Rainbow Six Siege readies for PS5, XSX era, revamps tournament structure

Imagery for the 2020 Rainbow Six Siege International highlights its worldwide appeal. — AFP Relaxnews

Video game publisher Ubisoft is preparing Rainbow Six Siege for the next console era and introducing a regional structure for its e-sports tournaments.

Tactical team action game Rainbow Six Siege will be available on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X at launch, per the game's director.

"For Siege, our target is to be available right at launch," Ubisoft's Leroy Athanassof told Windows Central.

The company also intends to bring cross-console multiplayer to Rainbow Six Siege.

Xbox One and Xbox Series X owners would be able to play together, regardless of console generation, as would PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 players.

Cross-play between PlayStation and Xbox remains on the development wishlist but would be subject to agreement from both manufacturers.

"We would love to be fully cross-play – have Xbox players matchmaking against the PlayStation players. We are ready to support that. And hopefully, this will happen because as I said, it's a general move in the industry."

Console-to-PC multiplayer is unlikely to happen, at least not as a default option. It would have to be opt-in as, in Athanassof's view, such an arrangement hands an unfair advantage to Siege players on PC.

Elsewhere in the "R6S" ecosystem, plans are have been revealed to more fully regionalise its tournament format.

The game's competitive scene is already split into Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia-Pacific regions, and these will now wield greater autonomy while feeding into the annual, international Rainbow Six Invitational.

Asia-Pacific will be divided into a North Division (Japan, Korea, South-East Asia) and South Division (Oceania, South Asia). Europe's league will expand to ten teams and national programmes will become more significant. The Latin America League will support three divisions (Brazil, Mexico, and a combined South American grouping for Argentina, Peru, Chile and Uruguay), and North America will introduce a US Division and a Canada Division.

Rainbow Six Siege released in 2015 and was well received. Since then, Ubisoft's development team has issued a steady stream of improvements and additions via regular content updates, with the game becoming a regular fixture on the e-sports scene.

A 2020 Rainbow Six Invitational concluded over the weekend of Feb 14 to 16 in Montreal, Canada. – AFP Relaxnews

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