Ultimately, the game’s launch issue dissuaded much of the genre’s audience away from the game. The issues of net code, low tick rate and other gameplay issues made it less attractive than the alternative releases of the mid-2010s.
However, Rainbow Six Siege is a labor of love. The much-needed TLC the game received during Operation Health in the summer of 2017, combined with free to play weekends makes it one of the most popular titles in the world today.
Why Is Rainbow Six Siege Popular?
Rainbow Six Siege’s gameplay is at the core of its success as a multiplayer title. The multiple levels of strategy, operator variety and different play styles give the game the depth it needs. Unlike other competitive shooters, Rainbow Six has carved its way into the market by blending MOBA elements with intense FPS action. The formula produces unique rounds in every game you play.
The game operates using an attacking and defending half. However, Siege’s twist is on defensive setup. Defenders reinforce walls, barricade doors and use operator gizmos and gadgets tactically. On the other hand, attacker’s bring breaching tools and their own gadgets. Every round offers something unique for both teams to enjoy.
Ubisoft has developed multiple playlists to benefit the casual and the hardcore player. For those wanting quick and easy matches, the Casual queue offers you that. For those wanting the official ruleset without worrying about ELO, Unranked is your choice. Finally, competitive players can queue into Ranked.
Furthermore, Rainbow Six Siege utilizes a yearly content cycle. Typically, every three months, two new operators will be added to the game. Also, a new map or a rework of an old map are introduced a few times a year. This gives the entire product a new breath of fresh air. Their reveals during esport events are some of the most anticipated moments of Ubisoft’s official esports events.
In addition, the game runs on Xbox One, PS4, and PC. This makes it incredibly easy to access for a vast majority of gamers worldwide.
How to play Rainbow Six Siege?
The game fundamentally plays with an attacking side and defending side. Each team plays for four rounds on each side. A game is won when one team reaches four-round wins. In the event of a 3-3 tie, the game will shift into overtime. A further three rounds will play out with both teams switching sides after every round. The first team to score two rounds in overtime wins the match.
In total, there are twelve maps available in Unranked and Ranked game modes. With every new season, the playlist rotates maps. Across each map, the defending team chooses which site they defend. They will then set up a defense strategy based on the operator and site choice.
The attackers will then attempt to take control of the site, depending on the game mode (most commonly bomb). Attackers will take a mixture of soft destruction for non-reinforced structures, hard breachers for reinforced walls and hatches, and other useful utility.