Rainbow Six Siege is about to get its latest update, Operation Void Edge, which marks the beginning of Year 5. With each new Year in Rainbow Six Siege, Ubisoft release a new update every three months. Players can purchase the Year 5 pass and get all the new Operators up front, but everything in the updates can also be purchased with both in-game and premium currency. The fact that Ubisoft is still investing so many development resources in the game basically confirmed that it would be coming to the next console generation, but we didn’t know how big the transition was going to be until now.
When the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X launch, Rainbow Six Siege will be there for brand new and veteran players alike. Ubisoft are making it possible for players to continue using their game profiles on these next-gen consoles, meaning that anyone who has been playing for one or even five full years can simply pick up where they left off on current-gen consoles. This shows a dedication to that player base from Ubisoft, because they know how much players value the items they’ve spent time earning in Rainbow Six Siege. Many items are earned in time-limited events, meaning that they can’t ever be earned again.
The Director for Rainbow Six Siege has also explained that right now Ubisoft could enable crossplay between all platforms, but they need Sony and Microsoft to work out the finer details before it’s enabled between PlayStation and Xbox. What will be possible when the next console generation launches, is crossplay between current and next-gen consoles, like the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. This means that next-gen versions of the game won’t have the same issue that Destiny 2 is on Stadia right now, with a limited player base massively hindering multiplayer game modes.
I’m really interested to see how Ubisoft continue to support Rainbow Six Siege moving forward. I think they’ll be setting an example that’s hard to follow, but ultimately it’s one that respects the player base and helps them maintain a revenue stream without the new generation of consoles affecting things too much, if at all. Eventually I can see support for current-gen versions of the game ending, but it won’t be for a while yet, which is most-likely why Ubisoft has outlined a two year support plan for now. They’ll almost certainly choose to focus on the next-gen versions of the game when those two years are up.