The next game to offer players the opportunity to play it early will be Rainbow Six Siege, as Ubisoft announced today that it'll soon be conducting a Closed Alpha test, and as such, some enthusiastic Rainbow Six fans will be needed.
Console players will have to sit this one out, however, as the alpha will be for PC players only. Ubisoft explains that the PC is the lead development platform for Siege, and the team working on it felt that it was "natural to start by testing the game on this platform."
Furthermore, only those that reside within North America or Europe can participate, provided they're chosen for the alpha at all. To see which specific countries are covered, an FAQ created alongside the announcement contains that particular information, though living in either of the two aforementioned places should be enough.
Also, be sure to know English pretty well, since the alpha will be exclusively in that language. This becomes quite ironic when you consider the fact the accompanying trailer (seen below) has subtitles for people that can only understand English.
Interested parties can sign up for a chance to play the closed alpha here, but it should be noted that a Uplay account is required - which should go without saying, seeing as how it's Ubisoft. A short survey is also required, posing the usual questions like, "Which platform do you play on the most," and "how many hours do you spend playing online FPSs."
Before finally deciding to sign up, make sure to compare your current PC setup to the minimum requirements. These aren't the final minimum specs for the game, though, so expect a few changes by the time Siege comes out.
Minimum Rainbow Six Siege Closed Alpha PC Requirements:
- OS: Windows 7, 8, 8.1, x64
- CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K or AMD FX-8120 Eight-Core
- CPU Speed: 3.3 GHz (Recommended), 2.6 GHz (Minimum)
- RAM: 8 GB
- GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 or AMD Radeon HD 7970 / R9 280 X
- VRAM: 2 GB
While the alpha test will only be for PC players, Ubisoft noted that other chances to test the game could come up in the future, though didn't give any hints as to when. One of the main goals of the early testing is to "test the stability and the online infrastructures on a limited sample of players" in order to better prepare themselves for the real thing. So conducting similar alphas/betas on the Xbox One and PS4 would be the best move. Just look at Visceral Games with Battlefield Hardline, which greatly benefited from its own beta.
The Rainbow Six Siege Closed Alpha doesn't have a release date just yet, neither does the full game. It'll be interesting to see if the former is announced or launched around the release of Hardline, if only in an attempt to steal some of the attention away from it.