Rainbow Six Siege is one of the most successful strategy FPS games we have right now. Even though it is not free-to-play like other FPS titles like PUBG, it has a large player base. Today, Ubisoft announced that they have the idea of making the game free-to-play at some point in the future.
The team clearly wants the game to be free, but there are some barriers in front of the idea. In an interview with PC Gamer, Game Director Leroy Athanassoff spoke on this matter. Athanassoff underlines that, “you need certain features ready to be a good and successful free-to-play game.” The main issue he underlines is the "smurfing" mainly done by experienced players. They create new accounts and therefore match with lower skill levels until the game realises their potential.
This gives the experienced players dominate the newbies which they would not be allowed otherwise. If the game becomes free-to-play, there won't be a price barrier in front of the experienced players which protects the newbies. We should note that, ultimately, the decision belongs to the publisher Ubisoft. Even though the developers want to make the game accesible for everyone, Ubisoft might now.
We will see what the future will bring to Rainbow Six Siege.