Ubisoft has put out a recent blog post (thanks Polygon) giving us some insight into how Rainbow Six Siege will support Xbox One and Xbox Series X simultaneously, with creative director Leroy Athanassoff indicating that players on both consoles will be able to play together with cross-gen matchmaking.
In the post, Athanassoff also mentions the game will be backwards compatible on Xbox Series X, meaning Xbox One copies will be fully supported on the new system. Here's a bit more of what he had to say:
"Siege is going to be on new consoles. The only thing we are communicating right now is the fact that we are supporting cross-generation matchmaking. For example, PlayStation 5 players can play with PlayStation 4 players, and Xbox Series X players can play with Xbox One players."
"The game will be backwards compatible, meaning that you can take your disc of Rainbow Six Siege on PS4 and put it in your PS5, or take your Xbox One disc and put it in your Xbox Series X."
Athanassoff goes on to suggest the Rainbow Six Siege team doesn't want to split its community, nor force players to buy another copy of the game at full price. It remains to be seen whether Xbox Series X's Smart Delivery feature will be incorporated as well, but no details have been given at this point.
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