Rainbow Six Siege to Increase Price Two Years After Release and Add Paid Loot Boxes
Rainbow Six Siege came out in December 2015 and since then it became one of the most popular multiplayer titles along with becoming a pretty strong e-sports title. Ubisoft committed to the game, squashing bugs, making balance changes, and delivering new content, but is now taking a strange step by increasing the price of the game.
Starting February 13, 2018, the standard edition will cost $60 instead $40, its current price. Also, it will be renamed to Advanced Edition and will come with a couple of bonuses. “The Advanced Edition comes with all of the content that the Standard Edition had – access to all Rainbow Six Siege content: modes, maps, weapon options, level progression and the standard amount of time required to unlock the original 20 Operators. As an added benefit, the Advanced Edition comes with 600 Rainbow Six Credits, and 10 Outbreak Collection Packs,” reads Ubisoft blog post.
So, you will get a bit of in-game currency ($5 worth of it) and 10 loot boxes that contain cosmetic items, but more on that later. The Gold Edition comes with a Year 3 pass, giving you access to all year three operators, but it costs $90 (the current price is $70). And finally, The Complete Edition is priced at $130, and for the money, you get Season 3 pass along with all operators from the first two seasons. There’s also the $15 Starter Edition, but you have to spend a massive amount of time to earn enough Renown points (the game’s currency for unlocking operators) for different operators because the prizes are ten times lower than with other versions.
This move is rather strange. You expect that a publisher would lower the price for a game after two years, even if the game is a multiplayer-only title. Instead, it seems like the massive popularity of the game made Ubisoft to ask for more money. If you want to buy the game, just wait for discounts because a two-year-old title, no matter how good it is, ins’t worth $60.
In other news, Ubisoft also announced an upcoming Outbreak event that will start “with the launch of the Year 3 Season 1 title update.” Along with the event, the game will receive new Outbreak packs (cosmetic loot boxes) that come packed with Outbreak event skins. There are 50 skins in total, with the price of one loot box being set at 300 R6 Credits (R6 Credits can only be bought for real-world money) and you can’t get duplicates when opening packs.
The Outbreak is a co-op mode where you along with two other friends must battle infested residents of “the small town of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.” While the free event is nice move from Ubisoft, community is dissatisfied because of the fact that all players will get four packs for free, but all those who buy the game after February 13 will get additional 10 free Outbreak packs, making all of those who spent money on the game and Season passes feel like they have been tricked.
Just visit Rainbow Six subreddit, and you will see lots of negative atmosphere about the upcoming changes to the game. We have to agree that raising the price for a two-year-old game is a wrong move, and we think that Ubisoft had to give their loyal customers more free Outbreak packs. It now looks like the game is getting a $20 price increase just because it comes with 10 free loot boxes, in times where loot boxes are the most hated thing in PC and console games.