Ubisoft today detailed their plans for cross-platform multiplayer and shared progression in Rainbow Six Siege, and the news for PC players is probably not surprising. While we will get to share progression with all other platforms, we won't be able to play together with people on console. Though, uh, we will get to play with those on Stadia and Luna? Sure, okay.
First, a new trailer introducing Thunderbird, the new operator coming to Siege with the North Star season on June 14th:
Alright, it's linking time. On June 30th, Siege will launch on Stadia and Ubi will add cross-platform multiplayer between PC, Stadia, and Luna. Then, in "early 2022", they will enable cross-progression between all platforms as well as crossplay between Xbox and PlayStation.
Ubisoft said a few months back that they uncertain about PC-console multiplayer and I'm not surprised by the outcome. PC players do have advantages from the control scheme, and cheats are so much more common. Letting PC stompers and cheaters onto consoles would definitely cause issues.
That said, the added latency of Stadia and Luna will definitely give proper PC peeps an advantage over them. However, I'm sure the seven people in the world who use the cloud gaming platforms will just be glad to have more folks to play with.
Ubisoft today also released the first Rainbow Six Extraction gameplay trailer, giving a look at the strange cooperative spin-off which pits Siege's operators against a parasitic alien menace. That announced Extraction's release date too: September 16th.
E3 2021 may be over but our memories live on - see everything on our E3 hub. Many more big game showcases and streams are still to come this summer, leading up to Gamescom, so see our summer games stream schedule to stay up to date.