Rainbow Six Siege Starter Edition is back [Updated]

Update: The Rainbow Six Siege Starter Edition is now available on Steam as well as the Uplay store. It will be available on both platforms until October 13.

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The Rainbow Six Siege Starter Edition, which debuted for a limited time in June, has returned. For $15, you get access to the full game and all content, including weapons, maps, game modes, and character progression, without any level cap or other in-game limits.

The only difference between it and the full version of the game, just as it was last time, is how you'll unlock the operators. The Starter Edition includes two “intuitive” operators selected at random from among Rook, Sledge, Ash, Fuze, Mute, and Smoke, and 600 R6 Credits that can be used to unlock two more operators (from the original lineup) or other in-game swag if you prefer. The rest of the operators, including those released as DLC, must be unlocked. 

The Starter Edition is a good way to dip your toes into the Rainbow Six Siege scene without forking over the not-inconsiderable $50/£30 for the regular release, and also without suffering any great penalties. Beginning with a smaller pool of operators isn't a big deal, and can even be viewed as an opportunity to get really good with those characters. Hopefully, Ubisoft will make it a permanent purchase option in the relatively near future. 

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.