Rainbow Six Siege’s developer, Ubisoft has never kept his desire hidden. He has always been vocal about his wish to get the Tom Clancy shooter to the 100 Operator mark before making a sequel. He has repeatedly stated the same feeling and now as the news of launch of PlayStation and Xbox consoles are making headlines, the company has again underlined the same sentiment.
“We don’t want a sequel whatsoever,” Siege’s brand director, Alexandre Remy, told the Daily Star. “The reason behind this is we don’t want to segregate our community between the different platforms. In an ideal world, we’d love players from every platform to be able to play together. We are approaching next-gen with the same spirit.”
Remy’s comments are a reflection of the company’s approach. He clearly indicates the Ubisoft’s opposition to both making a sequel and also its dream to make cross-play a reality–both across generations and within them, with PS4 players and Xbox One players able to play together with PC users.
At the same time he elaborated on his ideas. He said that they have been asking how can they make the player base of Siege today be able to migrate, if they want to migrate, that is, but also make this cheaper [than buying a new, next-gen copy of the game] as much as possible or through backwards compatibility.
According to Remy, the strength of any multiplayer game is the size of its community. Keeping in mind this aspect, he believes that they have to make every effort possible that when next gen comes in, they are treated as a high-end PC versus another PC.
At the same time Remy is aware about the challenges he will face in the times coming ahead. This is evident from the warning he has given. He said that this is just a target Ubisoft is aiming for and that there is still a lot of time before cross-play becomes a reality for Siege. Cross-platform play has become more common in the recent times especially in the last couple of years, with Rocket League, Fortnite, and the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare all allowing players from different platforms to play together.
Rainbow Six Siege’s new season, Operation Phantom Sight, will be launched for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. It will bring a redesign of Kafe Dostoyevsky as well as two new Operators, Nokk and Warden. A release date for Year 4, Season 2 is expected in the next week or two.
Interestingly Sony has officially announced the PlayStation 5. There is no clarity on the release date yet but the next-gen console is currently scheduled to release during the holiday season in 2020. And it will clash with Microsoft latest console, the Xbox. Thus amidst the launch of these two heavyweight consoles, it will be interesting to see how the developers of Rainbow Six Siege will plan their updates and release the new versions.