, and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas. There are more games being added daily.

Quick tip: if you save your game to Cloud Saved Games, you will be able to play your saved games on any console. This also keeps your saved games, achievements, DLC, and gamerscore -- which is a relief.

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Emerging game video sharing platform reached 10 million active users https://www.gameskinny.com/rztvy/emerging-game-video-sharing-platform-reached-10-million-active-users https://www.gameskinny.com/rztvy/emerging-game-video-sharing-platform-reached-10-million-active-users Fri, 08 Apr 2016 07:44:36 -0400 StratGamer48

With the rising of popularity of gaming videos, the streaming industry is growing too. Besides Twitch, YouTube Gaming, and FACEIT, there's another game video sharing platform that's thriving on this trend. Plays.tv is a platform where gamers to share their "best hit" moments with others.

On April 6, the site finally hit its 10 million monthly active user milestone, with 4 million content creators. According to a report from CNET, the number of active users on the site is the equal to the number of active users on Instagram by the time the app celebrated its first birthday.

"We're the only platform in the world that can actually read what you do in the game. And plays.tv is starting to offer tools to help more game makers feed that data into player's videos."

-- Dennis Fong, co-founder of Plays.tv

Plays.tv allows users to interact and notify their friends and opponents in game by recording with the Plays.tv Client. After recording and posting on Plays.tv, the player also can share their videos on Reddit, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social media platforms. Besides this, users also can follow their favorite players and games. 

Popular games being played in plays.tv and their short videos recorded by players

At the moment, Plays.tv has covered popular games like League of Legends, DOTA2, Battlefield 4, Hearthstones... Ultimately, Fong's goal is to make Plays.tv into "Gamers' Facebook" -- a large platform where majority of gamers gather and share their best moments.  

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6 tips for Rainbow Six: Siege beginners https://www.gameskinny.com/6z51p/6-tips-for-rainbow-six-siege-beginners https://www.gameskinny.com/6z51p/6-tips-for-rainbow-six-siege-beginners Mon, 21 Mar 2016 15:56:44 -0400 L.A. Skywalker

Rainbow Six: Siege isn't kind to rookies.  Not only is there the learning curve and underwhelming firepower for the beginners, but the lack of respect from tactical veterans makes it clear that run-and-gun might not be such a good idea. But whether its the flying debris or unique operators, the game has a way of drawing you in and keeping you hooked.  

To get ahead of the competition, there are a few things a recruit may want to keep in mind in order to unlock some more sophisticated operatives and up that win-loss ratio.

1. Get Briefed

For most experienced FPS veterans, blowing by the tutorial is somewhat habitual. R6:S is different than most, in both gameplay and preparation. Although the game controls are standard for the most part, some of the level mechanics may differ from what a player is used to. Not only do the videos offer knowledge that experienced players already have, but they also offer rewards for watching them.

There are three videos to choose from ("Barricade", "Walls", "Floors"), all of which reward you with 200 Renown -- the currency by which operatives and weapon attachments are unlocked.  Watching all 3 videos earns you 600 Renown instantly, as well as an additional 200 for the tutorial completion.  Hopping right into Multiplayer with an extra operative (which start at 500 Renown) isn't too shabby.

Note - You don't even have to watch the whole video.  All a player needs to do is open a tutorial video, then exit.  It makes no difference, as Renown is still rewarded, though the information may help a newcomer.

2. Point for Point

If you want that level to rise rapidly, you're going to want to get those points up fast.  Luckily, R6:S has a variety of ways to collect points, many of which don't even involve enemy interaction.  

The easiest and one of the most advantageous methods is spotting enemies and objectives.  Drones and cameras make this possible from attacker and defender positions, respectfully.  Barricading doors and windows also grants a small amount of points, which add up over time if you're a dedicated contender.  Aiming carefully for a head-shot kill also adds some extra experience points, in addition to showing others who's the boss.  Additionally, don't be afraid to use your operatives equipment.  

Greater points are awarded for jamming signals with Mute or deflecting bullets with Montagne, for example.  The quicker you level, the quicker you'll be able to step into the ranked matches, which are available after level 20.

3. Keep in Touch

No one likes to lose.  In R6:S, winners not only get the glory, but they also get the reward.  It's important to know that more Renown is gained after you win a match.  A loss will still reward you, but significantly more comes from a victory.  

With this in mind, it's important to communicate with your squad.  As mentioned before, R6:S isn't a run-and-gun type of game.  It's very easy to turn a corner or breach a wall and be met with a spray of bullets. Communicating often with your team members to call out enemies, objectives, and booby traps will not only keep you alive longer, but it will greatly increase the chances of your team winning the round.  

While there are those who prefer to play the silent mercenary role, you'd be surprised as to how many players are willing to communicate and coordinate online.  Coordination is key.

4. Up for the Challenge

As you continue to breach and blast your way through multiplayer, keep an eye on the challenges that are thrown your way.  At the very least, you will be offered two right from the start.  As you progress, an extra challenge slot will be available, giving the player three.  If you are a truly dedicated operative and have purchased the R6:S Season Pass, then two more challenges slots will become available.  So, higher level Season Pass owners will have five challenge slots at any given point in time, which will reward 200 or more Renown for every challenge completed.  

These challenges come in many forms; anything from round wins as an operative to filling a kill quota in Terrorist hunt.  Upon completion of a challenge a new one will cycle in, making the Renown grind much less painful.

5. Be a Hunter

If you find yourself a bit too far behind the learning curve, try hopping into Terrorist Hunt matches. Terrorist Hunt uses matchmaking to pit players against terrorist NPC's aiming to complete or defend an objective, just like a Casual or Ranked multiplayer match.  While you are still playing with others online, you will be working with them instead of against them.  

Terrorist Hunt also offers a choice of difficulty level, from which the NPC's are adjusted accordingly.  Renown and experience are still gained in the same way as regular multiplayer, but the rewards are slightly lower.  It's also worth noting that Terrorist Hunt can be played "Lone Wolf," putting the player in the role of a solo operative, depending on no one but themselves.  But be wary - even at the lowest difficulty level, the NPC's do some serious damage.

6. Boost Ahead

If your patience is short and you find yourself with a little extra pocket change, boosters are a great way to expedite Renown acquisition. Boosters can be purchased through the "Shop" section of R6:S.  After purchase, you will be given a code which then must be redeemed via your platform specific game market. The booster can then be applied in game to multiply Renown for a specified time frame.  

There are currently four different boosters provided by R6:S for purchase: 1-Day, 3-Day, 7-Day, 30-Day, all of which increase earned Renown by an extra 50%.

What's more, for each teammate in your squad that has a booster active, you will earn an additional 10%.  On top of that, if your whole squad has active boosters, R6:S will tack on an additional 5%, making the grand total an additional 95% Renown.  With boosters that high, the operatives practically unlock themselves.

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6 tips for Rainbow Six: Siege beginners https://www.gameskinny.com/6z51p/6-tips-for-rainbow-six-siege-beginners https://www.gameskinny.com/6z51p/6-tips-for-rainbow-six-siege-beginners Mon, 21 Mar 2016 15:56:44 -0400 L.A. Skywalker

Rainbow Six: Siege isn't kind to rookies.  Not only is there the learning curve and underwhelming firepower for the beginners, but the lack of respect from tactical veterans makes it clear that run-and-gun might not be such a good idea. But whether its the flying debris or unique operators, the game has a way of drawing you in and keeping you hooked.  

To get ahead of the competition, there are a few things a recruit may want to keep in mind in order to unlock some more sophisticated operatives and up that win-loss ratio.

1. Get Briefed

For most experienced FPS veterans, blowing by the tutorial is somewhat habitual. R6:S is different than most, in both gameplay and preparation. Although the game controls are standard for the most part, some of the level mechanics may differ from what a player is used to. Not only do the videos offer knowledge that experienced players already have, but they also offer rewards for watching them.

There are three videos to choose from ("Barricade", "Walls", "Floors"), all of which reward you with 200 Renown -- the currency by which operatives and weapon attachments are unlocked.  Watching all 3 videos earns you 600 Renown instantly, as well as an additional 200 for the tutorial completion.  Hopping right into Multiplayer with an extra operative (which start at 500 Renown) isn't too shabby.

Note - You don't even have to watch the whole video.  All a player needs to do is open a tutorial video, then exit.  It makes no difference, as Renown is still rewarded, though the information may help a newcomer.

2. Point for Point

If you want that level to rise rapidly, you're going to want to get those points up fast.  Luckily, R6:S has a variety of ways to collect points, many of which don't even involve enemy interaction.  

The easiest and one of the most advantageous methods is spotting enemies and objectives.  Drones and cameras make this possible from attacker and defender positions, respectfully.  Barricading doors and windows also grants a small amount of points, which add up over time if you're a dedicated contender.  Aiming carefully for a head-shot kill also adds some extra experience points, in addition to showing others who's the boss.  Additionally, don't be afraid to use your operatives equipment.  

Greater points are awarded for jamming signals with Mute or deflecting bullets with Montagne, for example.  The quicker you level, the quicker you'll be able to step into the ranked matches, which are available after level 20.

3. Keep in Touch

No one likes to lose.  In R6:S, winners not only get the glory, but they also get the reward.  It's important to know that more Renown is gained after you win a match.  A loss will still reward you, but significantly more comes from a victory.  

With this in mind, it's important to communicate with your squad.  As mentioned before, R6:S isn't a run-and-gun type of game.  It's very easy to turn a corner or breach a wall and be met with a spray of bullets. Communicating often with your team members to call out enemies, objectives, and booby traps will not only keep you alive longer, but it will greatly increase the chances of your team winning the round.  

While there are those who prefer to play the silent mercenary role, you'd be surprised as to how many players are willing to communicate and coordinate online.  Coordination is key.

4. Up for the Challenge

As you continue to breach and blast your way through multiplayer, keep an eye on the challenges that are thrown your way.  At the very least, you will be offered two right from the start.  As you progress, an extra challenge slot will be available, giving the player three.  If you are a truly dedicated operative and have purchased the R6:S Season Pass, then two more challenges slots will become available.  So, higher level Season Pass owners will have five challenge slots at any given point in time, which will reward 200 or more Renown for every challenge completed.  

These challenges come in many forms; anything from round wins as an operative to filling a kill quota in Terrorist hunt.  Upon completion of a challenge a new one will cycle in, making the Renown grind much less painful.

5. Be a Hunter

If you find yourself a bit too far behind the learning curve, try hopping into Terrorist Hunt matches. Terrorist Hunt uses matchmaking to pit players against terrorist NPC's aiming to complete or defend an objective, just like a Casual or Ranked multiplayer match.  While you are still playing with others online, you will be working with them instead of against them.  

Terrorist Hunt also offers a choice of difficulty level, from which the NPC's are adjusted accordingly.  Renown and experience are still gained in the same way as regular multiplayer, but the rewards are slightly lower.  It's also worth noting that Terrorist Hunt can be played "Lone Wolf," putting the player in the role of a solo operative, depending on no one but themselves.  But be wary - even at the lowest difficulty level, the NPC's do some serious damage.

6. Boost Ahead

If your patience is short and you find yourself with a little extra pocket change, boosters are a great way to expedite Renown acquisition. Boosters can be purchased through the "Shop" section of R6:S.  After purchase, you will be given a code which then must be redeemed via your platform specific game market. The booster can then be applied in game to multiply Renown for a specified time frame.  

There are currently four different boosters provided by R6:S for purchase: 1-Day, 3-Day, 7-Day, 30-Day, all of which increase earned Renown by an extra 50%.

What's more, for each teammate in your squad that has a booster active, you will earn an additional 10%.  On top of that, if your whole squad has active boosters, R6:S will tack on an additional 5%, making the grand total an additional 95% Renown.  With boosters that high, the operatives practically unlock themselves.

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Microsoft releases 'Name Your Game' Xbox One bundles https://www.gameskinny.com/5275b/microsoft-releases-name-your-game-xbox-one-bundles https://www.gameskinny.com/5275b/microsoft-releases-name-your-game-xbox-one-bundles Tue, 05 Jan 2016 10:16:32 -0500 Alec Pearce

Christmas may have come and gone but Microsoft is still keen for people to pick up an Xbox One in the New Year by introducing two new bundles for Winter 2016, including the 'Name Your Game' deal.

You can now acquire a 1TB Xbox One along with a brand new copy of Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege. It also includes download codes for both Rainbow Six Vegas and Rainbow Six Vegas 2, available through Xbox One backwards compatibility. This will set you back $399 and does not include a Kinect if you are keen to get hold of one.

The second bundle option is a bit different and allows you to 'choose' your own deal. The 'Name Your Game' bundle includes a 500gb Xbox One and a full game download of one of four games. These are: Forza Motorsport 6, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, and Rare Replay.

This will go on sale January 12th at a price of $349 but is only available in these countries: Australia, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, and the U.K. North America is getting the release later in the month. 

If you have yet to pick up an Xbox One then now seems as good a time as any.

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Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege is Counter-Strike for the PlayStation 4 https://www.gameskinny.com/s8qc1/tom-clancys-rainbow-six-siege-is-counter-strike-for-the-playstation-4 https://www.gameskinny.com/s8qc1/tom-clancys-rainbow-six-siege-is-counter-strike-for-the-playstation-4 Thu, 03 Dec 2015 10:12:56 -0500 Stan Rezaee

With so many multiplayer-only titles for the PlayStation 4 that offer so little, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege is blessing for gamers who only want to play an online shooter that returns to the series roots with the spirit of Counter-Strike.

It has been a long time since gamers took on the role of the elite counter-terrorism unit and tasked with stopping terrorists from causing a major catastrophe. It's also been a two years since the great Tom Clancy passed away while leaving the legacy of his gaming media in question.

Rainbow Six: Siege will once again have players work together to fight terrorism while demonstrating that the legacy of Tom Clancy will continue through the many video game series that he established.

An Experience In A Long Wait

In a genre that has been dominated by Call of Duty and Battlefield, hardcore gamers will be thrilled for an online shooter that has difficulty along with the challenges of ArmA III for the consoles.

Yet, some gamers may still be disappointed that Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Patriots was canceled in favor of a multiplayer-only game. The game had a very controversial story that only Tom Clancy could have created that pitted gamers against a domestic terrorist group.

Looking back now; Ubisoft made the right decision to cancel Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Patriots given that the Occupy Movement is now dead while many now associate anti-government militias with white supremacist hate groups. Not helping was David S. Goyer having brilliantly used the same themes of class warfare while featuring a false hero of the 99 percent villain in The Dark Knight Rises and Call of Duty: Black Ops II.

At the same time, it's been an even longer time since gamers experienced a real Rainbow Six experience in which strategy and teamwork came before mindless gunplay. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege gameplay is a return to the series roots, which was the foundation for the establishment of the tactical-shooter genre.

Back To The Tactics

Those whose first experience with the series was Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas are going to have a rude awaking. This is not some Call of Duty wannabe game where it's a free-for-all match. Players will have to once again work as a team to complete their objective or to stand their ground (depending on your team).

Players will be quick to notice many of the familiar features seen in multiplayer shooters such as weapon and character customization along with progression system.The gameplay is divided between the traditional player vs. player (PvP) and a special co-op game called Terrorist Hunt.

Unique to the PvP experience is the Siege Gameplay, an attempt to simulate the counter-terrorism experience by allowing players to alter the destructible environment to create a tactical advantage. Terrorist Hunt pits players against bots as they try to complete a series of objectives during the match.

By combining the elements of a traditional multiplayer game along with the context of what made the Rainbow Six series an icon and with the addition of a unique gameplay setup have resulted in one of the best online shooters since Counter-Strike.

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege not only offers an amazing experience that will rival Counter-Strike but it just demonstrates that the legacy of the great Tom Clancy will live on through the gaming world.

What are your thoughts on Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege, is this the kind of multiplayer shooter you have been waiting for? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege Open Beta Delayed https://www.gameskinny.com/ew76n/tom-clancys-rainbow-six-siege-open-beta-delayed https://www.gameskinny.com/ew76n/tom-clancys-rainbow-six-siege-open-beta-delayed Thu, 26 Nov 2015 05:34:16 -0500 cdiponzia

Unfortunate news, Tom Clancy fans: Rainbow Six Siege's open beta has been sadly postponed! 

Ubisoft decided to keep the game under closed beta status for the time being. They have noticed a few problems across all platforms. They have been facing matchmaking time errors as well as disconnection issues. 

Ubisoft stated, "We apologize for the delay and can assure you this is our top priority. We will keep everyone updated regularly as we continue to deploy improvements."

The game was meant to start its open beta across Xbox One and PlayStation 4 yesterday. Yet Ubisoft has declared that an open beta version will be in the future. 

Ubisoft also made it clear that despite the delay in releasing an open beta, this will not effect the release for the final game. 

Ubisoft wrote, "We are confident the game will work as intended since the known issue will be fixed soon. Therefore the launch will not be impacted by this issue."

So, we can only wait for the open beta to be released sometime soon and look forward to the ultimate release of Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege.

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Rainbow Six Siege open beta dates announced https://www.gameskinny.com/p0ct3/rainbow-six-siege-open-beta-dates-announced https://www.gameskinny.com/p0ct3/rainbow-six-siege-open-beta-dates-announced Thu, 19 Nov 2015 08:06:56 -0500 astik_anand

New details about the open beta of the upcoming FPS, Rainbow Six Siege, were announced today by Ubisoft. The game's beta like many others will not carry your progress and achievements to the full game.

"Your progression, inventory and Ranked gameplay during the Open Beta will not carry over into the final game," the description reads.

The open beta is set to start officially on November 25, but according to the website, players part of the closed beta will have access 24 hours earlier on 24th. "Pre-load will be available on 1st party marketplaces starting on November 23rd, and everyone who participated in the Closed Beta will have 24 hours early access starting on the 24th," it says. The beta will run through the 29th.

The open beta will also feature a new map, new operators, and a new Terrorist Hunt mode as compared to previous testing beta and it will be focusing primarily on testing matchmaking and online infrastructure.

You will get to play Glaz, Tachanka, and Kapkan, the Russian Spetsnaz operators. Fan-favorite Fuze will not be available in the beta. You will be able to play 13 operators in 3 different maps.

The specification requirements for the game were released recently, and you can check them out here.

The game was initially set to launch in October but was delayed to December. Ubisoft is expecting the game to be a big success and went ahead to state that the game has potential of becoming best-selling FPS of the company, leaving behind Far Cry.

What are your thoughts about the game? Will it be the success Ubisoft is expecting? Let us know, leave your comments below.

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Rainbow Six: Siege PC spec requirements revealed https://www.gameskinny.com/0cdgt/rainbow-six-siege-pc-spec-requirements-revealed https://www.gameskinny.com/0cdgt/rainbow-six-siege-pc-spec-requirements-revealed Tue, 10 Nov 2015 10:11:36 -0500 astik_anand

PC system requirements for upcoming FPS, Rainbow Six: Siege, were revealed earlier today by Ubisoft. Alongside minimum and recommended specs, a list of supported graphics card was also revealed. All the required specs are listed below.

Minimum Specifications:

Supported OS: Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64bit versions required)

Processor: Intel Core i3 560 @ 3.3 GHz or AMD Phenom II X4 945 @ 3.0 GHz

RAM: 6 GB

Video Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 or AMD Radeon HD 5870 (DirectX-11 compliant with 1 GB of VRAM)

DVD-ROM Drive: DVD-ROM Dual Layer

Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card with latest drivers

Hard Drive: 30 GB

Multiplayer: Broadband connection with 256kbps upstream or faster

Recommended Specifications:

Supported OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions required)

Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K @ 3.3 GHz or better or AMD FX-8120 @ 3.1 Ghz or better

RAM: 8 GB

Video Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 (or GTX760 / GTX960) or AMD Radeon HD 7970 (or R9 280x [2GB VRAM] / R9 380 / Fury X)

DVD-ROM Drive: DVD-ROM Dual Layer

Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card 5.1 with latest drivers

Hard Drive: 47 GB

Multiplayer: Broadband connection with 512kbps upstream or faster

Supported graphics cards:

Nvidia: GeForce GTX460 or better, GTX560 or better, GTX650 or better, GTX750 or better, or any card from the GT900 and Titan Series

AMD: Radeon HD5870 or better, HD6870 or better, HD7770 or better, R7 260X or better, or any card from the R-300 series and Fury X

Ubisoft earlier hinted that the company has high hopes for the game and according to CEO Yves Guillemot, has a potential to become company's best selling FPS game ever, even surpassing Far Cry 4.

Development of the base game is now complete. Ubisoft recently detailed post-launch content for Rainbow Six. The company plans on releasing four content expansions later in 2016. Maps and modes would be free while new characters and weapon skins will require 'Renown' to purchase. Renown can be accumulated by playing the game.

The game was initially set to release in October, but the launch was pushed back to December 1. Siege is coming for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

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