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Rainbow Six Siege to overhaul casual matchmaking and add Theme Park map to ranked play

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Ubisoft has overhauled Rainbow Six Siege (opens in new tab)'s Casual matchmaking system ahead of the game's new season. For the last four months the game grouped players for Casual games based on their Ranked matchmaking rating (MMR) but Season 3 will introduce a separate MMR for Casual play. Ubisoft says it will provide "better quality matchmaking".

There's also changes to make the game friendlier to new players, who will now start with a lower MMR than before. "A lower starting point for beginners means that they will be able to increase their MMR in a pool of players with a comparable skill level. This lower MMR rating will be erased over time as they win more matches, eventually placing them where they truly belong based on their skill level," Ubisoft explained in a Reddit post yesterday (opens in new tab).

Lastly, Ubisoft announced that Siege's new Theme Park map (opens in new tab) will be included in Ranked play for Season 3. The map was only supposed to be for Casual or private matches, but after "passionate" feedback from fans it will now feature in Ranked game modes.

The publisher is still evaluating player feedback on the Season 3 map playlists, announced last month (opens in new tab), and I wouldn't be surprised if there are further changes ahead. "In the coming weeks, we will be working to address your concerns with more information on our future plans for the matchmaking map rotations," it said another Reddit post (opens in new tab).

Season 3 and the accompanying Operation Blood Orchid—which will add three new operators (opens in new tab)—is launching September 5. 

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Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.