Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege is an example of a game as a service that continues to get things right. The title has consistently been near the top of the Xbox Gameplay Chart since its conception, and it still has an extremely active esports community with Season IX of the Pro League recently drawing to a close. At those finals, Rainbow Six Brand Director, Alexandre Remy, spoke to The Daily Star about the game's future, and there isn't a sequel planned for the next generation of consoles.
Remy stated the Ubisoft Montreal team "don’t want a sequel whatsoever" because they wish for the game's lifespan to continue growing. The team has previously promised to bring 100 Operators to the game, and at the 2018 Invitational tournament, Remy stated he wished for the game to be around for the next ten years. With a new console generation in development at Sony and Microsoft, the only way the game could continue for that long would be if it moved onto those consoles. The thing is, Ubisoft doesn't want to stop supporting the current version of the game either.
To do this, they'll need to support the game on Xbox One and the next generation of Xbox simultaneously, but doing so in such a way that those who buy the next generation of consoles don't have an advantage over Xbox One owners. This would mean the team is able to keep the community united within each console ecosystem. Remy explained what the developer is hoping to achieve:
The reason behind this is we don't want to segregate our community between the different platforms. In an ideal world tomorrow, we’d love players from every platform to be able to play together. We are approaching next-gen with the same spirit.Ubisoft is still investigating options for players to upgrade their version of the game to the new console. One of those options is backwards compatibility, something that is already important to Microsoft and that Sony has confirmed for the PlayStation 5. Another option is for players to migrate their version of the game to the new generation, something that should be a cheaper option than buying a new copy of the game on the next generation of console.
Right now, Ubisoft Montreal is talking to Microsoft and Sony on how best to achieve their intentions. As soon as we hear more, we'll be sure to let you know.
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