Rainbow Six Siege has been delayed until December 1, publisher Ubisoft has announced. Rainbow Six Siege was originally meant to be released on October 13, but Ubisoft has said they needed to delay the game by a few weeks to make some final improvements. The beta will still launch on September 24 as originally planned.
“This wasn’t an easy decision,” Ubisoft wrote in a blog post. “But based on the feedback we’ve received, and based on our own internal tests, we felt there are adjustments and improvements we can make, including improving the co-op experience across all game modes, weapon and gadget balancing, as well as menu and interface navigation. We’re taking a little more time to make these changes, and we think it’s the right call.”
Ubisoft says the extra time will help them improve elements of the multiplayer mode of Rainbow Six Siege such as infrastructure and matchmaking. They say the decision was brought on by feedback from both internal playtesters and gameplay sessions from public events like E3 and Gamescom.
“We understand that many of you are excited to get your hands on the final game, but as gamers ourselves we know that quality comes first and we are committed to delivering the best game possible.”
Ubisoft has made the mistake of releasing games on time rather than delay them to make improvements in the past, so it’s good to see they’ve learned from those experiences. While nobody likes to hear that a game they’re excited to play has been delayed, after years of seeing triple-A games released buggy and broken most gamers would now much prefer that developers take their time to make their games as good as they can be.
Fortunately, the date of the Rainbow Six Siege beta hasn’t changed. Access to the beta was included as an incentive for preordering the game, so those who’ve already laid down their cash will be glad to see the original dates being honoured.