Rainbow Six Extraction: How To Play With Friends, Add Players Via Crossplay & Utilise The Buddy Pass System

Ubisoft's Rainbow Six Extraction is finally here and, as we mentioned in our recent review, it's a solid bit of tactical shooting action that mixes up the usual super serious military vibe of the series for something altogether more preposterous.

Of course, co-operative play is front and centre here — although this one is fully playable and lots of fun in solo — and so we've put together a quick guide showing you how to invite your friends on Xbox, use crossplay to squad up with pals on other platforms and utilise the upcoming Buddy System in order to play with comrades who don't yet own the game.

Let's jump in!

Rainbow Six Extraction Co-Op Guide

How To Invite Friends on Xbox

In order to invite your fellow Xbox buddies to squad up take down the Archaeans, you simply need to head to the game's main menu and hit the "Y" button on your controller in order to drop down a list on the right hand side of the screen showing your available friends. Now just select whoever you want to play with and send that invite.

How To Invite Friends Via Crossplay

In order to play with friends who are on other systems, whether it be PlayStation, PC or Google Stadia, you'll first need to ensure that you are all members of Ubisoft Connect, something you'll likely already be if you've been enjoying any Ubisoft titles from the past few years. You'll also need to make sure you're all friends within Ubisoft Connect itself.

Once you've done this you'll be able to see your friends, regardless of their platform, once you hit the "Y" button in the main menu and drop down that squad list. You can even toggle over to the right here to search for a specific pal in Connect itself.

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How To Use The Buddy Pass System

Rainbow Six Extraction's "Buddy Pass" wasn't implemented in time for launch, but it will officially be with us on Thursday, January 27th. Once it does land, you'll be able to send Buddy Pass tokens to pals who don't own the game in order to let them join you and play through the entire thing for a period of 14 days.

In order to do this you'll first want to ensure that any friend you're inviting has both the free trial version of the game installed and an Xbox Live Gold subscription.

Now go to the squad menu by once again hitting your "Y" button in the main menu, then select the friend you wish to play with to send them a token to join the action. Simples.

And that's it. You should now be able to buddy up with pals regardless of which platform they're playing on or whether or not they even own the game. Enjoy!

Will you be jumping into Rainbow Six Extraction with your friends over the next couple of weeks? Have you already been throttling some aliens as a squad? Let us know in the comments.