Ubisoft And Tencent Working To Bring Rainbow Six Siege To China
Despite the fact that backlash from fans last year caused Ubisoft to re-implement sex and gambling references in Rainbow Six Siege, the company is now working with Tencent in order to bring the game to China. China banned virtual corpses and pools of blood not long ago, which made some games unplayable in the territory. Previously games could get away with changing the colour of blood to black, for example, but with the new rules in place games have to consciously omit these gory details. Siege is one such game that suffered the loss.
Beginning in April 2019 in fact, China has prohibited the presence of corpses and blood virtual in games, making some of the titles illegal. Initially, the developers have done so by simply changing the color of blood in black but this “trick” was soon made ineffective. Also Rainbow Six Siege has already tried to make the context of the game less violent, by removing the blood splatter or eliminating the neon in the shape of exotic dancers. However, the protests of the community have forced Ubisoft to retrace his steps, after the accusation you have modified the game to suit the standards of the chinese. The recent partnership with Tencent demonstrates, however, that the publisher frenchman is still looking for a solution, and that will continue to work on the project pending the approval of the chinese government.
Just last weekend, Ubisoft managed to bring 4,000 Rainbow Six Siege fans in Japan for the title’s first ever live event in Asia, a solid achievement when you consider that hardly any tactical FPS games have ever made it big in Japan.
But for Francois-Xavier Deniele, Ubisoft EMEA esport director, Ubisoft has barely broken a sweat, and they’re not planning to stop at just Japan. “Right now, I’m most excited about our plans for China,” Deniele says. “China, it’s something very important for me, and for Siege. I’m working a lot of the introduction of China at this point, because when it happens it’s going to be a huge step that changes not just for the state of the game, but also for the esports scene, because there’s such a huge market.
Deniele is quoted as saying the following:
“We need to be careful to not destroy everything we are doing with Rainbow Six: Siege along the way [to bringing the game to China], so a lot of all of our jobs right now is working on how we will get the Chinese market into the scene, not just for the game, but also into our esports plans.”
“It’s exciting to me because I don’t think there’s any other territory that will completely change the way everything works with the introduction of just one territory.”
It’s likely that, given that Rainbow Six Siege is once again attempting to make its way to China, the Chinese version of the game will once again have its sex, gambling, and violence references removed. You can see changes that were previously made (before fan backlash caused Ubisoft to revert them) below. Examples include the complete removal of slot machines, the removal of blood from a painting, and the changing of a neon sign from a woman posing provocatively to a pointing hand.
Tencent is also the company that helped launch PlayerUnknown: Battleground’s in China, so the have experience in FPS localization for these sorts of games. It is likely Ubisoft wants to target China as it’s a massive territory to be excluded from at the base level, but also within esports.
At the time, fans claimed that this censorship was ‘needless’ as it was purely aesthetic as the core mechanics of Rainbow Six Siege, which mostly consist of shooting other players, remained the same. What changes will be made to the game this time round have yet to be seen.