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Ubisoft will allow gamers to get their hands on Rainbow Six: Siege for free on PC and Xbox One for a limited time this month. You won't have long to download a free copy of the game because the free promotion will end once August begins.
According to a recent press release sent out by Ubisoft, between July 28th (starting today) and July 31st, gamers will be able to get their hands on Rainbow Six: Siege for free by downloading it from the Steam store, the Xbox storefront or from the Uplay store for PC. The digital download will give gamers the whole weekend to enjoy the first-person shooter.
This also ties into the game's e-sports scene as Ubisoft is also promoting the second season of the Xbox Pro League Finals set to take place on the Rainbow Six Twitch stream this Saturday on July 30th starting at 6pm PST. If you're in the tournament you can fight for the opportunity to walk away with a prize pool of up to $75,000.
Ubisoft will also be highlighting and demonstrating the new Skull Rain DLC map and two new operators from the Brazilian special police force known as the Batalhão de Operações Policiais Especiais. Some of you might better recognize them as BOPE.
The BOPE division were highlighted in Jose Padilha's breathtaking series of movies called the Elite Squad, which was an amazing look into the corruption of Brazil's politics, police force and the street level crimes that permeate the city. Unfortunately, Rainbow Six: Siege does not have a single-player campaign mode and you don't get to experience Padilha's style of bringing crime and drama to the screen through the game, but you will get a brand new map to play on set within the Brazilian favela just like the movie Elite Squad.
What's more is that when the Operation Skull Rain DLC goes live on August 2nd, the map will be free for everyone to play. You will not have to worry about having the season pass in order to access the new Brazilian location, keeping both season pass holders and the free-loaders playing and having fun on the maps without worrying about fragmentation.
For those of you who don't know, fragmentation is probably one of the quickest ways to kill off a community for a competitive multiplayer game. When some people have certain map packs, while others don't, it ends up separating the community into the haves and have nots. Ubisoft didn't want to deal with killing off Rainbow Six's community before it really had a chance to thrive, so they've tried introducing free new maps to keep the community together.
The two new BOPE operators will not be free, however, and those who have the season pass will gain access to them first, while those without the season pass will have to pony up some real cash for them.
Ubisoft plans to showcase the two Rainbow Six: Siege operators and the new map during the live-stream this Saturday. So you'll not only be able to play the game for free between now and the end of July, but you'll also get to see the new content in action before it's released on August 2nd.