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According to game director Leroy Athanassoff, Rainbow Six Siege could become free-to-play at some point but the final decision is up to Ubisoft.
Athanassoff stated that the development team wants the game to become free-to-play and accessible for everyone but at the end of the day it’s Ubisoft’s decision.
The game does have to tackle some serious issues if it’ll go free. “You need certain features ready to be a good and successful free-to-play game,” Athanassoff said. The challenging problem that Rainbow Six Siege is tackling is in-game smurfing and according to the director they’re bulking up their anti-smurfing measures.
Smurfing is a term used to describe the act of creating a new account for the sole purpose to play in a lower-ranked than the player actually is. This method allows the player to dominate less skilled players while ruining their experience. Players that smurf usually loses games on purpose in an attempt to stay in lower-ranked.
“What’s important for us is that we find out as soon as possible that a player is highly skilled in the things that matter,” Athanassoff said. “The problem right now is that you can play a certain amount of matches with Copper players while you’re a Diamond.”
At the end of the day, the decision is up to Ubisoft on whether they do go the free-to-play route,