The tactical first person shooter, Rainbow Six Siege, is following up on what they promised in their mid season reinforcements update. In the update notes there was a focus on their Health Program. The purpose of this Health program is all about maintaining game quality. This means they want to keep a steady flow of updates and other content being added to the game, so players won’t stop playing.
A large part of the Health Program is their Technical Test server. This serves the same function as the PTR in Overwatch. The server is an insulated environment where they can test new features separate from where it can actually do harm. If they add something new to the game it will go the the Technical Test Server first. This means that only the test server will be in danger of breaking. The test server will only be available for PC players in West Europe. The reason for this very specific area being chosen was said to be because “data suggests that they offer us the greatest amount of variables to get the best information possible from this initial test. This will also allow us to monitor the status of the Technical Test Server live, and maximize our reactivity.” There are plans to make the Technical Test Server available globally in the future. It will be accessible in Uplay when added.
This is where the extra good news comes in. Anyone familiar with Rainbow Six Sieges’s matchmaking knows that it is dreadful. It takes abnormally long to get into a match. So this comes as a relief that the first goal of the Technical Test Server is to help test and improve the matchmaking. It will be called One Step Matchmaking. They will just take ten players, split them in half, and then start the game. The matchmaking will also no longer cut you off from the rest of the game menus. While you’re searching for a game you would be able to customize an operator, or whatever else you would want to do. If the Technical Test Server helps fix the matchmaking then its utility will be proven.