Player anger over Rainbow Six Siege changes?


Diamond Member
Feb 18, 2001
So Ubisoft is altering some "maps and icons" within Rainbow Six Siege to ensure the game complied with local (I.e. Chinese) regulations. Apparently Ubisoft could have created two versions, one for the Chinese and one for the rest of the world but they did not. So, the bottom line is that the game is being "censored" because of Chinese regulations AND because Ubisoft decided not to create a 2nd version.

I don't play the game but find it interesting how Chinese laws are affecting gaming outside the country.

"Rainbow Six Siege players have complained about proposed changes to the game before its wide release in Asia.

Ubisoft said it had altered artwork in some "maps and icons" to ensure the game complied with local regulations.

The alterations tone down or remove blood spatters, gambling machines and some sexual images in many of the game's locations.

It said the changes were "aesthetic" only and would not affect gameplay.

Wide-ranging Chinese state rules on what video games can depict are believed to be behind the need to modify Rainbow Six.

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The revamp would mean Rainbow Six had a "single, global version" so it would be easier to maintain and introduce new features, said Ubisoft.

It illustrated its blogpost with images showing what some scenes and icons would look like in the new version.

The illustrations depict skulls and knives being swapped for more anodyne images and some elements, such as slot machines, being removed entirely.

The modified images and maps will be introduced with the Year 3, Season 4 release of the game due in late 2018.

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Image caption Rainbow Six Siege has not been widely available in China before now

Thousands of players voiced their anger about the alterations on the Rainbow 6 forum on social news site Reddit.

Many called on Ubisoft to maintain separate builds of the game so long-term fans could play the version they knew and recognised.

Some suggested Ubisoft was also being inconsistent in picking what was being remade - some indicators of gambling had gone, while others, such as loot boxes, remained.

While many disliked the altered scenes, others said it was the reason that Ubisoft had made them that was more upsetting.

For this group of gamers, Ubisoft's decision to conform to the standards demanded by a "communist regime" was unacceptable.

Ubisoft responded to the Reddit chat when a community manager joined the discussion and answered some questions.

However, this intervention only confused players more as the manager implied that the single version of the game would use "region-locked" servers that kept different nationalities apart.

Many pointed out that this should make it easier for Ubisoft to maintain separate versions for each group.

Ubisoft's announcement comes soon after Tencent, with which it is partnering for the Rainbow Six launch, revealed it would take steps to verify the ages and identities of every person playing games it offers.

The move is intended to catch under-age players who, under Chinese law, are subject to restrictions on how long they can play."


Diamond Member
Mar 10, 2007
To be honest, I expected this a long time ago. I wonder how this will affect future games that allow custom content (ie. Sprays in Valve games) but I have a feeling this will only get worse before it gets better.


Golden Member
Jun 5, 2013
I don't play the game but find it interesting how Chinese laws are affecting gaming outside the country.
Anyone else remember Tom Clancy's The Bear & The Dragon novel? It was about the USA siding with Russia against China, and then using the Rainbow strike team to attack Chinese Intelligence, instigate a popular uprising in China, destroy the Communist Government and ultimately convert China into a Democracy... :D

Honestly I don't even understand who buys modern Ubisoft "Tom Clancy" games anymore when they've ended up the exact polar opposite of what Clancy actually authored when he was alive. Personally, I hope Bethesda follows suit, then we can look forward to Doom (2020) PRC Edition. Instead of a hell-based shooter, it'll involve cuddling fluffy red & gold colored unicorns during Praise Be To Jinping Day (all "based on the original IP" of course...)