When Ubisoft switched from Uplay to its shiny new Ubisoft Connect client last year, the publisher promised that future games would be as economical and cross-platform as possible. At the time, that promise didn’t include Rainbow Six Siege, which was disappointing for players hoping to combine their Operator and Skin collections on each platform. Rejoice: It sounds like we will fulfill our wish at some point.
During a preview event for the upcoming Crimson Heist season, Siege Game Director Jean-Baptiste Halle announced to PC Gamer that these features are in progress. “We are actively working on cross-progression and cross-play,” he said. “In the console space, I think it would be great if the PlayStation and Xbox could play together.”
Halle said crossplay would result in shorter matchmaking times, especially in regions where the population of one console far exceeds the other. He used the example of Asian regions where PlayStation gamers are vastly superior to Xbox. As for the PC, Halle is “skeptical” about joining the platform with his cousins on the console.
“I can see the advantages but I can also see the disadvantages,” he said. “So in this case it is too early to communicate.”
Halle agreed that one of the drawbacks is the inherent advantage keyboard and mouse users would have over controller players in a precise shooter like Siege.
Unlike successful crossplay games like Call of Duty: Warzone or Fortnite, Siege has no aiming aid for controller players that could help fill the skill gap. The Siege console community is already experiencing issues with gamers using third-party hardware to allow them to use their mouse and keyboard. So I don’t hope that an official implementation will strike the right balance. Ubisoft could just enable native mouse and keyboard support on both consoles, but that could create an environment where only mouse users get to the top.
Fortunately, cross-progression should be far less controversial. Players can already transfer progress from their last-gen console to a PS5 or Xbox Series X / S, but the three main ecosystems are still separate. Halle says it’s too early to say when the floodgates will open, but I can’t wait to not have to buy each operator twice to play with my friends on PC and PS5.
Ubi unveiled Crimson Heist, the 6th grade season of Siege over the weekend, with plenty of interesting announcements over the weekend. Check out my hands-on experience with the new attacker Flores and wash it off with the fact that Rick and Morty skins are coming to the siege this year.