Every time a courageous Rainbow Six Siege newcomer joins a game with my traditional group, we provide a mild warning: This may take some time. If the game restarts a pair instances while you launch it, don’t be concerned: That is regular. Cannot see the squad invite? Regular. Some sort of crossplay matchmaking error? Yeah, that is regular. Attempt restarting the game. Attempt restarting Ubisoft Join. Attempt restarting your PC. You are in? Nice. You crashed? Regular.

Ubisoft’s 5v5 tactical shooter is simply so constantly, comically buggy that I’ve ceased being pissed off when one thing baffling occurs—what are you able to do? That is simply Siege. Typically I even really feel a bit of thrill once I encounter a brand new bug, like a birdwatcher recognizing a uncommon warbler. Oh, I lastly obtained the factor where the sky sparkles!

It is an unique new sort of lag, I suppose?

Most of these items will be labored round. For some time, Siege stored crashing for me on a sure map, and once I verified the native recordsdata, Steam found one thing lacking and repaired it. A simple repair, however others are extra enigmatic. A good friend used to blue display each time he launched the game, except he had simply restarted his PC. Who is aware of what that was about, however we get our matches in, normally.

One exception is a brutal glitch that has come and gone for months now. Siege will freeze mid-match, and for a second you will suppose your complete PC has locked up, however then somebody will say one thing in Discord and you will understand that your PC is ok—you are simply experiencing some heretofore unknown videogame glitch where the game freezes or stutters as in case your processors are struggling, however spectating teammates can see it occur, too. It isn’t your framerate, it is an unique new sort of lag, I suppose? The issue appears to worsen the longer you play, and restarting the game solely generally helps. My mates and I have never been hit by the Siege freeze as usually recently, however for a interval final 12 months it was taking place to us commonly.

That is one I would actually wish to see eradicated, and it is not like Ubisoft does not patch the factor, so perhaps it is on the to-do checklist. It will probably’t make issues simpler that each new operator has a brand new gadget that interacts with the destructible maps and all the opposite devices in ways in which inevitably introduce new bugs and exploits that require new fixes. The newest patch fastened stuff like “Brava can’t shoot with a transformed Yokai if Echo is eradicated” and “giant drones cannot slot in vents with vent blockers in Home map” and the checklist of these sorts of issues, addressed and nonetheless unaddressed, will get longer with every seasonal update.

Sooner or later, I simply accepted that there is likely to be too many wires to untangle right here.

Ubi’s additionally stored busy by the limitless conflict towards cheaters. Recently, it has been going after console gamers who use enter spoofing gadgets to play with a mouse and keyboard as an alternative of a controller. A type of unintended dishonest emerged this week, too, when a brand new bug—there’s all the time a brand new bug!—began dropping PC gamers into console lobbies, where they’ve predictably been cleansing up. That one’s humorous, although. No have to rush to repair it.

Sooner or later, I simply accepted that there is likely to be too many wires to untangle right here, and bizarre, often game-breaking stuff is simply going to occur in Seige. I nonetheless have enjoyable enjoying it regardless of the jank, and I simply can’t be bothered getting mad about it anymore. If it have been going to be fastened, would not it have occurred by now, over seven years after Siege launched? And if I have been going to cease enjoying, would not I’ve uninstalled by now?

One thought I had is that Ubisoft may comply with Valve’s instance with Counter-Strike 2 and rebuild Siege on a brand new engine, giving it a greater basis for continued development. Siege’s plumbing is far more advanced than CS:GO’s, although, so I ponder if that is sensible. Perhaps they’re higher off persevering with this limitless transforming venture as an alternative of attempting to remake 67 operators and their devices, plus all of the maps. 

What a few completely recent begin, although? Siege 2 with only a handful of operators? If that is the one approach to repair the bug that makes my crimson dot sight flicker generally, I am .