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Rainbow Six Siege is finally getting cross-play and cross-progression

Siege is also getting a new Operator called Thunderbird

Thunderbird flying a helicopter in Rainbow Six Siege Image: Ubisoft/Twitch
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Rainbow Six Siege is one of the most popular multiplayer shooters around on both console and PC and it’s finally getting cross-play ... but with some caveats. The announcement came at Ubisoft’s E3 2021 presentation on Saturday.

On June 30, Ubisoft will add cross-play and cross-progression to Rainbow Six Siege between all of its various PC platforms including standard PC, Google Stadia, and Amazon Luna. Players from all three platforms will be able to queue into games together. For consoles, cross-play will be released in early 2022, when players on PlayStation and Xbox will be able to jump into games together. It does not appear that Ubisoft will let PC and console players compete together, which shouldn’t be much of a surprise.

Ubisoft’s Rainbow Six Siege cross-play and cross-progression roadmap Image: Ubisoft

According to Ubisoft’s announcement, these updates will also include cross-progression across “all platforms” as part of one unified account, so you can earn rewards no matter where you’re playing.

Right after the announcement of cross-play and cross-progression, Ubisoft also gave fans a new look at the game’s newest Defensive Operator, Thunderbird. The Thunderbird preview came in the form of an gorgeous animated trailer where the new Operator takes on a bear with a flare gun and lives to tell the tale.

Thunderbird will be available as part of Siege’s North Star update and event, which starts next week on June 14.

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