Rainbow Six Siege: Creative director Xavier Marquis on including Australian operators

Nathan Lawrence 7 April 2017 NEWS

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Rainbow Six Siege features operators from around the globe, but it doesn’t yet include any Australian special forces operators.

At launch, Rainbow Six Siege (PS4, XBO and PC) shipped with a range of attacking and defending operators from the UK, USA, Germany, Russia, and France. Subsequent DLC releases have seen Canada, Brazil, Japan, and Spain represented.

Outside of the repetition of the USA for the second round of Rainbow Six Siege’s DLC, Ubisoft Montreal has said it wants to represent a new nation with each subsequent DLC drop.

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Year two has started with Spain and, before the year is out, will offer new operators from Hong Kong, Poland, and South Korea. Despite being represented in the very first Rainbow Six game way back in 1998, there hasn’t been any official word on Ubisoft Montreal’s plans to include Australian operators in Rainbow Six Siege.

That is, until we pushed the point with creative director Xavier Marquis. Here’s what he had to say:

Do you have any plans for Australian special forces operators?

Okay, you know what? It’s not official because it cannot come only from me, but it’s my dream to have Australia in our map for the seasons in the future.

Beyond year two [2017], then?

Year three [2018]. Why not?

It’s a shame that the creative director on the game can’t push this decision through without democratic process but, if he Marquis gets his wish, Rainbow Six Siege fans can expect to see Australian operators in the game in 2016.

As old-school fans of the Rainbow Six series may recall, Timothy Hanley was a member of both the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) and the Australian Tactical Assault Group (TAG) before joining the international counter-terrorist unit Rainbow.

Assuming Ubisoft Montreal continues to follow its ‘two new operators per season’ (one attacker, one defender) quarterly release schedule, the Rainbow Six Siege developer will have a choice of representing SASR, TAG, or both, in terms of the operators’ backgrounds.

The better news is if Ubisoft Montreal is able to deliver on its pledge of at least another decade of content for Rainbow Six Siege [link to ‘Brand director Alexandre Remy on “10 more years” of content for Rainbow Six Siege’ article], it can potentially revisit Down Under down the track, given Australia has multiple special forces units. If Ubisoft Montreal was willing to do it for America, there’s no reason they couldn’t do it for Australia, too.

For those Aussies who haven’t played Rainbow Six Siege, Ubisoft Montreal reports that the local player numbers tend to swell in relation to the country of origin of new operators. Assuming Australian operators land in Rainbow Six Siege next year, you patriotic fence-sitters may well find yourself enticed into playing.

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