Speaking at GDC today, Rainbow Six Siege game director Leroy Athanassof addressed one of the game’s least picked operators, Tachanka, and the possibility of a rework. Athanassof said Ubisoft knows he’s in a bad place strength-wise, but that his cult meme status within the community has stopped them from reworking him yet.
Tachanka, or Lord Tachanka as much of the community refers to him, has become one of Siege’s most prominent memes. He’s also potentially the worst operator in the roster, sporting both microscopic pick and win rates in the last competitive season.
It’s a problem Ubisoft says stems from his core ability of setting up a stationary turret to control. Athanassof said that since the initial release movement and repositioning have become much bigger parts of defending, and that any fix for Tachanka would likely need to alter his immobile nature – but the problem is that’s a core part of his identity.
“We’re in a situation where if we were to change it, if we really want to address it, we’d have to change it in a way where it won’t be Tachanka anymore,” Athanassof explained. “That’s a difficult decision to make.”
Watch the video above to hear more of Athanassof’s thoughts on some of Siege’s defenders.
Athanassof made it seem like a rework wasn’t out of the question, and that they likely would have done so already if he weren’t “Lord Tachanka”, but said he would basically become a completely new operator. Even with the abysmal performance, Ubisoft is concerned about doing that to an operator with such a well-loved (if notorious) reputation. It’s an interesting dilemma, and one Ubisoft is taking more seriously than you might expect.
Tom Marks is an Associate Editor focusing on PC gaming at IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.