Ubisoft is planning to have Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege available for both the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X on the consoles’ respective launch dates and the publishers are also hoping to offer cross-play and cross-platform play. The multiplayer shooter has been around for a while but remains quite popular, prompting the devs to set out a two-year plan for continued support.
The aforementioned consoles are set to release during the holiday season this year and game studios are likely scrambling to have titles ready for the highly-anticipated launches. Ubisoft’s well aware that re-releasing one of its most popular online games will leave the company in a very good position if they have it ready to roll out together with the next-gen systems. And they’re planning to do just that.
Leroy Athanassoff, the game’s director told Windows Central as much but was unable to provide launch dates, understandably so as those are well and truly up to Sony and Microsoft. He did confirm that the title would be PS5 and X Series-ready.
“Why I can’t give you a date is because those dates are, in the end, on the people doing the next-gen consoles,” he said. “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.”
The publishers dropped updates for the game for the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X but those came months after the consoles launched. They are planning to move much faster with the upcoming consoles, however.
“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,” Athanassoff added.
The game will also feature cross-generation multiplayer, which means that PS5 users will be able to play against PS4 users. cross-play between Xbox and PlayStation owners, though, is something not as easily achievable as Microsoft and Sony will have to agree first.
“Again, this is more a discussion between Microsoft and Sony,” the director said. “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.”
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