Rainbow Six Siege increases friendly fire penalty

The Rainbow Six Siege devs are trying to make it even more dangerous for griefers to take down their own teammates in the game’s next update.

One of the things that kept Rainbow Six Siege as long as possible is that the developers often make small tweaks and changes to try and keep the game entertaining for everyone. To that end, developer Ubisoft recently announced that when the next update Operation Vector Glare arrives, it will make an adjustment that will allow reverse friendly fire to last multiple matches.

Reverse friendly fire was actually part of Rainbow Six Siege since returning in 2019, but his intent hasn’t always matched his earning. The purpose of the feature has been to stop “griefers” who seem to just want to wreak havoc on matches. These griefers tend to shoot their own teammates, which can do a lot of damage to those who want to play a regular match. Rainbow Six Siege the developers have long said that the ability to accidentally hurt teammates is important to making the game as realistic as possible. However, people who want to be bad teammates tend to turn their guns on their allies and kill them. Considering it only takes one headshot to take someone down, they can take out multiple people on their own team fairly quickly, although the adjustment to reverse friendly fire may stop this behavior.

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While the new update retains the reverse friendly fire behavior where damage done to teammates will return to the person firing, Rainbow Six Siege players who are serial offenders will have this effect that will follow them through multiple matches. The original version of this feature ended after a single match, allowing griefers to wreak havoc across multiple matches.

Rainbow Six Siege director Alex Karpazis called this updated version a “preemptive reverse friendly shot” and said the effect could last up to 20 games. The effect will also wear off after the griefer has gone several matches without hurting any teammates.


Rainbow Six Siege players have been cheating or chagrining for a while now. However, the company has been slow to take significant action against some of the players who appear to be doing one or both due to the varying skill levels of those getting in on the action.

With new modes like Team Deathmatch now added to Rainbow Six Siege the developers are taking new steps to punish people who intentionally play the “wrong” game. The downside to this new take on reverse friendly fire is that it’s likely to catch some people who aren’t intentionally shooting their own teammates, but it should also really hurt those who are suffering on purpose.


Rainbow Six Siege is now available for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.

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Source: PC Gamer

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