Earlier this month, Ubisoft announced that it would be removing visual and text references to sex and gambling in Rainbow Six: Siege ahead of the game's launch in Asian territories.
The changes were meant to allow Ubisoft to have a "singular global version of the game", and were due to be patched in with Operation Wind Bastion. Following widespread backlash, Ubisoft has changed tack.
In the original blog post, Ubisoft mentioned that the changes would help reduce development time while making sure all players across the world got the same version of the game, rather than having to develop two builds concurrently.
In order to prepare Rainbow 6 Siege for “expansion into Asian territories,” Ubisoft announced yesterday that it will be making some global changes to the game’s visuals to remove gore and references to sex and gambling. While the studio says the changes won’t affect gameplay, many fans are still not happy.
"By maintaining a single build, we are able to reduce the duplication of work on the development side. This will allow us to be more agile as a development team, and address issues more quickly," Ubisoft said. The team, however, was "following the conversation" amongst Rainbow Six fans, as well as having "regular discussions with our internal Ubisoft team".
The end result of that is that "all aesthetic changes" will be removed from the game, although the developers note that some of the changes may still be in place when Operation Wind Bastion officially launches. "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," the studio added.
Operation Wind Bastion is set to roll out over the next 24 hours onto the Rainbow Six: Siege test server, ahead of its wider release.