Ubisoft has announced Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege has had its release date delayed to December 1st.
The latest instalment to the FPS Rainbow Six series was originally set to launch on October 13th, but fans will now have to wait until near Christmas to get their hands on it.
Rainbow Six Siege was playable at many recent gaming events, such as E3 and Gamescom, so some may be puzzled as to why the delay is needed.
Explaining its decision to delay the game in a blog post, Ubisoft offered up the following explanation: “This wasn’t an easy decision, 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.”
While it may be disappointing news for fans of the series, players who already have their beta invites need not worry about having the beta test delayed too. “The closed beta for Rainbow Six: Siege will still start on September 24, 2015 as planned,” Ubisoft reassured fans, “and the additional time will allow us to further test things like infrastructure and matchmaking. That extra testing and added polish will make for a higher-quality experience at launch.”
It’s refreshing to see a game not being pushed out of the door before it’s ready, something that Ubisoft itself alluded to in the blog post. “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.”
Something sure to add quality to Rainbow Six: Siege is the return of the Terrorist Hunt mode, a favorite of many Rainbow Six: Vegas fans which sees yourself and up to 3 friends take on the AI and eliminate a terrorist threat. If you’re not familiar with it, check out the gameplay trailer below.
Rainbow Six: Siege will be available on Xbox One, PS4 and PC on December 1st, 2015.