It finally happened.
The first game that’s planned for release during the holiday rush this year was finally delayed, something gamers should be used to at this point in the year. Last year alone saw a number of titles fly the crowded schedule like Evolve and Batman: Arkham Knight in favor of more development time and greener release windows. So far, the schedule for 2015 has been rock solid.
This year’s first delay came from Ubisoft as they pushed Rainbow Six Siege out of the popular month of October and into December. The delay will give Ubisoft Montreal more time to polish and tweak the experience after the beta hits in September.
The news obviously surprised me as this is a title I felt was solid after playing the alpha earlier this year. It’s certainly a popular franchise and the previous release date helped the title avoid shooter competition in the following weeks like Halo 5: Guardians and Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. Not only that, it would have hit stores before some major franchises like Fallout 4.
With it’s release date now moved back to December 1 along side Just Cause 3, team Rainbow now sits in a more precarious position being behind those major games I mentioned previously. While this won’t be a massive blow, I can’t help but feel like it will definitely hurt on some level. Speaking for myself who’s a big Rainbow Six Vegas fan, I don’t have unlimited money and with a glut of releases staring back at me this year, I’m going to have to make some hard decisions about what I can buy. With Siege now coming after many of the games I’ve been looking forward to, it puts that title in a tougher spot then it was previously.
Doubling down on that fact is that I’m still not sure what kind of campaign this game will have. Ubisoft has focused the majority of the PR coverage on their PvP element, and rightfully so. This past E3 introduced us to the fan favorite Terrorist Hunt mode returning along with Angela Basset acting as a sort of leader for Team Rainbow. There’s been no talk over a dedicated campaign element, so I’m not sure if it’s something that Ubisoft has been holding back or if the “Terrohunt” mode is acting as a sort of fill in. My hope is that this aspect has just not been revealed yet, though, I’m not exactly sure why they’ve sat on it for as long as they have.
Either way, Siege is still going to be a fun and unique title when it hits on December 1, 2015. The delay is unfortunate for sure, but as they say, “a delayed game is only delayed, a bad game is bad forever.” Hopefully, the delay won’t deter players from picking it up but on the other hand, it wouldn’t be too surprising considering the amount of AAA titles releasing this season. It’s a tough spot to be in at this point, but it makes for an interesting holiday season, that’s for sure.