A new generation of consoles are looming, and for developers of long-running games with multiple seasons, that raises a question of whether support will continue onto the new hardware. Ubisoft announced today that Rainbow Six Siege would be coming to next-gen consoles, but it wouldn't be leaving the old ones behind, either.
On the Ubisoft blog, an interview with Siege's Creative Director Leroy Athanassoff confirms that Rainbow Six Siege will be playable on PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles. But, if you're staying on older generations for a while, you'll still be able to play with the next-gen players.
PlayStation 5 players will be able to play with PS4 players, and Xbox Series X players can compete against Xbox One players. Athanassoff also confirms that the game will be backward compatible, so owners of Siege on PS4 or Xbox One can bring forward their copy of the game, so long as it stays within the same console family.
"What we know for sure is that we don't want to break our community, to split our community, and we don't want to make you buy another Rainbow Six Siege at full price," Athanassoff says.
Both Sony and Microsoft have discussed backward compatibility in the past, with PlayStation detailing some of its backward compatibility in a presentation yesterday and Xbox announcing its "Smart Delivery" next-gen upgrade program. Both platforms seem to be embracing the potential power of backward compatibility to bolster the new consoles' catalogs.
Ubisoft itself is keen on the idea of backward compatibility as well. In an investor call earlier this year, Ubisoft's Yves Guillemot lauded the potential of playing old games on new consoles.
"What will be new also, in this industry, is that those consoles will be running almost all the back catalog of the previous consoles," Guillemot said. "So it will be something new in the industry. It will help the old generation to continue to be big consoles on the market for the years to come, so that's something that will actually grow the market a lot."
It's not clear what kind of aesthetic upgrades Rainbow Six Siege might see on next-gen hardware, but at least we'll still be able to kick down doors and rappel through windows on the next generation of consoles.