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

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

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.

Riders Republic gets its own Destiny Tower and a September release

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Riders Republic gets its own Destiny Tower and a September release

Riders Republic, Ubisoft’s all-the-extreme-sports game, got a new deep dive trailer during Ubisoft’s E3 2021 livestream. After a delay earlier this year, Ubisoft will launch Riders Republic on Sept. 2. The studio revealed new game modes and the Rider’s Ridge, an interactive menu and social space a la Destiny’s Tower.

The trailer showed off a new game mode called Tricks Battle where players can change the colors of grind rails and ramps by doing tricks on them. Grinding on all the rails in an area will capture the district for your team, and doing tricks will contribute to your team’s overall score.

Watch Dogs: Legion’s first premium expansion, Bloodline, launches in July

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Watch Dogs: Legion’s first premium expansion, Bloodline, launches in July

Watch Dogs: Legion — Bloodline, the story expansion for those who bought the game’s premium season pass, will launch July 6, Ubisoft said on Saturday. The story brings back Aiden Pearce from the first Watch Dogs and Wrench from the second as playable characters.

Pearce, according to Ubisoft’s news release, has come to London to reconnect with his nephew, Jackson. He’s supposed to infiltrate a Broca Tech lab and steal some cutting edge technology — but Wrench gets the device first and flees. With his job botched, Pearce and his nephew are now on the lam from those who hired him.

Rainbow Six Extraction is like Tom Clancy’s Aliens, coming Sept. 16

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Rainbow Six Extraction is like Tom Clancy’s Aliens, coming Sept. 16

Rainbow Six is getting back to its tactical co-op roots, sort of. The newest entry in the series is Rainbow Six Extraction and it will pit players against hordes of mutated aliens, but ... tactically. The game’s latest footage was shown on Saturday during Ubisoft’s E3 2021 presentation.

The trailer starts off by giving us a bit of background on where the alien nightmare came from. An asteroid of some kind crashes to Earth and apparently starts infecting people all around the world. The trailer then follows a small squad of special ops soldiers from around the world as they try to extra one of their own from the hands of the aliens. Things seem to be going well, before the squad gets ambushed by an Apex and a few other special aliens that seem more dangerous than the rest.

How to watch Gearbox’s E3 2021 showcase

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How to watch Gearbox’s E3 2021 showcase

Borderlands developer Gearbox Software is heading to E3 2021 armed with a new game, Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands — the high-fantasy spinoff of its shooter-looter series — and a new movie. Gearbox fans expect to hear more about Borderlands — the Eli Roth-directed movie starring Cate Blanchett, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Jamie Lee Curtis — during its E3 Showcase on Saturday.

Gearbox Entertainment will take over the official E3 2021 livestream on Saturday, June 12 at 5 p.m. EDT/2 p.m. PDT. The event, which is expected to run about 30 minutes, will stream on E3’s YouTube, Twitch, Facebook, and Twitter channels.

Rocksmith Plus coming soon, billed as a subscription service

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Rocksmith Plus coming soon, billed as a subscription service

Ubisoft’s 10-year-old Rocksmith franchise will become an “interactive music learning subscription service,” with its next entry, Rocksmith Plus. That’s according to an email that guitar maker Gibson let slip before Ubisoft could announce the video game at its E3 keynote on Saturday.

Per the marketing email, Ubisoft is apparently partnering with Gibson again, as the company’s Epiphone, Kramer, and Gibson models of acoustic, electric, or bass guitars are specifically mentioned as compatible. A closed beta on PC will also begin soon, with registration open today.

Rumor: Far Cry 6 will let you play as past villains in DLC

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Rumor: Far Cry 6 will let you play as past villains in DLC

Far Cry 6’s season pass will add three villains from previous Far Cry games as playable characters, according to a video advertisement released ahead of Ubisoft’s E3 2021 press conference. That video hints at Vaas Montenegro from Far Cry 3, Pagan Min from Far Cry 4, and Joseph Seed from Far Cry 5 as playable content. “You are Vaas,” the video says, which has since been pulled following a copyright claim from Ubisoft.

The content appears dreamlike or hallucinogenic in nature, giving Ubisoft a narrative out for its Far Cry 6 DLC. Not that it’s ever really needed one; Far Cry 3 went full weird with its Blood Dragon DLC and Far Cry 5’s post-release content had players fighting zombies and Martian monsters, after all.

Mario + Rabbids 2 coming to Nintendo Switch in 2022

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Mario + Rabbids 2 coming to Nintendo Switch in 2022

Nintendo and Ubisoft are teaming up again for Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope, a sequel to 2017’s Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, for Nintendo Switch. The strategy game that mashes up the Super Mario and Rabbids worlds is coming to Switch in 2022, according to a product listing on Nintendo’s website.

Rabbids fans will likely hear more about Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope, later today, during Ubisoft’s E3 2021 press event, Ubisoft Forward. That digital showcase kicks off at 11 a.m. PDT/2 p.m. EDT.

How to watch the Ubisoft Forward E3 2021 press conference

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How to watch the Ubisoft Forward E3 2021 press conference

E3 2021’s first of many online press conferences kicks off on June 12 at 11 a.m. PDT/2 p.m. EDT with Ubisoft Forward, a livestream featuring the latest news and reveals from the publisher of Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, Far Cry 6, Rainbow Six Extraction, and more. You can watch the stream here via the YouTube link above. It’ll also broadcast on E3’s Twitch channel and at ubisoft.com/forward.

Ubisoft provided some early indication as to what we can expect to see. Remember Rainbow Six Quarantine, the game inspired by the Outbreak mode from Rainbow Six Siege, announced at E3 2019? It’s been renamed Rainbow Six Extraction, and today’s event will include “world premiere gameplay and trailers revealing this brand-new co-op title for the first time.”

Knockout City draws a crowd, and dodgeball sharks are working it

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Knockout City draws a crowd, and dodgeball sharks are working it

Barely two weeks into its launch and Knockout City already has hustlers.

Karthik Bala, co-founder of the studio that developed the multiplayer shooter-like dodgeball title for Electronic Arts, said he’s run into them himself. “They were messing with me,” he laughed. “They come in, they look like one of the default [skins] on startup, they play poorly, they’re uncoordinated as a team, they’re purposefully not on a crew together.”