Rainbow Six Siege, in which teams of highly skilled killing machines use high-tech weapons, super cool abilities, and hand-signals to kill the other side, has paid a … rather interesting tribute to another studio with an in-game weapon skin. It’s for Gris, which won the Games for Impact Award at The Game Awards 2019 on Thursday night.
That’s all well and good, and we love it when developers shout-out colleagues who have done well, but Gris is decidedly un-Siege-y in tone. It’s a pensive, high-concept indie game about confronting one’s fears. It’s also, as Kotaku helpfully notes for Ubisoft Montreal, completely nonviolent.
“Gris is a game that wants to teach us something about these fears we hold inside,” wrote Polygon reviewer Charlie Hall last December. “It does so with a beautiful art style, a moving soundscape, and gameplay that, at times, flashes over into metaphor.”
Perfect candidate for a submachine gun, then!
Happy anniversary to our friends over at @nomadastudiobcn!— Rainbow Six Siege (@Rainbow6Game) December 13, 2019
To celebrate, we’re giving the GRIS® weapon skin and charm to all our players who log in between now and Sunday, December 15th.
Also congratulations on winning the #GameAwards Games For Impact award! pic.twitter.com/3TTxXcOfpl
The skin is for the operator Ela, and it gives her Scorpion Evo SMG a nice, thoughtful coat of rainbow colors, plus the game’s logo. The design is on an in-game charm for Ela, too. Players have until Sunday, Dec. 15, to claim it (it’s free just for logging in).
Just to be clear, Gris developer Nomada Studio apparently has no relationship to Ubisoft (indeed, Devolver Digital was the game’s publisher). So we’re not sure who pitched this crossover to whom, or why, but it closes out 2019 as one of the year’s most bizarro collabs. I mean, even Shovel Knight doesn’t have any gear in Siege, and he’s in everything.
Update: Reader Revolver Oshawott points out in the comments that Nomada Studio was started by alumni of Rainbow Six Siege development, so that explains the connection and in-game shout-out.