Rainbow Six Siege is Eyeing a Next-Gen Release "From Launch"

By Alistair Jones on at

Ubisoft seems to be committing to the future of Rainbow Six Siege. Speaking to Windows Central, game director Leroy Athanassof said that the publisher was targeting a launch-day release on both the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X for its first-person shooter.

There's no exact date for that release, as neither Sony nor Microsoft have announced the launch date for their next-gen consoles, but Athanassof is confident that Siege will be there "from launch." Ubisoft is keen, however, to avoid fracturing its now 55 million-strong community: Athanassof says that "we want people who buy the new system right away to play it with their friends," meaning plans are in place to offer cross-gen multiplayer, even if cross-platform multiplayer is still a long way off.

During last weekend's Six Invitational, Ubisoft revealed a host of new features for its game, from new operators to a suite of map reworks. The developer has long been praised for its post-launch approach to the game, which has made it one of the company's most successful multiplayer products ever.

The suggestion that it's happy to move Siege to the next generation of consoles would appear to suggest that it's remaining committed to the game for the forseeable future. Questions have been being asked of the franchise's future for years, and with the game due to turn five years old just in time for the release of the new consoles, a sequel might not have seemed entirely unlikely. With Ubi confirming it's moving the game into the next generation, however, it would seem Siege 2 is still a long way away.