Over five years after its release, Rainbow Six Siege’s cheating problem is bigger than ever. For the past few seasons, everyone in the community ranging from casual gamers to professional players have been avoiding ranked due to the high chance of encountering a hacker. After weeks of silence, developer Ubisoft finally addressed the issue in a new blog post.
“We have recently observed an increase in cheating mentions and reports from players,” writes Ubisoft. “We want to emphasize that we do not tolerate cheating in game and are working on multiple strategies to address the cheating frustrations and uphold the competitive integrity of Rainbow Six Siege.”
In addition to cheating, Ubisoft is also targeting those who intentionally freeze lobbies to disrupt matches. All of this will be done alongside Ubisoft “reinforcing the bridge” between Rainbow Six Siege and its anti-cheat software, BattlEye.
Moreover, Ubisoft is working to discourage cheaters by increasing the entry barrier for ranked. Currently, all new Rainbow Six Siege accounts must reach clearance level 30 before they are able to play ranked. While this is easy enough to do by grinding out PvE game modes like Training Grounds, it is apparently not an obstacle big enough for most of the game’s cheaters. As such, Ubisoft will implement a daily level grind cap alongside increasing the level requirements to make it harder for cheaters and smurfs to access ranked.
Lastly, Rainbow Six Siege’s next few patches will focus on fixing its own bugs. The unintended abandon sanction bug which resulted in a penalty if players stopped ranked matchmaking right as a match was found will be fixed in the next season. For those who don’t stop the queue, they would sometimes be forced to play ranked matches with incomplete teams. As such, Ubisoft is working on a new “Match Cancellation” feature that will allow players to cancel a match early on if their team is incomplete.
Expect to see these changes and improvements hit Rainbow Six Siege with the Y5S2 patch.