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Rainbow Six Siege Hits New Player Peak After 'Outbreak'

Rainbow Six Siege is experiencing a resurgence, thanks to some help from the undead.


Video game science has proven over the years that people like zombies. They like zombies a lot. So with Rainbow Six Siege unleashing its Operation Chimera update, complete with zombie-killing Outbreak mode, the game appears to have a whole new lease on life.

According to PC Gamer, the Rainbow Six Siege concurrent player count peaked at 176,856 earlier on Wednesday. That's a new record for the game. On top of that, SteamCharts data indicates that the game's Steam audience has tripled, which is more impressive when considering that it does not factor in UPlay users.

This news further indicates a resurgence for Ubisoft's tactical shooter. The esports side of the game is similarly experiencing unprecedented success, with the recent Rainbow Six Siege Invitational racking up nearly 9 million views.

So what's got people interested in Siege all of a sudden? Once again, the big answer is zombies. Outbreak allows players to field their best teams to cure a viral outbreak in the town of Truth or Consequences. While it sounds like a simple zombie game on the surface, it becomes much more interesting with Siege's physics engine that makes just about every object a degree of destructability.

The main PvP multiplayer modes also got a couple of new Operatives. Be sure to read about Lion and Finka before jumping into Outbreak.

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    March 7, 2018 12:50 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Rainbow Six Siege Hits New Player Peak After 'Outbreak'

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      March 7, 2018 12:56 PM

      I still don't have access to the 20 initial operators. :(

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      March 7, 2018 2:23 PM

      Outbreak is credited for a minor uptick maybe, but credit is squarely at Ubisoft for continuing to improve the experience and not giving up on the game.

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        March 7, 2018 3:20 PM

        They've been doing that with a lot of their games now. The Division is still getting active support. I don't know who at Ubisoft was listening to Gabe Newell, but I'm glad they just listened to the games as a service part.

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        March 7, 2018 8:27 PM

        They've done an unbelievable job keeping the community going, up there with Warframe

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      March 7, 2018 3:37 PM

      Am I reading this correctly? Is the Outbreak (zombie) mode only temporary?

      "Outbreak will start on February 20 on test servers and move to platforms on March 6, running until April 3."

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          March 7, 2018 4:05 PM

          So the zombie mode is free to play or do I need to purchase some DLC for it?

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              March 7, 2018 5:19 PM

              Sweet thanks! I do own the base game so I'm looking forward to checking this out. I just wish there wasn't a time limit on this kind of stuff. Really grinds my gears.

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                March 7, 2018 5:24 PM

                I think it's time limited because they are giving out loot from playing it, weapon skins, headgear, that sort of stuff. Unfortunately it's all the most ugly looking stuff I've seen in ages.

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                  March 7, 2018 7:37 PM

                  I just played some. That was fun. Had a giant update to apply first as I haven't played in ages. Good times. Wish this was available all the time.

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                  March 7, 2018 9:13 PM

                  Yeah, it's mostly bright yellow hazardous materials protection gear. Although I did get an epic outfit for the new female op. in a grey color that looks cool. Now I just need to save 25k R.

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