During the company’s latest earnings call, Ubisoft expressed interest in making all of its PvP games cross-platform. Currently, cross-platform play is only supported in two of Ubisoft’s games: Brawlhalla and Just Dance 2019.
“Our goal is to put cross-play on all the PvP games we have, over time,” Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said. “That’s well on the way.” Ubisoft has a lot of games that support PvP play, but we’re assuming Guillemot is mostly speaking to the larger games that have still maintained their playerbase and are still scheduled to receive post-launch content. With both Microsoft and Sony’s next-gen consoles aiming for a Holiday 2020 release, it’s likely Ubisoft plans on implementing cross-play in the PvP games that are scheduled to get next-gen ports so players can bring their accounts over and still play with their friends on Xbox One and PS4. It’s a future that’s been made possible since Sony eased up on allowing cross-play support in PlayStation games.
On the call, Guillemot pointed to Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag as an example of Ubisoft porting a game from one console generation to the next, and the transition working out in the long run. Funnily enough, if Ubisoft keeps to tradition, the Assassin’s Creed game for 2020 will also be releasing within that same Q4 window–though the studio has not confirmed a release date for the rumored Viking Assassin’s Creed game, nor said anything about whether it will be a cross-platform title like Black Flag.
Of Ubisoft’s existing PvP titles, the two most likely candidates for cross-play support are For Honor and Rainbow Six Siege, both of which continue to see limited-time holiday events, new maps, and new characters. The former just saw the release of Zhanhu, the first brand-new hero for the Wu Lin faction–which was added to the game in the Marching Fire expansion. The latter is in the midst of its Halloween-themed event, Doktor’s Curse, which adds a bunch of spooky new skins for its many Operators.
After admitting Ghost Recon: Breakpoint could have used a bit more polish before release, Ubisoft delayed the launch of several of its games scheduled for early 2020. Rainbow Six Quarantine, Watch Dogs: Legion, and Gods & Monsters have all been pushed back to the latter half of 2020.