Rainbow Six Siege is the latest installment in Ubisoft's series of tactical shooters — only this new game won't have a single-player campaign. Ubisoft is doubling down on the franchise's strong multiplayer roots for Siege, so it makes one question about the game in particular stand out: how many maps will be included with the final product?
It's a valid question. In a multiplayer-only game, value is on the mind of many gamers. If there is no 10-hour campaign to play through, many might expect a large number of multiplayer maps to make up the difference.
We now have a definitive answer. Speaking with PC Gamer, level designer Benoit Deschamps says Rainbow Six Siege will ship with 10 maps on day one.
"As for now yes, there are 10 maps," Deschamps said. "But we have more planned because we're already working on more content for players after launch."
Deschamps elaborated that the development team narrowed those 10 maps down from a pool of 50 concept maps. More maps will be released post-launch in the form of the game's season pass. The $89.99 "Gold Edition" of Rainbow Six Siege comes with the season pass included but will also be available separately.
Are 10 maps for a multiplayer-only shooter enough? Though the game will feature both competitive and cooperative game modes (like Terrorist Hunt), 10 maps for $60 seems like it may be a stretch for some. Other multiplayer-only games, like Titanfall, have attracted criticism for being relatively light on content, but still turned out to be a fun and addictive multiplayer experience. Fans can only hope that Rainbow Six Siege will help to prove that quality is better than quantity, especially considering that the game was recently delayed from an October release date to December 1 for additional polish.
Fans won't have to wait too long to take the game for a spin and pass judgement themselves. The game's beta launches on all platforms September 24.