Ubisoft has no plans ‘whatosever’ for a sequel to Rainbow Six Siege, but it does want to make sure the game is on next gen consoles.
It’s now become commonplace for games as a service titles to launch in a broken or unfinished state and then redeem themselves later with free updates and expansions, and while Rainbow Six Siege was never that bad when it started it is widely considered the best example of the concept working out for both publisher and gamers.
So much so that it’s brought in $1 billion in revenues for Ubisoft and has seen the developer repeatedly shoot down any talk of a sequel.
And they’ve done so once again, while this time all but confirming the game will appear on the PlayStation 5 and next generation Xbox.
‘We don’t want a sequel whatsoever,’ brand director Alexandre Remy told the Daily Star. Instead he wants to bring existing players with them to the new formats.
‘The reason behind this is we don’t want to segregate our community between the different platforms. In an ideal world tomorrow, we’d love players from every platform to be able to play together. We are approaching next gen with the same spirit.’
Remy even hints that you won’t need to buy a new copy of the game, which may seem unusually generous but games as a service titles make the majority of their money from DLC and not the initial game.
‘We’ve been asking how can we make the player base of Siege today be able to migrate – if they want to migrate, that is – but also make this cheaper [than buying a new, next-gen copy of the game] as much as possible or through backwards compatibility.’
Although it’s possible Ubisoft may formally announce their plans at E3 next week it’s more likely they’ll wait until after the consoles are officially revealed – which isn’t going to happen with the PlayStation 5 until after E3.
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