One of the positives that could come out of Games-as-a-Service (GaaS) and the backward compatibility of next-gen consoles is we’ll no longer need the constant parade of rehashed sequels. Case in point - Rainbow Six Siege. Ubisoft has confirmed there are no plans whatsoever for Rainbow Six Siege 2, with plans in place to transition the beloved multiplayer shooter to next-gen consoles as smoothly as possible.
“We don’t want a sequel whatsoever,” said Rainbow Six brand director Alexandre Remy during the Siege Pro League Season Finals in Milan. “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.”
For PC gamers, the very idea of needing a sequel or a remake just to have a game run on next-gen consoles sounds a little bizarre. A multiplayer shooter on PC is set for years to come, while most console shooters end up with a limited shelf life, abandoned once a shiny new console arrives.
“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 backward compatibility,” he continued.
Straightforward backward compatibility seems the obvious choice here, although prospective PS5 and Xbox Scarlett owners may be hoping for a visual upgrade to bring Siege up to par with the PC version. Whether Ubisoft decides to sell such an upgrade is a different matter. For PC players it shouldn’t matter one bit whatever happens - there’s not going to be a Siege 2 and therefore no additional costs to keep playing.
Taking into account the success of Rainbow Six Siege, and its continued growth thanks to ongoing content support and major esports events, a sequel that amounts to a hard reset for Ubisoft would be a bit daft. We’d love to see what a Siege 2 could look like, of course, but it doesn’t make practical sense considering Ubisoft’s ongoing revenue from the original.
Talking of ongoing revenue, Rainbow Six Siege’s next update is inbound shortly. Operation Phantom Sight is set to arrive soon and adds the Nokk and Warden operators as well as a rework of Kafe Dostoyevsky. Nokk is an attacker who can become invisible to cameras and drones, while Warden is a defender equipped with Glance Smartglasses which can help to see through smoke and have immunity to flashes.