Rainbow Six developers are rethinking night maps after community appeal

Night maps were once a staple of Rainbow Six Siege, but Ubisoft removed them in 2019 due to gameplay concerns. After many calls from the community, however, the developers are reconsidering their stance ⁠ – but there’s a catch.

Once upon a time in Rainbow Six, every map had a night variant. The after-dark battlefields were grungy lit and had an interesting vibe that resonated with players.

However, they were slowly removed over a year ⁠ – first from rankings in 2018 due to “competitive gameplay” concernsthen all together in Operation Ember Rise coming in late 2019. They were only made available through custom games, but even that is gone.

Their removal caused some controversy, especially in the casual community, who liked the different feel. While some maps feature darker lighting, like Hereford Base’s rainy sky, Players want both sunny days and starry nights in their siege battlefields.

This appeal to the community has caused Ubisoft to reconsider its stance.

Favela at night in Rainbow Six Siege

Night maps were removed from Siege in 2019, but players want them back.

“Whenever we decide to create a night map, we need to make sure it’s well lit to ensure the most balanced and competitive environment possible,” the developers explained in an April 29 AMA. “It doesn’t matter if a future map is day or night, but the lighting of the map has to be fair.”

If they can make the gameplay fair, they will add night variants. There’s a small catch to this open door though: past cards don’t get reskins, and it will only be future cards that return after dark.

“We have no plans to convert past maps to night maps, but we are not closing the door on future maps,” the developers concluded.

While there’s no timeframe or guarantee, there could be more on this front in the coming months and years as three siege maps develop in Year 7, including the recently released Emerald Plains.

https://www.dexerto.com/rainbow-six/rainbow-six-devs-reconsidering-night-time-maps-community-appeal-1814854/ Rainbow Six developers are rethinking night maps after community appeal

Emma Bowman

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