Four years on, Rainbow Six Siege is still going strong with regular seasonal updates and continuous developer support. After topping 50 million players last September, the first person shooter has now launched its first new data center in South Africa.
South Africa Data Center
Rainbow Six Siege’s first post-launch server region in South Africa is now live for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One users. Ubisoft will first test the waters on console before bringing the new server online for PC players in the coming weeks. With such a massive and continuously growing player base, demands for server expansion in areas such as India, Middle East, and South Africa have been at an all-time high.
“We are happy to announce than South African server tests during Operation Shifting Tides test servers were successful,” writes Ubisoft. “We are deploying permanent servers in the country for Xbox One on Monday, December 9th. If the servers stability meets with our quality standards, we will deploy the servers on other platforms in the following weeks.”
Being a fast-paced competitive multiplayer shooter, maintaining a reliable low latency connection is vital in Rainbow Six Siege. In the past, high ping was extremely destructive to the game environment, and Ubisoft was forced to resort to countermeasures. Although abusing ping is no longer a possibility in Rainbow Six Siege, several players, such as those residing in places not covered by the game’s 11 data centers, were left helpless.
Now, however, those Rainbow Six Siege players can enjoy a much better gameplay experience thanks to improved connectivity.
Since launch, Rainbow Six Siege has relied on Microsoft Azure to run its data centers. However, due to a lack of expansion on Microsoft’s part, Ubisoft was unable to open up new server locations for a long time. Now that Microsoft is making steady progress on its data centers in prime locations such as South Africa and soon the Middle East, it’s not illogical to expect more and more data centers for the first person shooter.