Rainbow Six Siege players on PC could be to set to receive a massive 42GB patch, ironically all in an effort to make future updates smaller and the game client more lightweight. Patches of varying sizes will be coming to all three platforms as part of the upcoming Season 3 update, with the largest 42GB patch for PC users with the Ultra HD 4K texture pack installed.
Those with the standard Rainbow 6 Siege Installation on PC will have a 26GB patch, while both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 downloads will be in the region of 15GB.
The reasoning behind these huge patch sizes is that Ubisoft is resetting the foundation that future updates will be built upon. The Y2S3.0 patch will effectively be the new base point, consolidating all the previous updates and replacing the existing data forges.
“All game data is stored in what we refer to as a “forge”,” explains Ubisoft. “This is a compressed archive containing other files. When we need to modify a file that is part of a forge, we simply download a new forge that contains the new file without replacing the original forge. This simplifies the patching process and reduces the download size. Over time, however, it leads to a lot of wasted space on disk, as there are more and more modified files.”
So these new patches will consolidate all of those forges, with the final result being a smaller installation footprint for Rainbow Six Siege. As for what it means on our end, the smaller install size should significantly improve load times (varying on PC, 10% faster on consoles). A reworked compression algorithm also means future patches will be around 12-15% smaller.
Great news in the long run then, but pretty terrible in the short term. The long-awaited arrival of season 3, including the first new operators and map for six months, seems like a fairly terrible time to drop a massive patch but that’s what we’ve got.
In other Rainbow Six related news, Ubisoft also announced its shooter has reached a grand total of 20 million players, with an unbelievable 2.3 million unique players signing in each and every day. “Our community is growing and so is our ambition to make Siege a shooter that is here to stay,” says Nicolas Lefebvre, product director. “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.”
Some would argue the recent Operation Health season indicates Siege has been mired with problems, but Ubisoft’s support since its 2015 launch has been nothing short of stellar. To my mind it’s the greatest long-term success Ubisoft has had, highlighted by the fact we’re still talking about it now, nearly two years later.