Ubisoft has confirmed that Rainbow Six Siege
will be available on next-gen consoles.
Roy Del Valle, the game’s product manager, made the announcement yesterday, on the final day of the Six Invitational 2020 playoffs in Quebec, Canada.
He was invited onto a panel to talk about the major changes that will be introduced to Siege over Year 5 and Year 6 – across 2020 and 2021, essentially. In particular, he addressed why Ubisoft will only be releasing one new operator per season instead of the usual two from Year 5 Season 3 and beyond.
“When we look at the amount of stuff that the team can work on today there’s no doubt that this is the right choice to go into the future with full confidence for Rainbow Six Siege,” Del Valle said.
“This is allowing us to do a lot of things. It’s allowing us to have a core gameplay focused philosophy, to dive deeper into those aspects. It’s allowing us to polish a little bit more our operators, the operators that we’re going to be bringing into the roster of 50+ operators that we have today.”
“And this is a bit of a soft announcement,” he continued, “but it’s allowing us to work for next-gen, so we are on next-gen in the coming years.”
No date as to when Rainbow Six Siege will launch on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X has been given yet but Ubisoft is aiming for the launch of those consoles. The developer also wants to avoid fragmenting the community and told Windows Central that the next-gen versions of the game will have cross-generation multiplayer with the PS4 and Xbox One.
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Both the PS5 and Xbox Series X are due out in holiday 2020 so, obviously, the next-gen versions of Rainbow Six Siege won’t be available before that.
There’s also the question of what the differences will be, if any, in the next-gen versions of Siege, especially as both the PS5 and Xbox Series X are backwards compatible anyway.
Regardless, Ubisoft will be looking to do what’s best for all of its Siege players, especially after the hard fight it has had to grow the game over the past five years. Ubisoft stated during the same panel that it’s committed to work on Siege for the next five, 10, or 15 years if it has to – however long people continue to play it. It was also revealed that Tachanka is getting a rework this year.
Chris Priestman is a freelancer who writes news for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.