Rainbow Six Siege players will get a free Xbox Series X upgrade

By Sean Carey,
Earlier this year, Ubisoft announced that it had plans to release a Series X version of Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege for when the console launches. Now, the creative director for Siege, Leroy Athanassoff has said that those who own an Xbox One copy of the game will get the Series X version for free.

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When asked about how the Siege team would be approaching the next generation of consoles, Athanassoff said (via a Ubisoft news post), that he didn't want to split the player base between the One and Series X. "The game will be backwards compatible, meaning that you can take your disc of Rainbow Six Siege on PS4 and put it in your PS5, or take your Xbox One disc and put it in your Xbox Series X. What we know for sure is that we don't want to break our community, to split our community, and we don't want to make you buy another Rainbow Six Siege at full price." Athanassoff also said that Siege would support cross-generation matchmaking.

The Xbox Series X has a feature called Smart Delivery that should streamline the move over to the next generation. If you buy a game on the Xbox One and it supports Smart Delivery, you'll get a free upgraded version for the Series X. Recently, The Coalition announced that Gears 5 would support Smart Delivery and those who own the game on the Xbox One would get the Series X version for free too.

In other Siege news, the development team has announced that they will now be working from home due to the Coronavirus pandemic. This means a slight slow down in the number of patches the game will be receiving until the novel virus is under control. The team has said that the work from home policy will not impact the next update for Siege, but future content releases may have to be delayed.

The latest Operation has just kicked off in Siege. Operation Void Edge adds two new Operators and brings with a reworked Oregon map.
Sean Carey
Written by Sean Carey
Hey everyone! I'm Sean. I have been writing gaming content for various outlets over the past few years while studying a degree in Journalism. I grew up on everything PlayStation — mainly Metal Gear Solid, with a brief foray into the world of Xbox. Nowadays, you'll find me mainly playing multiplayer PC games, but with the recent addition of the Xbox Game Pass for PC, I'm looking forward to improving my TA Score.