Update: A previous version of this article suggested that the existing “Standard Edition” of Rainbow Six Siege would be discontinued and replaced with the new Advanced Edition. In response to player feedback, we will now be keeping the Standard Edition available. The development team are also looking into changes related to the process of bringing new players on board via the Starter Edition – more details of which will be announced at the Six Invitational in February.
If you fancy joining the 25 million players who’ve already experienced the attackey-defendey gameplay of Rainbow Six Siege, you’ll soon have a choice of new editions packed with bonus content to choose from. Read on to see the details of each edition, and get ready to jump in when they launch on February the 13th.
Starter Edition – £11.99 (PC Only)
The Starter Edition allows you to get the full game at a knockdown price – along with two of the original Operators (plus two more unlockable with the included 600 Rainbow Six credits.) Unlocking the remainder of the launch Operators through gameplay will involve a longer grind than in other editions of the game (for full details, see the Starter Edition FAQ) – but this is the only limitation. All post-launch Operators unlock at the same speed as they do in other editions of the game, and players still have access to the game’s full progression, all maps, all modes and all events. And if you decide you really want those original Operators faster, you can speed things up (or unlock the Operators entirely) by purchasing renown boosters, credit packs or Season Passes.
Standard Edition (PS4, Xbox One, and PC)
The Standard Edition of Rainbow Six Siege remains unchanged. This edition gives you access to all Rainbow Six content: modes, maps, weapon options, level progression and the ability to unlock the original launch Operators with minumum playtime.
Advanced Edition – £39.99 (PS4, Xbox One, and PC)
This new edition of the game celebrates Outbreak, a special four-week event coming free to all Siege players in March 2018. Outbreak sees an infestation of unknown origin hit the small town of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. When the authorities quarantine the town, civilians and soldiers are trapped inside. Full details of Outbreak will be revealed as part of the Six Invitational event next month. The Advanced Edition comes with 10 Outbreak Collection Packs, 600 bonus Rainbow Six Credits, and the ability to unlock the original launch Operators with minimum playtime.
(To prepare for Outbreak, from launch to the 2nd March 2018 the Advanced Edition will be £29.99)
Gold Edition – £62.99 (PS4, Xbox One, and PC)
Every new Operator that comes to Siege changes the game, and – with this edition including the Year 3 pass – you’ll be the first to put this year’s new characters through their paces – with seven-day early access. Plus, with the included cosmetic items and boosts, you’ll look good doing it. Aside from the Year 3 Pass (including eight new Operators with early access, eight exclusive pieces of headgear, 8 uniforms, a meteorite charm, the Damascus Steel skin, 600 additional Rainbow Six Credits, a 5% Renown boost, an Alpha Pack boost, and a 10% discount in the Rainbow Six Siege shop until January 31st, 2019), the Gold Edition contains everything from the Advanced Edition: the full game, 600 bonus Rainbow Six Credits, and the ability to unlock the original launch Operators with minimum playtime.
Complete Edition – £95.55 (PS4, Xbox One, and PC)
This edition contains all the content from the Gold Edition above – along with the Passes for Year 1 and 2, giving you instant access to all 16 of the Operators added over the last two years.
Outbreak Collection Packs will be available March 6th 2018 (subject to change.) The Outbreak Collection consists of 50 unique cosmetic items, all at Rare, Epic or Legendary levels, and each Pack is guaranteed not to include a duplicate of an item you’ve already unlocked. All players that log in during the Outbreak event will get 4 Outbreak Packs for free, and further packs will be available for 300 Rainbow Six Credits each. For more details, check this page at the official Rainbow Six website.
Rainbow Six Siege recently saw the release of Operation White Noise, featuring two new Operators from South Korea’s 707th Special Mission Battalion and one Operator from Poland’s GROM CTU. Year 3 content was also recently revealed and will include two new maps (plus one reworked map), the Outbreak event, and eight new Operators. For more information, check out our previous Rainbow Six Siege coverage.