Ubisoft Is Making Big Cosmetic Changes To Rainbow Six Siege
In a new Dev Blog from the Rainbow Six Siege website it has been brought to the attention of players that major cosmetic changes are coming.
In order to ensure compliance whilst expanding into Asian territories a variety of imagery within the environment of the game has had to be changed. This includes violence, gambling, environmental blood and sexual content. Skulls are being removed from wall art and all gambling references are being removed from the game, as see in the images below.
Blood within the game’s environment, such as blood splatter, is also being removed to comply with Asian territories. Additionally, all sexual content will have to be removed. Examples of these can be seen below.
The blog posts explains these changes are coming to ‘a single, global version’ of the game, upsetting many fans. The drastic visual changes are even being called censorship by some player. Censorship within games to comply with the laws of other countries has been a hot topic in the gaming industry over the last few years. So, whilst a shocking change to a much loved game this news is nothing new.
The blog post goes on to explain “by maintaining a single build, we are able to reduce the duplication of work on the development side.” Having two separate builds for the game will require a lot of communication to ensure there are no differences in terms of gameplay for either build.However, creating separate builds for different territories due to laws has been done before.
For such an adult game, it seems extreme to remove these elements, however this is being done to comply with Asian territories so the game can be more globally playable. Whilst a vast visual change, the blog post ensures this will not affect gameplay and the core elements of the game at all.
However, a Ubisoft Community Manager u/UbiNoty has contradicted these statements in a reddit post. They state that “it is not possible to have a completely global build. Thus, there will be some things that are split build-wise.” This directly contradicts the dev blog post confusing matters greatly. They go on to say that the branched build will be region locked not having access to the existing player base. This suggests that the build for the Asian territories will be a separate build locked within this region and unplayable to existing players.
With such confusing contradictions, we’ll have to wait and see what happens with the final version of the game and whether it will be split into two separate builds.
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