Considering I’ve got a good few thousand hours of Counter-Strike under my belt, you’d think I would’ve at least played Rainbow Six Siege by now. I actually do own newish tactical shooter from Ubisoft – it’s just stuck underneath a massive backlog of other titles I’d like to get through first.
It’s not a bad move on my part mind you, because over the past few months, Rainbow Six Siege has been only getting better thanks to a steady flow of patches. The latest, patch 2.2, aims to improve things even further, particularly in the competitive department (via PC Gamer):
Patch 2.2’s main goal is to ensure a solid competitive experience before the start of the Rainbow Six Pro League. Its content is focused on elements such as cheating, exploits and spawn killing counter-measures as well as minor tweaks and bug fixes.
Apart from the nifty inclusion of a report button, patch 2.2 comes with improved spawn locations, and an update to ranked matchmaking which should see players getting extra balanced better matchups. It’ll also enable the kill cam in ranked play…
We are aware that there is a certain widespread sentiment that high level Ranked matches are often ruined by cheaters. We want to deter ‘witch hunting’ as much as possible. While there were legitimate design reasons to remove the Kill Cam from Ranked, we cannot compromise on the quality of our game experience.
For this reason, we are enabling the Kill Cam on Ranked matches to remove this ‘hiding spot’ for cheaters. It will help the community as well as ourselves identify suspicious behaviors with a better level of certainty. Given the nature of our game (destruction, observation tools, high lethality), players are very likely to have doubts about what happened when they get killed. This causes confusion whether they died by a legitimate player or a cheater. This doubt causes a negative atmosphere for everyone regardless of the presence of cheaters in the match.
Therefore, activating the Kill Cam in Ranked serves two purposes: make it harder for cheaters to hide and improve players’ perception by allowing them to witness how they got killed. In the long term, we will also be working on improving the Kill Cam in order to make it more accurate and reliable.
Information is key in a game like Rainbow Six Siege. It seems a bit unfair to have the kill cam enabled in ranked, but in the long run, if it helps rid the game of cheaters (or witch hunters), then it’ll be worth it.
Are you still playing Rainbow Six Siege? Are you happy with the new features in patch 2.2? The update is out on PC today, and consoles tomorrow.
Last Updated: March 1, 2016