Rainbow Six Siege developers, fresh from the release of three new playable Operators from Operation Blood Orchid, have said that they plan to have at least 100 Operators within the life of the game. With 33 current Operators, 8 of which being added in year one alone, the game can expect to be around for at least another 8 years– but brand director Alexandre Remy says why stop there?
In an interview with PC Gamer, Remy spoke on the recent success on Siege and it’s rocky start. The game was impressive at launch, but it came with only 21 Operators and was riddled with various bugs in both the gameplay itself and the matchmaking system. Through a series of patches the game slowly improved, and after Operation Health (an entire season’s worth of patches and updates) which Remy described as “a big statement in the sense that we are clearly saying that quality of service, the quality of the game comes first,” Rainbow Six Siege grew its player base to over 20 million players, 2.5 million of which are active every day. Remy continued: “This is why we had to postpone the seasonal content that we usually roll out: to make space and prioritise online improvements, to employ a new content strategy where we put featured content on test servers and then, when it’s ready, deploy it to other platforms.”
With the effort and resources Ubisoft and the developer team has put into the game, Siege is definitely here to stay. “Oh yeah, we are looking at developing the game with 100 Operators—I’ll let you do the math and work out how many years that does,” Remy stated. He added: “There’s no reason for us to stop there.” This is a bold vision for a game that launched to such a shaky start– but at the rate it’s going now, Siege looks like it can’t be stopped.One has to wonder at how 100 different Operators can make a unique impact on the game– four of the last five have all had some sort of deployable device that stuns and/or disorients enemy players. With an ever growing and vibrant community, as well as a committed developer team, Ubisoft should have no problem changing the game up ever few months with the addition of a pair of new Operators.