Rainbow Six Siege’s ranked play is likely to leave beta soon. In an interview at this weekend’s Six Major in Paris, we spoke to the game’s brand director, Alexandre Remy, about bringing the first-person shooter’s ranked mode out of testing.
Ranked play has been available in Rainbow Six Siege since the game was first released back in December 2015. But despite the mode having been available for nearly three years, (and spawning a healthy esports scene) Ubisoft is yet to declare it fully fit for purpose. Remy, however, says that that beta tag could be set to disappear in the not too distant future.
In an interview with PCGN at the Major, Remy joked that “I think we are at the point now where we’re too attached to the beta tag to get rid of it.” He goes on, however, to say that while the mode is still “missing a couple of features,” ranked should finally leave its beta testing phase “soon.” Remy also says that “we are close to [the full release].”
Something that appears to be contributing to that ongoing beta status is the game’s ongoing issues with weapon misalignment. Remy says that while Ubisoft has only spoken briefly about their attempts to fix those bugs, the team is “now at a good place to act upon that change.”
The suggestion seems to be then, that once weapon misalignment is fixed, Ubisoft will be one step closer to fully releasing ranked mode. That’s not to say that there aren’t further issues to address, however, so don’t presume that a weapon misalignment fix will be a direct precursor to full ranked play.
Remy doesn’t give any further clues as to when Ubisoft might be ready to press that full release button, but suffice to say it’s unlikely to happen with the release of the upcoming Grim Sky expansion. It’s possible that it will release with season four, of course, but I’d say a better bet would be the beginning of year four, which should begin sometime in early Spring, 2019.