Ubisoft has announced that it is making changes to Rainbow Six Siege as it prepares to expand the game into Asian territories, and in the process the company is altering in-game art and visuals to comply with local decency laws.
"None of these changes will have an impact on gameplay", Ubisoft assures, the reasoning for the changes being that the developer will be able to streamline support for a "global version" of Rainbow Six Siege, rather than having to maintain "two parallel builds".
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The changes don't affect the gameplay but it will mean removing overt references to gambling, in the form of fruit machines; sexual content, in the form of pole dancer signs; and, most unlikely of all, violence. Despite this, Ubisoft stated on Reddit that a single build would not technically be possible and that there would be "some things that are split build-wise". Some are posting amusing memes with alternate character icons (in one, Calveria's icon holds a grilled sausage rather than a stiletto), but many are saying they plan to quit playing Siege if these changes go into effect. It's not hard to see how some of the content here could fall afoul of these rules, broad and uncompromising as they are. That being said, some of Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege visual elements will be changed with Year 3 Season 4 so the game can remain consistent across all of the regions it's available in. Popular battle royale game PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is now facing a potential ban in China, and many other Western games have struggled to secure release in the region.
More details on the changes coming to Rainbow Six Siege can be read here.
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