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Rainbow Six Siege PS4 or Xbox One disc will work on PS5 or Xbox Series X

Cross-generation play should include cross-generation progression, too

Rainbow Six Siege’s new operator, Kali, with her weapon, the CSRX 300, a very large sniper rifle
Kali, an operator in Rainbow Six Siege, with the CSRX 300, a very robust marksmanship weapon.
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Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

Rainbow Six Siege will support cross-generation matchmaking when the next-generation consoles launch this holiday season, Ubisoft announced. That means that PlayStation 4 owners can participate with PlayStation 5 users, Xbox One and Xbox Series X players may play together, and no one has to buy a second copy of the game.

“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,” said Leroy Athanasoff, the game’s creative director, in a Ubisoft blog post on Thursday.

“What we know for sure is that we don’t want to break our community, to split our community, and we don’t want to make you buy another Rainbow 6 Siege at full price,” he added.

Windows Central reported back in February that Rainbow Six Siege’s developers hoped to bring cross-platform progression to the game, too. That is, that someone’s career, stats, and unlocks would carry from PlayStation 4 to PlayStation 5, for example. But “I don’t think there will ever be console cross-play with PC,” Athanasoff told Windows Central.

For the coming year, Athanasoff said players will notice a new reputation system in Siege that will “build a kind of memory,” with the intent of thwarting and sanctioning toxic behavior. Toxic behavior, Athanasoff said, is more than just abusive dialogue in party chat. “You are going to decrease your score by doing mean and toxic actions,” he said.

But it’s not dependent on other players tattling on transgressors (a feature that could itself be exploited in a toxic way). “There is no way for people to impact your behavior score by avoiding or reporting you,” Athanasoff said.

“We will give you warnings, give you notifications, so you know,” he added. “I am not too much into punishment and stuff like that; I’m more into prevention and incentivizing to give you opportunity, feedback and notifications to do good stuff.”

Rainbow Six Siege launched in 2015, and is now in the fifth year and first season of its content cycle — Operation Void Edge, which introduced two new playable characters to a cast of more than 50.