Will the players actually stay true to their word and not play Rainbow Six Siege due to the changes or are these empty threats? Ubisoft's recent financials revealed that the multiplayer game had surpassed 40 million lifetime players and is releasing in new regions.
Although Ubisoft says it isn't going to compromise the gameplay of Rainbow Six Siege, fan response to the changes has been overwhelmingly negative, with fans confused and angered by what they perceive to be hypocrisy on Ubisoft's part. Having the same people working on a singular global version of the game ensures we only need to do the work once. The team is now working towards preparing Rainbow Six Siege for expansion into Asian territories and as such, there will be some adjustments made to its maps and icons to ensure compliance. "This will allow us to be more agile as a development team, and address issues more quickly". Specifically, the game's icons and environment designs are what will be the most heavily impacted by these changes.
The developers are now working to expand Rainbow Six Siege into Asian territories, and is making the adjustments to icons and maps to "ensure compliance". The melee icon has been changed from a knife to a fist, while death icons have been changed from featuring skulls to a white body with an X on it.More news: Klopp hopes Shaqiri omission will defuse local tension
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None of the changes will affect gameplay, although it does mean that various references to gambling, sexual content, and violence will be toned down.
The changes will arrive in the fourth season of this year, and Ubisoft has shared a few examples of what to expect.
There's quite a bit of daylight between the blog post announcing the changes and Ubisoft employees' follow-up statements, so hopefully we'll get some clarification soon.