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Rainbow Six Siege debuts new anti-teamkill measures May 8

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Blackbeard Rainbow Six Siege (Image credit: Ubisoft)

Ubisoft has been hard at work on overhauling its teamkilling systems for Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege, amid widespread griefing in multiplayer matchmaking. Friendly fire lies at the heart of the hit shooter, complementing its tactical gameplay and forcing players to think before they shoot. It's an ideal pairing in concept, though the continued rise of intentional teamkilling is frustrating – especially for new players.

New teamkilling systems have been in the pipeline for some time, following several weeks of testing on the PC Technical Test Server (TTS). Ubisoft now plans to deploy its first iteration of the system (opens in new tab) across Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, on May 8, 2019.

"Reverse Friendly Fire" aims to combat players abusing teamkilling, triggered upon dropping an ally in-game. The downed player can either choose to "Forgive" the teamkill and move forward; or validate the kill and activate the system. Once activated, the new system will revert all damage to the offending user, preventing them from having a further impact on gameplay.

Ubisoft has promised to further iterate on Reverse Friendly Fire in the months ahead, starting with Year 4 Season 2. The upcoming major update is slated to debut a new duo of playable Operators and rework of map "Kafe," alongside further gameplay refinements. Expect more details on Season 2 in the coming days ahead of a slated May 19, 2019, reveal.

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Matt Brown
Matt Brown

Matt Brown is Windows Central's Senior Games Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.