It seem like free-to-play games are becoming the norm these days, with some of the largest titles in gaming being so. The likes of Fortnite and Apex Legends have broken records for both number of players and also income generated. The phenomenon of getting the game for free but then spending money on battle passes and in-game cosmetics seems to be working, which is probably the reason why other developers seem to be entertaining the idea of releasing their game for free.
In an interview with PC Gamer, Rainbox Six: Siege Game Director, Leroy Athanassoff suggested that the game may one day become free-to-play. It's a move which is not imminent but is one that the whole company is considering as part of a plan to get more players playing the game.
It has to be said that this type of commitment from the developers of a game are what really separates Siege from other games. It's been put for 4 years and still the player base is increasing every month. In fact earlier this month Siege smashed its concurrent player record by recording over 180,000 players online at any one time. Very impressive. This came during a weekend where the game was on offer, suggesting that moving tona free model could really boost downloads.