The king of shooters on Xbox One today isn’t Call of Duty. Or Battlefield 1. Or Overwatch. It’s the tactical brilliance of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege. I’ll be honest. I didn’t have high hopes for Siege after playing its beta before the game’s launch. But one of my buddies convinced me to give it another shot. And I’m glad I did.
Rainbow Six Siege’s launch wasn’t the record breaking launch Ubisoft saw with The Division or Ghost Recon: Wildlands. But more than a year later, it is the game folks keep returning to.
Last week, Ubisoft celebrated a hell of a milestone. 20 million registered players. And more than 2.3 million of them sign in every day to methodically defend or attack another team of five operators.
“Our community is growing and so is our ambition to make Siege a shooter that is here to stay,” says Product Director Nicolas Lefebvre. “The next few weeks are very exciting as it marks the culmination of Operation Health and the release of our next season set in Hong Kong.”
The impressive numbers had me wondering. How does Siege stack up on against other popular games? We can get hard numbers on Steam. And a general idea on Xbox. Unfortunately, data is tough to come by on PlayStation. Still, let’s take a look.
42,343 peak players on Steam today. It’s no PUBG, but it’s still a great number. That puts it ahead of games like Rust, Paladins and Civ V. And always in Steam’s top 20 games every day.
#2 on Xbox’s Most Played. This blew me away. It’s awesome to see a tactical shooter get this much love. That puts Siege behind only GTA V, and ahead of powerhouse franchises like NBA 2K17, Minecraft, Call of Duty, Overwatch, and Rocket League.
It’ll be fun to watch this top 10 lineup shuffle around over the next few months and how it settles into 2018. Destiny 2 should have no problems jumping to #1 or #2 spot at launch. Same goes for Call of Duty: WWII. But what happens in the months after? Does Siege continue its methodical growth? A steady dose of content should help keep folks coming back to Siege.
Watching Siege’s success, I can’t help but think Ubisoft misstepped with Ghost Recon: Wildlands. It’s not a bad game, but it’s also not the type of Ghost Recon game that dominated Xbox Live before Halo 3. Siege shows there’s a huge appetite for tactical multiplayer. Not including multiplayer in Wildlands from the get go turned me off.
And yet, Wildlands is still the best-selling game of 2017 so far. While I might think not including multiplayer (at launch) was a misstep, it didn’t hurt Ubisoft’s bottom line.
We’ll see if Wildlands can become a “shooter that is here to stay” as Siege has.
As for Siege? The devs are wrapping up Operation Health with a huge patch. New textures, lighting changes, and a whole lot more are coming soon. Ubisoft is also using this patch to change the guts of Siege’s patching process. You can read more about that here.
Have you been playing Siege since Day 1? Or did you just jump in recently?