After years of seemingly trying to unite all their games into one massive open world, outpost-capturing, assassination-simulating mass, Ubisoft is starting to do some cool stuff. Rainbow Six Siege is just a couple months away and finally brings back the beloved tactical shooter fans have been missing.
That’s not all, though. The company responsible for some of the most egregious pre-order bonus abuses in history is doing something pretty fan friendly. The developer has announced that the game will include 11 maps, playable both day and night, all built with the game’s Real Blast destruction tech. In addition, though, all maps that come out after launch will be downloadable for free. That means that no matter what other DLC they launch – factions, classes, skins, weapons – you’ll still be able to play games with those friends. Map packs have been a huge revenue stream for companies making shooters, but a tide seems to be starting to turn, as 343 Industries’ Halo 5: Guardians is doing the same thing.
This decision keeps communities unified and prevents maps from being forgotten thanks to a price tag. There will certainly be other paid DLC, as I suggested above, but it seems like publishers are starting to learn that fragmenting your audiences with map packs is not the way to do it.
Rainbow Six Siege launches on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on Dec. 1.