One tactic that publishers like to do to garner interest is have free play weekends for those that have not purchased a game. Its a smart strategy as it gets people on the fence into a full version of the game to see if they really want to purchase it or to show off recent additions that may attract new players.
UBISoft is having one of those this week with Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege, with free play from Nov 15th - 18th. With a recent patch fixing a multitude of issues, its looking like UBISoft wants to show off a cleaner game than what was originally published. The free weekend is for PC, Xbox and PlayStation platforms, with Q&A pulled directly from the official page below:
FREE WEEKEND Q&A
The free version of Rainbow Six Siege offers access to all maps, modes and 20 Operators, giving you the full Siege experience over the Free Weekend.
WHEN CAN I PLAY?
You can access the Free Weekend during the following times for each platform:
PC: November 15th 5PM CET - November 18th 8PM CET. Pre-load is now available.
PS4: November 15h 2PM CET - November 19th 2PM CET. Pre-load is now available. PS+ Subscription required.
Xbox One: November 15th 9AM CET - November 19th 9AM CET. Xbox Live Gold Subscription required.
HOW CAN I ACCESS RAINBOW 6 FREE WEEKEND?
PC: Click on the PC link above or go to your Uplay PC Launcher.
PLAYSTATION 4: Find the game on the PSN Store or click the PS4 link above, and click on the "Try free Demo" button located next to "Add to Cart" button.
XBOX ONE: Click on the Xbox One link above or check your Games with Gold section.
CAN I PRELOAD THE GAME?
Yes, preload is available for this free weekend only on PS4 & PC. You can preload the game from November 14th. Xbox will be available at the start of the Free Weekend.
CAN I PLAY WITH MY FRIENDS DURING THE FREE WEEKEND ?
Of course. You can play with anyone who already owns the game or is enjoying the Free Weekend like you are.
I REALLY LIKE THE GAME AND I WOULD LIKE TO BUY IT! ARE THERE ANY OFFERS AVAILABLE?
If you like the game and want to keep playing after the Free Weekend period is over, your progress will carry over to the full game if you purchase.
Rainbow Six Siege is available at up to 70% off across all platforms for a limited time! Please check your favorite store to see the available discount.
WILL MY PROGRESS FROM THE FREE WEEKEND CARRY ON IF I PURCHASE THE FULL GAME?
All of your progress and Operators will carry over if you decide to upgrade to the full game, except if you purchase the Starter Edition on PC.
WHAT CONTENT IS AVAILABLE?
The full game! The free version of Rainbow Six Siege offers access to all of the maps, modes, and the 20 Operators present in the full version, giving you the full Siege experience over the Free Weekend.