Ah boy, the good ol' Season Pass. So many games have them nowadays, its hard to think of one that doesn't. From the abysmal to the amazing, you can guarantee that almost every title you see nowadays will have a Season Pass attached to it, offering some cool bonuses to those that choose to pay a little bit extra.
Aside from the semantics, most players are one of two types. They buy the Season Pass, or they don't. Simples, right? Well, within the Rainbow Six Siege community, there seems to be a lot of people in some sort of personal debate as to whether to invest in the Season Pass for this game. This was much more of an important debate in Year 1 of support, but now that Year 2 has rolled around and brought a new Season Pass with it, some of us will be having that debate with ourselves again. Today, I'm going to tell you if YOU should be purchasing the Year 2 Season Pass for Rainbow Six Siege.
What does it offer?
Simply put, the Season Pass offers some interesting options, whilst also staying away from game-affecting exclusives, something which Ubisoft should definitely be praised for in today's industry. To list the exact features, the Season Pass offers the following:
YEAR 2 OPERATORS & BONUS DLC
- 8 new Year 2 Operators across 4 seasons
- 8 exclusive headgear customizations
- 8 exclusive uniform customizations
- R6 Carbon charm
- 600 R6 Credits (in-game currency) to purchase camos, headgear, uniforms etc.
- 7-day early access to each season's new Operators
- 10% discount within the in-game shop
- 5% Renown boost to unlock in-game content faster
- 2 extra Daily Challenges
The Year 2 Season Pass also offered an Obsidian Weapon Skin if you purchased it before February 7th 2017, and Year 1 Season Pass holders would have received a bonus 600 R6 credits, making it up to a whopping 1200. Whilst the time for those has now passed, the gesture of good will is appreciated by Ubisoft, who clearly want to show some love to early adopters and previous customers.
Is it worth it?
So now we know what it offers, is it actually worth it? Well as nice as they may look, the Headgear and Uniform customizations will spend most of the time unseen by yourself whilst being visible to everyone else. Perfect if you want to show off your reward for purchasing the Season Pass, but what if you find a better combination? For example, I use a basic White headgear with a White gun camo on Doc, and I have chosen these over much more complex and flashy options because I simply prefer the plain style. If you know you're not going to use these customizations, should it be a big part in your deciding factor?
Well, lets be honest, not really. Whilst customization is nice and all, the focus on Siege is not who looks the best. Lets instead look at two of the most important lures of the Season Pass.
7 day early access to new Operators. We all know the massive rush to play the new operators, no matter how useless they may eventually turn out to be. With 7 day early access, there will still be some competition to pick the new guy first, but the chances of encountering said competition is lower, as a percentage of the player-base cannot even access them yet. With this advantage, you can take your time to learn the intricacies of the new operators so you can not only play better as them, but know their weaknesses when you eventually fight against them. Plus, you then get the operators for free, leaving your currency to be spent on other lavish things such as the illustrious Diamond camouflage.
The second most important benefit is the persistent 5% renown boost. Whilst this may seem minimal, it can actually save you a lot of time. Each game won will usually give you about 16 renown on average. Assuming you win 10 matches a day for a week straight, that is an extra 1,12 renown you wouldn't have had before, equivalent to about 5 or 6 more victories, not counting the renown you'd also get for losses.
So? Should YOU buy it?
Well, at the price of £25.99, its actually cheaper than most other season passes nowadays. Namely, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 offered their Season Pass for £40, with no form of early access to DLC Multiplayer or Zombies maps only offering an extra Zombies map which served as a remake of a fan classic.
Comparisons aside, I believe the Rainbow Six Siege Season Pass is actually quite a good deal. Whislt the offer of cosmetics and in-game currency is neither here nor there really, the early access to new operators and small renown boost are incredibly useful to avid players. Having the drop on the majority of the player-base when it comes to new operators is a valuable tool, and the renown boost, though small, can possibly save you hundreds of hours if you play enough.
But finally, the most important point is to buy the Season Pass if you enjoy and play the game. The benefits will be wasted if you play rarely or don't actually enjoy the game. So, go forth and make an informed decision, and do let us know what you chose in the comments below!