Rainbow Six Siege Won't Make Art Changes Following Fan Backlash

Ubisoft backtracks on removing references to sex and violence from the game's maps.

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Earlier this month, Ubisoft announced that it would change some elements of Rainbow Six Siege's art style to create a unified, global version ahead of the game's launch in China. Now, Ubisoft has confirmed it is reverting the changes in the wake of a wave of negative backlash.

In a blog post, Ubisoft acknowledged that "our community and players have raised concerns," and after spending a week "working on solutions," the publisher decided to go back to the way the game used to look.

To comply with certain restrictions in Asian territories, Ubisoft removed Siege's more direct references to violence--such as skulls and blood--as well as gambling and sex. In-game icons are also being made less violent. You can see a rundown of the changes here in GameSpot's earlier reporting.

Ubisoft said it's reverting the changes with the public release of the Wind Bastion update, and the developer asked fans for their patience, as some art elements may not be reverted right away. "We will carefully remove them all to the best of our ability considering the short timeframe and with the lowest impact on the season's launch date and our build stability," Ubisoft said.

The impact of the art style revert in Siege would be minimal Ubisoft said, though it acknowledged it could "lead to a season delay and/or some instability as our testing and debug times are shortened."

As for why Ubisoft is making these changes to begin with, the publisher said it was watching the conversation online, and as a result it wanted to ensure the experience "remains as true to the original artistic intent as possible."

In the wake of the announced changes, some in the Siege community "review-bombed" the game on Steam. The game's most recent review scores as "mixed," though the aggregate of all the reviews in total remains "mostly positive."

Siege's Wind Bastion update is available now through the game's PTR. You can see the full patch notes here.

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RonThallsBalls

“Being a French company,” said an Ubisoft spokesman, “we’re always looking to surrender in some way. Over the past few weeks we really weren’t sure who we were going to bend over for. At first it looked like the Chinese would get a piece of our asses but then we looked at conversation online and realized it was the Americans we wanted placate. We’re really proud to keep up the French’s reputation for starting shit we can’t finish.”

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thomaswmak

Sure, go ahead and kill people in game. But if the blood splatters and makes a mess then it's no good.

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Thanatos2k

Ruining your games to pander to China? Pathetic. Good that people smacked Ubisoft down.

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ender003

@Thanatos2k: Really? Some extremely minor art changes would be enough to ruin the game?

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Spuurnge

@ender003: yes, because first it starts with this and slowly more and more. Good on the fans for bringing this to light and good on Ubisoft for doing the right thing and listening to fan feedback.

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Silverline62

Good. We need to keep giving the heat to these companies so they stop being lazy. Wanna make changes for a certain region, fine, but keep it only to that region.

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James_xeno

Well at least somethings went right with this whole rush to censorship.. Too bad everything else is still going to hell!

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WarFox89

The changes of the art style never made it to the public game and now they are reverting them so they never will make it to the public game .... so much work time wasted ...Ubi logics

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Warlord_Irochi

@WarFox89: A big publisher listened to the fans and put their opinion ahead of profit and money. I don't see what is wrong with that.

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WarFox89

@Warlord_Irochi: nothing wrong about it. It’s even good. It’s just if they asked the community first - prior to making those changes, they could save work time and resources on implementing them and now reverting the implementation now.

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Warlord_Irochi

@WarFox89: I guess they were not expecting such backslash when we talk about very limited cosmetic elements. Icon and some minor artwork here and there. They were even going to leave the kill blood decals, which I'm really surprised about.
If Ubi were to change all the assets to make the game look like Spongebob Squarepants, then I would understand the outrage, but those 2-3 minor stuff are far from being something that ruins the experience. I'ma gains censorship in games as much as the next guy, but there are degrees and degrees, and each one deserves an appropriate reaction.

I can see still some legit points on the critics side; this could have been interpreted by some as a nasty precedent of more global censorship based on Chinese guidelines. Something that would be, of course, worrisome.

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3partan341

Ubisoft should sell this spinoff to a Chinese f2p company and focus on making a real Rainbow Six game.

https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=936020164

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MisterVulpes

@3partan341:

You’re very sad.

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Warlord_Irochi

@3partan341: And you should just move on, dude. You've been posting for months bashing this game. A game you obviously don't like. What is the point of wasting your time like that? Do you get some kind of self-fulfillment for doing that?

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ender003

"In the wake of the announced changes, some in the Siege community "review-bombed" the game on Steam."

What pathetic children.

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Thanatos2k

@ender003: Why? It worked. It was exactly what they should have done.

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MisterVulpes

@ender003:

I mean, if that’s what made them take this action then it’s a good job they did review bomb it.

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James_xeno

@ender003:

Hey, they couldn't vote with their wallet since these bullshit changes were attempted to be snuck in way after release. Any type of bullshit like this is way too much/far.

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Warlord_Irochi

@ender003: Kinda, yes.

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Acillatem1993

@ender003: Amen.