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Thanks, Ubisoft! This weekend, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege will be available to play for free.

Ubisoft’s marketing material says “free weekend”, but Rainbow Six Siege will actually be free to download and play for four full days, running from Thursday August 24th to Sunday August 27th. You can grab it on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam and Uplay.

The news follows For Honor’s recent free play event, which saw the whole game available to new players in advance of its new season of content.

Of course, this is not just for fun. Free play promotions are increasingly being used as a marketing tactic. It’s a useful method of introducing new players to games that are built upon having an active, and committed playing community. Not that Rainbow Six Siege has too many problems in that respect. At the last count the game had in region of 20 million players across all platforms.

Rainbow Six Siege – Free Weekend Times and Dates

  • PlayStation 4 – August 24th 4PM CEST to August 28th 4PM CEST
  • Xbox One – August 24th 9AM CEST to August 28th 9AM CEST
  • PC – August 24th 7PM CEST to August 27th 10PM CEST

Rainbow Six Seige will also be available with a 50% discount on digital stores from August 24th to September 4th. If you try the game during the free period – and like what you play – you’ll be able to carry over your progress, and continue without interruption.

Also on the horizon is the latest content deployment from the Year 2 Season 3 Operation Blood Orchid expansion. It will launch on the PC-only Technical Test Server on August 29th with a new Hong Kong-based theme park map, and three new operators.

All being well, Ubisoft say a full launch will follow on all platforms on September 5th, 2017.

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