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Closed Alpha FAQ

03/11/2015 10:05 AM

Rainbow Six Siege - Closed Alpha FAQ

Here are some details on what to expect from the Closed Alpha. More information, including the start date of the testing period, will be made available as we get closer. In the meantime, feel free to join us on the Official Subreddit! and forums, or tweet to us at @R6ComDevs.


  • How do I register for the Closed Alpha?
  • If you have already registered for the PC Closed Alpha, you will be informed soon per email if you have been selected. You can now sign up for the Closed Beta (PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4) waiting list or pre-order for guaranteed access on www.rainbow6.com/beta. By registering for the Closed Beta on PC, you will automatically be added to the waiting list for other closed testing periods.
  • Note: You will need a Uplay account to apply for the Closed Alpha. If you don’t have a Uplay account, you will need to create one. Click on ‘Log in’ and select ‘Create a Uplay account’.
  • How do you choose who is invited to the Closed Alpha
  • Closed Alpha is geographically limited to selected countries from North America and Europe, will be PC-only and the only available language will be English.
  • The following countries are eligible to the Closed Alpha:
  • United States of America, Canada, Ireland, United Kingdom, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Russia (Western)
Rainbow 6 Closed Alpha - Geographic Location Participation Map

We will be selecting participants according to a broad spectrum of criteria in order to have the best learnings come out of Closed Alpha. We want to test different PC configurations and hardware and have participants with various gaming profiles. However, there are minimum PC system requirements (listed further down the article).

  • How will I know if I was selected for the Closed Alpha?
  • You will receive an email at the email address associated with your Uplay account with further instructions on how to access the Closed Alpha. It may appear in your spam folder. Note: The only way you will gain access to the Alpha is through email and you will never be asked to input a game key during this process.
  • I haven't received my Closed Alpha email invite. Who can I contact?
  • Make sure you checked the email address associated with your Uplay account, as well as your spam folder. Keep in mind that the Closed Alpha is limited in participation for testing purposes and as such, not everyone will be able to get in. If you are selected we will send you an email.
  • Will there be other ways to get into the Closed Alpha?
  • If you aren’t selected or if your Country is currently ineligible for a Closed Alpha invite, please stay tuned as there might be more opportunities to test in the future. Alternatively, as there is no NDA during the Closed Alpha, be sure to check Twitch and YouTube to peek in on the action.


  • What’s a Closed Alpha? What is the purpose?
  • A Closed Alpha is an early testing period with a limited number of players and a small sample of content from the full game. This is a work-in-progress product and players are likely to experience some issues that will affect their gameplay experience. Our team’s main goals during this time are to:
  • 1. Generate feedback from a small, dedicated group of players about the gameplay, their online experience, and anything else we can use to improve the game.
  • 2. Test the stability and the online infrastructures on a limited sample of players in order help us handle more players on our servers in the future.
  • Why is Closed Alpha PC-only?
  • For Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, PC is the lead development platform and we feel that it’s natural to start by testing the game on this platform.
  • Where can I play the Closed Alpha?
  • The Closed Alpha will be on PC-only, although the full game will be available on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. If you are selected to participate in the Closed Alpha, we will send you an email with instructions on how to access the game.
  • What are the PC system requirements?
  • The minimum Closed Alpha PC specs are:
OS: Windows 7 x64, Windows 8 x64, Windows 8.1 x64  
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K AMD FX-8120 Eight-Core
  Clock speed: 3.3 GHz Clock speed: 2.6 GHz
  Cores: 4 Cores: 8
  Launch date: Q4 2010 Launch date: Q4 2011
  *CPU score: 6479 *CPU score: 6591
RAM: 8 GB  
GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 AMD Radeon HD 7970 / R9 280X
  Launch date: Q2 2012 Launch date: Q1 2012
  *GPU score: 5380 *GPU score: 5171
VRAM: 2 GB  

*PassMark CPU scores taken from http://www.cpubenchmark.net
*PassMark GPU scores taken from http://www.videocardbenchmark.net

Note: These specs are the ones required for Alpha testing and are not the final PC specs. We are still working on optimizing the game and the launch specs will be lower than the Alpha specs.

The minimum Internet broadband is: 512Kbps download/256Kbps upload.

  • What are the languages supported during the Closed Alpha phase ?
  • The Rainbow 6 Closed Alpha and all related materials will be exclusively in English. Please make sure to submit your feedback to our team in English.
  • When is the Closed Alpha and how long will it last?
  • The Rainbow Six Siege PC Closed Alpha will start on April 7th and end on April 13th, 10AM Eastern. Exact times may vary depending on your region.
  • Can I discuss, capture and publish my own gameplay content?
  • Yes! We want to be as transparent as possible and let people freely share their experiences during the Closed Alpha. We encourage you to stream, post videos and discuss your thoughts publically. However, please always keep in mind that this is a work-in-progress product and that you are likely to experience issues that will detract from your experience. We are using this testing period to better identify those issues and correct them for the launch of the full game.

  • As the game runs in 60 FPS and 1080p, in order to provide the best experience possible to you and your audience, we highly recommend you to follow the previously mentioned PC requirements. We also recommend a minimum internet broadband is of 10Mb download/2Mb upload for this exercise. This way, you will avoid frame drops and lack of processor resources, whether you try to capture for VOD or livestream.

  • We recommend that you stream the game in full HD (1080p) and 60 FPS. If you do not meet the suggested configuration but still want to share your experience, please advise your viewers that what they see is not representative of the final quality of the game.
  • How big is the download?
  • The download will be about 9GB. Make sure you have enough space on your hard drive, and give yourself some time for the download.
  • What content will be available during the Closed Alpha?
  • Closed Alpha will feature a limited amount of content in order to focus on testing the servers and core gameplay mechanics. More details on the Closed Alpha content will be revealed closer to the start.
  • Will there be more content in the full game at launch?
  • Yes. The content available in the Closed Alpha is a small sample of the full scope of the game. There will be more maps, operators and other features available at game launch. We keep the content limited during this testing period for more focused testing and feedback.
  • Where can I join the Rainbow Six Siege community?
  • Glad you asked. You can join the growing Rainbow Six Siege Official Subreddit or forum community. We are active in both places and look forward to seeing you there.
  • Where can I get the latest news and updates about the Closed Alpha and the game?
  • The official Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege devblog] is a key source of news and information!), you can also connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Twitch.

For Closed Alpha Players

  • How do I access the game?
  • Already have Uplay PC? Launch it and you will find the Alpha in the ‘Games’ section of the application.
  • Don’t have Uplay PC yet? Click here to download the client. Your game will be available in the ‘Games’ section of the application.
  • How do I provide feedback to the dev team?
  • If you’re playing in the Closed Alpha already, you should have access to this private forum. Feedback and suggestions can be made directly in that forum. We may also send you various surveys by email to complete. Your feedback is why we’re doing this Alpha, we would love to hear from you!
  • If you’re not in the Closed Alpha, but still want to share your opinions on what you’ve seen thus far, you can join the official subreddit or forum community. We pay active attention to those discussions.
  • How will the Dev Team be using my feedback?
  • During the Closed Alpha, our community team will synthesize your feedback and meet regularly with core members of the development team to discuss it, alongside the in-game data collected from our Alpha players. We will explain the reasoning behind our decisions in the form of patch notes.
  • Where can I report a bug?
  • You can submit bug reports directly on the private Closed Alpha forum or use this link to access the bug report tool on the website. When submitting bug reports, please give us as many details as possible about your issue, so we can attempt to reproduce it. The more details you give, the more likely we can track the bug down and fix it.
  • I can’t connect to the game, where can I get help?
  • Be sure to check the private Alpha forum known issues list to see if we have posted any notices about issues with the servers or maintenance down times. If you don’t see anything, you can contact us through Ubisoft Support
  • Is there a game guide available?
  • Yes. If you’re looking for more information on how to play the game, you can check out our Game Guide here. There is no NDA required for Closed Alpha testers, so you may also find some community-made videos or livestreamed content that could be useful!
  • Will stats and progression carry over to the Beta and final game?
  • No, stats and progression will not carry over to the Beta or the final game. This is an early testing period and the whole game is subject to change.
  • Discuss on the Subreddit!

    Chase “Electr1cPanda” Straight - Community Developer, Ubisoft Montreal
    Chase is a goofy American ex-pat living in Canada who loves music, DJing, blogging, and obviously gaming for hours. No discrimination here, Chase loves consoles as much as playing on his homebuilt gaming rig. Say hi and send cat pics (bonus points if they're wearing R6 gear) on Twitter at @R6ComDevs .

    Genevieve "Livinpink" Forget - Community Developer, Ubisoft Montreal
    Gen goes by the handle Livinpink in the gaming industry. She is known for her involvement in multiple competitive gaming communities through her work as eSports media and personality. She participates in weekly livestreamed Dungeons and Dragons sessions. She also tweets from @R6ComDevs.


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