We're Not Being Greedy, Rainbow Six Siege Dev Says About Loot Boxes
Ubisoft says it doesn't feel like it's "cheating anyone" with the PS4, Xbox One, and PC game's new loot boxes.
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Paid loot boxes are coming to Rainbow Six Siege next month during the limited-time Outbreak co-op event. Only cosmetic items will be available in the loot boxes, apparently, but still, not everyone has been thrilled about this announcement. Now, brand director Alexandre Remy has spoken up on the subject, saying he understands the concerns people may have, but he also stressed that Ubisoft doesn't believe it's "cheating anyone" or acting greedily.
"I feel like the loot boxes act like the gift shop after the rollercoaster," Remy told MCV. "I am feeling very empathetic towards players upset with this, but at the same time I do not feel we are cheating anyone, I don't think we are being greedy whatsoever."
Remy went on to say that Ubisoft's guiding principle with loot boxes is to ensure that the items available in them do not affect gameplay whatsoever. This sounds similar to Blizzard's Overwatch, which offers only cosmetic items in loot boxes. On the other side, EA's Star Wars: Battlefront II has gameplay-affecting items in its loot boxes, but in the wake of a huge outcry, the publisher removed all microtransactions from the game (though they are returning soon).
Loot boxes come to Siege on March 6 and will only be available for a limited time, ending on April 3.
While loot boxes may be new for Siege, the game has offered various cosmetic items to buy with real money for a long time now. One of the differences is, with a loot box, you are spending real money for a chance to get the item you want instead of buying it outright.
In other news about Siege, Ubisoft confirmed recently that it will give away a number of its Operators for free as opposed to charging for them as it did previously. You can learn more about these changes in GameSpot's previous coverage here.
For more on the shooter, check out our look at how its new Operators will change the Siege meta and read more about the new Outbreak co-op mode. You can also see some new gameplay footage from Outbreak in the video embedded at the top of this post.