With full access to Microsoft's recent first-party titles, Xbox Game Pass has its share of huge titles in its library. There are also games that sort of fit the category of "quietly huge," like No Man's Sky. This week, though, Game Pass will see the addition of one of the biggest esports shooters of the past five years: Ubisoft's Rainbow Six Siege will join the service on Oct. 22.
Siege, which Xbox Wire says has over 60 million registered players, has fared extremely well in the shooter space since its 2015 release thanks to the updates and support Ubisoft has given it. While members of Siege's core team transitioned away from the project late last year, it seems that Ubisoft will continue to work on it for the foreseeable future. Earlier this year, the Siege team got out ahead of most developers to assure players that Siege will work on PS5 and the Xbox Series X.
That means that players will be able to carry over their progress, including new operators they've unlocked like Splinter Cell's Sam Fisher. Cross-generational play is also guaranteed by Ubisoft for the launch of the new Xboxes and the PS5.
Siege's omission from Game Pass for PC is interesting here—currently, the base game costs $20 on Steam. Of course, whether playing with Game Pass on an Xbox or via streaming on an Android device, there'll be ways for players to spend money. Game Pass subscribers will get "up to 10%" off for Siege add-ons, including the Year 5 pass.
Adding Siege to Game Pass gives the service another strong multiplayer offering ahead of the Xbox Series X/S launch, which was originally going to coincide with the release of Halo Infinite and it's free-to-play multiplayer. At the same time, Siege isn't a brand new experience, and folks who are fans of the series' older entries may be looking forward to the co-op shooter Rainbow Six Quarantine rather than looking to summit Siege's mountain of competitive skill.
Xbox Game Pass streaming just launched officially for Android last month, and it's there that Siege may make the biggest splash with this deal. There's no Android or iOS version of Siege, so it's possible that getting access to the full Xbox One version via streaming could catch on with a mobile audience that's been hankering for some real Rainbow Six. Earlier this year, Ubisoft even filed suit to get a "near carbon copy" on mobile shut down.
It's possible we'll see more games added to Game Pass either for just console and mobile streaming or even for streaming only. Expanding the presence of Game Pass on mobile is certainly a big goal for Xbox: reportedly, Microsoft plans to circumvent Apple's App Store restrictions on game streaming services by launching an iOS browser-compatible version next year.