Now that Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege is officially available to everyone, you’d be well-advised not to kill your own teammates. I mean, really, it’s just courteous not to shoot each other in the face, but it seems that Ubisoft is going out of its way to enforce good manners.
A fan recently asked the game team on Twitter if the studio was planning to “do anything about trolls that kill people on their team”. The response was rather positive (if a little vague):
We have a plan in place to handle them. It will not be tolerated at launch!
We’re hoping that doesn’t mean such behaviour will be tolerated later on, of course.
It’s always an option for developers to eliminate Friendly Fire, by simply turning the function off. For some games, this makes sense – but for a strategic, tactical project like Rainbow Six Siege, removing the option actually creates more trouble than it fixes. Removing the risk of damage from Friendly Fire also removes the risk of damage from explosives, grenades and other weapons, which can easily be taken advantage of (hey, if you could stand in the middle of an explosion, unhurt, while all your enemies fall around you, you’d do it too, right?).
Quite what Ubisoft’s plan is, we don’t know. We’re going to assume, however, that like Father Christmas, Big Brother (possibly Tom Clancy himself) will be watching all your games and keeping a note of those people who point guns at their friends. If you end up on the wrong side of the naughty list, watch out!
Rainbow Six Siege is out now for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.