R6 Vegas back in Black

Pulled content update for Ubisoft's sin-city shooter now free on Xbox Live, reimbursement incoming; Red Edition also free beginning July 6.

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Last week, Ubisoft released the second content update over Xbox Live for its modern-day tactical shooter Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas. Titled Player's Pack: Black Edition, the update included five maps--three new maps and two redux maps from prior Rainbow Six games--and cost 800 Microsoft points ($10). However, not long after it went up, the content was pulled from Microsoft's service, with no word being offered in defense of the abrupt move.

Late last Friday, Xbox Live programming director Larry "Major Nelson" Hyrb posted Ubisoft's official explanation for pulling the content on his blog along with some "good news." Apparently, Ubisoft had intended for the Black Edition to appear on Xbox Live gratis.

As of June 30, though, the map pack is once again available over Xbox Live, and as promised, it is free of charge. Additionally, those who beat Ubisoft on the draw will have their 800 points automatically reimbursed, though with the caveat that reparations will require 8 to 10 weeks.

Also, "as a token of our appreciation for the Rainbow Six community" (read: oopsies), Ubisoft has announced it will be making Player's Pack: Red Edition free of charge beginning this Friday, July 6.

Now available on both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas is rated M for Mature. For more on the game, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Discussion

171 comments
Lord_Syll
Lord_Syll

I never got my reinbursement

fradog23
fradog23

thats awesome. i havent gotten any of the multiplayer packs and was just starting to get back into vegas after months of GoW. and now ill get them for free

volcommeek1
volcommeek1

i purchased the red pack :( and so i should have waited. damn it! well i am nowhere near my xbox so i just have to wait and see when i get home. the last time i was on xboxlive was end of may. i been traveling. cant wait

teknocalpyse
teknocalpyse

Downloaded my FREEEEEEEEEE red and black edition packs this past friday...Paying for extra content doesn't make any sense at all.. I know all the hard work that developers do to try make a great game.. And they need all of our support once the final product is worth playing ...Why add extra pay for play content if you don't know that your game would be famous.. RSV is already a big huge hit..Adding free extra content would just make more profit since more people would buy the game..... Right now I am just waiting till September to download my freeee pack for Gears of War

pirate-monkey
pirate-monkey

do i get my money back for the red pack that i spent 800 points on???

RLJLRmsn
RLJLRmsn

ok were is the red pack its already 12:00 over here in houston or do i have to wait in eastern time

grassgreener12
grassgreener12

yes!! i hope that ubisoft can keep giving us free packs like this.....ubisoft will be losing some money but they will get a more devoted fanbase.....aka ME! R6 Vegas 2 anyone?

niwom510
niwom510

i agree with dario. Ubisoft has made amazing games like GRAW and Brothers in Arms

DarioD04
DarioD04

Thanks Ubisoft! Amazing game company.

claret10
claret10

it is abit harsh on the people who hav already bought it but if they a refund then ok plus i was on the edge of buyin it now might as well

bigmick07
bigmick07

whats wrong with free downloads, nothings wrong with free downloads. Thanks for the free content ubisoft.

NeoNavarro
NeoNavarro

Great, I always welcome new content with open arms.

bessy67
bessy67

are they reimbursing the people who payed for the red edition?

Jebril
Jebril

So now the 360 Version has an edge over the PS3 in price...

WWIAB
WWIAB

yes red pack is gonna be free!! YES!!!!!

Sydwynder
Sydwynder

Oh I'll be downloadin, but when will I get a freakin chance to play???????

sancezz
sancezz

cool! That's a nice move. At least there's a company who isn't saying...tough, you bought it, so live with it ! I think we can all agree this is good for us gamers!

ChickenHounk911
ChickenHounk911

Funny how people complain even when its FREE! Jesus people, download it, ehjoy it and SHUT UP! More game developers need to take note of this. Extra downloadable content for FREE is GOOD.

R3V3N4N7
R3V3N4N7

This is cool but new weapons and camo would have been better.

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

Good for Ubi Soft giving out free content

saintae
saintae

Gratis is also the swedish word for free, but that has nothing to do with this news though, just a fun fact.

Gatorelk
Gatorelk

free additions!!! wow a developed actually is giving the players a break for once!

mtaylor667
mtaylor667

rainbow six...best game out there.

elite_ferns1
elite_ferns1

I was never a fan of r6 but i have some ms points left after buying PoP classic

malmeid2
malmeid2

1337 uber-pwnage, kekeke 8)

djsaskdja
djsaskdja

Wow that is amazing, I can't wait to download both and continue to work my way up to elite.(Like thats ever gonna happen I'm only a 2nd Lieutenant)

puckhead778
puckhead778

wow now if only other games would look at this company's care for their customers......

loulantosdotcom
loulantosdotcom

It's nice to come across a company not entirely willing to screw the gamer over. And on a popular title, too.

Agreb91
Agreb91

That is awesome it will be free now.

kevin73166
kevin73166

Free; that is the way all map packs should be. I am getting tired of companies wanting you to pay 400 points or more for a couple of maps that you would get free on a PC. Thanks Ubisoft and keep up with the free stuff.

Paul_TheGreat
Paul_TheGreat

It's only free because the PS3 version came with all the contents.

willripyouanew1
willripyouanew1

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Chirico_Cuvie
Chirico_Cuvie

"We deserve everything they come out with for free. Its our right after giving them $60. it seems only right that they in return give us content to play their game on." Since when does buying something give you any right to free content? This is a capitalist society, and one way to make more money is to create new content for a product you've bought. Player made maps are free because 95% of the time they are crap and you never play them more than once, if ever. Content made by professional developers, work that they did on company time specifically for the game, should be paid for. You like to get paid for your work don't you? Why should the Ubisoft devs do work for free? You mention the $60 price for a game entitles you to everything they make for free. How about that $400 you spent on the console? Does that entitle you to every game that comes out for free as well? The only right you have for your $60 is in the warranty. Rant over. The free maps are nice and a generous move by Ubi, wait a few days and the Red pack wil lbe free too. See, free stuff does come to those willing to wait and play a game a year later.

YourLastDay86
YourLastDay86

So for those (including myself) who purchased the Red Edition when it was first released get our Microsoft Points back? B/c that would only seem fair for it being free now...

mehoff88
mehoff88

No kidding, MS and anyother game creator should allow its customers to make mods and maps, just like on the pc! Then the only thing useful about a computer would be MS Office, downloading media, and the Internet. Id still own one though...

darkcast
darkcast

Parissun, we do deserve everything they come out with for free. Its our right after giving them $60. it seems only right that they in return give us content to play their game on. Have you ever played a computer game? Well most maps are made by PLAYERS for FREE. If some amateur map maker can make a map im sure pros at ubisoft dont have a problem making 3 maps. If they dont want to WASTE time then why not give players a Map Editor, so we can make our maps? oh wait that would totally kill profits.

stewiegriffin20
stewiegriffin20

Ubisoft thank you for the free download, very generous and very kind, will definetly buy from you guys again!

darkcast
darkcast

hmm i wonder what gratis means??? durrrrrrrr. Is it possible that people dont know the simplest of Latin roots?... lol some strange alien language! Yet you know. Dayum man, ima pown yuz caught i be a haxorr you n00b.

ParisSun
ParisSun

What's up with all these idiots complaining about free stuff all the time. Do you work for free? You people act like you don't understand capitalism and the value of time. These developers spend time and money creating this new stuff and you think it should be free. Get a grip or move to China. Be happy that you got something for free, but don't act like it's your right to get stuff for free.

MayCauseCancer
MayCauseCancer

Im so glad I didn't buy either pack right away. Now I can get them for FREE!!!!

Pedro7_2000
Pedro7_2000

How sweet XBL is!! Thank You UBISOFT and MS!

Fusible
Fusible

Well at least I had it before everybody else. And now I get my money back. Sweet!

Steel_Rain777
Steel_Rain777

Thats cool...Now let's see if other downloads for games will be free, cause they should be

Randy92
Randy92

gratis is Dutch for: free

xmg0
xmg0

UbiSoft is totally cool acting like this.