Rainbow Six Extraction & Siege Won't Cannibalize Each Other As They're "Very Different," Says Director
Though both Extraction's PvE and Siege's PvP use the same operators and focus on tactical gameplay, Ubisoft Montreal is confident the two won't be competing for the same playerbase.
Despite Rainbow Six Extraction and Rainbow Six Siege's similar tactical-focused first-person shooter gameplay and roster of characters, developer Ubisoft Montreal is confident that the two games will not cannibalize each other's audiences.
"They're both very different games offering their own challenges and pacing so there's no worry in that regard, quite the opposite in fact," Rainbow Six Extraction creative director Patrik Méthé told GameSpot. "The way [Extraction] is built in its PvE nature--we're confident that it will appeal to a wide variety of players from both sides."
For Siege players looking to split their time with Extraction, Méthé says that Extraction's formula changes how you play with certain operators and their abilities, so playing the game should be a "fresh experience," even if it does feel familiar.
"In addition, should Siege players decide to push [Extraction] to its maximum threat level, it will offer a high-octane challenge, on par--and even above--what they're used to in Siege," Méthé said. "It'll be interesting to see how they cope with these advanced challenges."
And beyond the players willing to split their time between Siege and Extraction, Méthé says that Ubisoft Montreal is counting on Extraction pulling in a new pool of players that have never even tried Siege.
"For newcomers to the Rainbow Six universe--Extraction offers an enjoyable tactical co-op experience where they'll be able to push themselves to the limit and will have to improve their skills and abilities every time they play, to make mission success easier," Méthé said. "Communication and teamwork will be even more essential for these players."
Whether Rainbow Six Extraction is able to differentiate itself enough from Siege in order for the two games to exist side-by-side in the already very crowded game-as-a-service market remains to be seen. But we'll find out soon enough. Scheduled to launch for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, PC, Stadia, and Luna, Rainbow Six Extraction will release September 16.
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