Cross-platform cross-play is fast becoming the norm in competitive online multiplayer games - Siege is a little behind at the moment, but Ubisoft is reportedly working on this. Rainbow Six Extraction might not be a competitive multiplayer experience, but should it have cross-platform cross-play?
Adding this feature will open the game up to a lot more people and, with it coming to Xbox Game Pass for free, this feature would go a long way. We know this new release is a different kind of game - where Siege is a tactical competitive multiplayer, Extraction is a cooperative shooter - but will Rainbow Six Extraction have cross-platform cross-play when it launches?
Will Extraction have cross-platform cross-play?
From what we can tell from pre-launch coverage and the information released from Ubisoft, Rainbow Six Extraction is going to have cross-platform cross-play from Day One. This is something Rainbow Six Siege players have been wanting for a while, but this could signpost that it's coming sooner than you think. If Ubisoft can make it work for Extraction, then it could be introduced to Siege soon after.
What does this all actually mean for Rainbow Six Extraction players, though? Well... It means you can play with anyone on the following platforms:
- PC (Epic Games Store, Ubisoft Connect, Stadia)
- PlayStation 4
- PlayStation 5
- Xbox One
- Xbox Series X|S
We know Siege is almost there, but PlayStation and Xbox players are still waiting to be able to play with one another. We can only speculate on why this is taking so long when Extraction is reportedly going to launch with the feature. Extraction isn't a competitive shooter so, presumably, latency issues and the skill-level
Siege is almost there - but we're waiting for PlayStation and Xbox players to be able to play with one another in that title (and against PC players). We can imagine the difference between Siege and Extraction - and the reason why crossplay is being made readily available for the newer title - is the fact that Extraction is a cooperative shooter and Siege is a competitive shooter.
It looks like Rainbow Six Extraction is also going to feature cross-progression - which must mean that you'll be able to save your progress through a Ubisoft account in a similar fashion to how Call of Duty titles use Activision accounts to enable cross-progression features. You can check out the reveal of this information in a short trailer from Ubisoft below:
We know that trailer is old, but the information remains true as far as we know.
Rainbow Six Extraction is available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC from January 20th, 2022. Keep an eye on Rainbow Six Extraction's social media channels for more.