Ubisoft announced this week that they would be replacing Rainbow Six Siege's $40 Standard Edition with a more expensive $60 Advanced Edition, which comes with everything included in the Standard Edition, along with 600 Rainbow Six Credits and 10 Outbreak Collection packs, which contain cosmetics from the upcoming Outbreak event.
They attempted the explain the decision yesterday, but after continued fan backlash, the company has decided to keep offering players the chance to purchase the $40 Standard Edition as the game moves into Year 3.
Ubisoft issued an official statement on the Rainbow Six subreddit which in part announces that the Standard Edition of Rainbow Six would no longer be getting a price increase.
The statement primarily concerns itself with issues brought up by Siege's veteran players. "We have seen the frustration from our veteran players rise to the top of the discussion," Ubisoft stated. In response to those concerns, Ubisoft is also giving away the "upcoming Ash Sidewinder Elite skin for free" to veteran players who play before March 6th.
On the price increase specifically, Ubisoft addressed new players and fans "concerned about introducing your friends to the game." As a result, they are leaving the pricing of the Standard Edition at $40 instead of the planned $60, saying, "we will be keeping the Standard Edition in the store at the current price." There was no word on Siege's Gold or Complete Editions which are also facing a price increase next month.
Ubisoft also addressed player concerns "over the Starter Edition when it comes to acquiring Operators," saying it has more to share "during the Six Invitational" beginning on February 13th.