Ubisoft is looking for longevity with Rainbow Six Siege. While it says the community is thriving, it's also thinking about the long term and wants the game's overall health in better shape. On the Ubisoft blog, it announced "Operation Health" as an initiative to improve the game over the next few months. This will include a host of refinements and changes, focusing on three pillars: technological improvements, a new deployment process, and bug fixes. This includes everything from faster servers to gradual deployment across platforms for better quality control. The image above details the exact targets.
"While we have been working diligently on improving the health of the game, we were not satisfied with the pace at which we were able to deliver major improvements and fixes. So we are dedicating an entire season to both eliminating the highest priority issues and restructuring for a more sustainable update pipeline," the blog post says.
To do all this, the team must push back the planned Hong Kong season to season three in August. Season four features South Korea, and Poland will no longer have its own season in year two, but its GROM Operators will be available at the start of seasons three and four.
The number of new maps has also been reduced to the three. The blog post also states it wants to keep the community informed better on what's coming and allowing members to test the quality of the changes on the technical test server.
The 2017 roadmap is outlined in the image below.
Cutting back on content sucks and this will disappoint fans, but it sounds like this is necessary. The game will hopefully be a better experience for everyone, and all these improvements make sense. Now we just have to wait and see how Ubisoft follows through.