Earlier this month, Ubisoft announced their plans of censoring Rainbow Six Siege while preparing for release in Asian territories. Instead of launching two separate builds, the developers decided on “a single, global version”. This obviously angered fans, many of whom threatened to uninstall the game if the changes go live, who took to Reddit to express their opinions. The issue gained popularity quickly and Ubisoft has now decided to cancel all plans of global censorship in Rainbow Six Siege.
“We have spent the last week working on solutions and have decided that we will be reverting all aesthetic changes,” says Ubisoft in an update blog. “We will begin reverting these changes alongside the launch of Wind Bastion so no player is impacted; we ask you to be patient if some elements remain. 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.”
It seems that Ubisoft’s progress regarding censorship was already underway, which means that the developers will have to spend resources to revert the changes. Ubisoft notes that we might see a “season delay and/or some instability as our testing and debug times are shortened.” Operation Wind Bastion is due early December, but given the situation, it might be postponed.
Explaining the reasoning behind the change of plans, the post continues: “We have been following the conversation with our community closely over the past couple of weeks, alongside regular discussions with our internal Ubisoft team, and we want to ensure that the experience for all our players, especially those that have been with us from the beginning, remains as true to the original artistic intent as possible.”
The developers have yet to announce whether or not they will create a separate censored build for the Chinese market, but for now, Asian Rainbow Six Siege players can continue playing the game normally. The full release of Operation Wind Bastion might be delayed, but the new content is already up and running on the technical test servers.