Rainbow Six Siege Adds “Open Beta” Before Launch

Stretching the definition of “beta” about as thin as can be, Ubisoft just announced a so-called “open beta” for Rainbow Six Siege [official site] starting Wednesday, November 25. You know, six days before the actual release.

That’s likely not enough time to fix anything with the game if something’s found to be broken. But it is a perfect opportunity for you to try the game, something we used to call a “demo.” Or, as Ubisoft puts it, “Experience team-based tactical combat in its most intense, lethal and destructive form all before it hits shelves on December 1st.”

Accompanying this announcement is a new ad where Ubisoft convinced critically-acclaimed actor Idris Elba to utter the words “Are you ready to siege the day?” Seriously.

The “open beta” will be available to preload through Uplay on Monday, November 23 by heading to your “Games” tab. You can see what’s included here, but in short: it’s limited to three maps, fourteen operators, and three game modes—”Bomb,” “Secure Area,” and the PVE “Disarm bomb” variant.

Marketing stunts aside, I’m looking forward to playing more Rainbow Six Siege. As far as dumb, shooty explosions go, Siege is a (groan) blast. And luckily I—an interloper here—am not the only who thinks so. A cursory search reveals Graham and Pip also seemed to like the alpha earlier this year.


  1. Thurgret says:

    You’ve flipped the links on ‘Rainbow Six Siege’ and ‘official site’ around.

    Also, hurrah. I was keen to try this out, but leery of paying full price just to see if I liked it.

  2. Achtung Englander says:

    Oxford English Dictionary definition of “Open Beta”: see demo

    I mean really, 6 days for testing, what on earth can they fix in that time ?.

    Its a demo. So call it a demo. Or is the word “demo” now a dirty thing ?. Would not “demo” be a better word than “open beta” because “demonstration” means you are playing a finished product. An open beta means it needs testing and fixing.


    • Llewyn says:

      No, it’s definitely a beta; six days before release represents the earliest point at which Ubisoft’s feature-complete QA would begin, and it will be played by Ubi’s usual QA teams (cf AC Unity).

    • JonClaw says:

      If they call it a demo, they lose out on stating that the beta is “not representative of the final product.”

  3. int says:

    Idris Elba just comes off as a creepy siege voyeur to me.

  4. Richie Shoemaker says:

    Is R6S “dumb shooty”? After 50 or so hours with it I’m happy to rank it alongside CS and Red Orchestra. It’s certainly a challenging game tactically. Seems a bit lazy to throw it in with the Battlefronts, Serious Sams and the Wolfensteins of the world.

    • Prolar Bear says:

      Was about to say just that.

    • Wohful says:

      CS and Red Orchestra are miles apart in terms of pacing, tactics and attention to deatil… So which one is R6S like?

  5. yan spaceman says:

    Am I right in believing the only single player option is lone wolf?

    • Richie Shoemaker says:

      There is a bunch of single-player missions. Not quite a campaign, but significantly more than a tutorial. For an MP focused game it’s quite generous, but not enough to justify the RRP if you refuse to play online.

  6. Dezztroy says:

    The official site specifically states that the open beta is for testing the server infrastructure, not game features. Fixing server issues is certainly not impossible to do in 6 days.

  7. JimDiGritz says:

    Is it just me or does clicking on the Uplay PC Beta link on the link to rainbow6.ubi.com page do absolutely nothing….

    • JimDiGritz says:

      .. I guess having re-read that you can only click on the pre-load button after 23 November…