Ubisoft are planing to have Rainbow Six Siege on both next-gen consoles from launch day

By Heidi Nicholas,
Rainbow Six Siege is still going strong almost five years after release, with Operation Void Edge having just been revealed at their Six Invitational e-sports event. In a bid not to "break their community", and to ensure both current gen and next gen players will to be able to play, Ubisoft has announced their plans to bring Rainbow Six Siege to both the Xbox Series X and the PS5 at launch.

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Speaking to Windows Central, Game Director Leroy Athanassoff discussed Ubisoft's plans. Unfortunately, while he can say they're aiming to have Rainbow Six Siege on Xbox Series X from day one, he's obviously not able to say what day that will be. "Why I can't give you a date is because those dates are, in the end, on the people doing the next-gen consoles...What I can tell you is that we are going to be on [the consoles] from launch. When they will release the consoles; but it's up to them to agree that. For Siege, our target is to be available right at launch."

As noted in the interview, the first console upgrades for Rainbow Six Siege on the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X came a few months after the consoles launched. Athanassoff, speaking of their next-gen plans for the game, said: "We don't want to break our community. So, we want people who buy the new system right away to play it with their friends." In the same vein, they're also supporting multiplayer across different generations: "That means if you play on the next PlayStation, you will be able to matchmake with the previous PlayStation." Cross-play between Xbox One and the PS4 seems as though it might still be a little way off; Athanassoff says Ubisoft are all for it, and that it's pretty much inevitable, but it sounds as though they're still very much in the "discussion" phase of things: "Again, this is more a discussion between Microsoft and Sony. We would love to be fully cross-play — have Xbox players matchmaking against the PlayStation players. We are ready to support that. And hopefully, this will happen because as I said, it's a general move in the industry, and there is nothing that can prevent that. It's just a matter of time before it happens."

As for what's closer on the horizon for Rainbow Six Siege; we've had our first look at the two new operators for Operation Void Edge, which was itself revealed at the Six Invitational over the weekend. Ubisoft haven't yet confirmed the Operation's launch date, but it's expected to be sometime in early March. We'll let you know when there's more information.
Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Hey, I'm Heidi! I've just finished studying a Masters in English Literature, but I've been obsessed with gaming since long before then. I began on the PS2 with Spyro, before graduating to the Xbox 360 and disappearing into Skyrim. I'm now a loyal RPG fan, but I still like to explore other genres — when I'm not playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey, or being lured back into Red Dead Redemption 2 or The Witcher 3!