But in order for that to be possible, certain features would need to be in place, and ultimately “it’s a company decision”, he told PC Gamer.
“I think on the development team we want that at some point,” he said of the tactical shooter potentially going free-to-play. “We want the game to be accessible to everyone.
“You need certain features ready to be a good and successful free-to-play game,” he added, explaining that the team is trying to identify the best solution to combat skilled players using secondary accounts in order to take advantage of less-skilled ones.
“What’s important for us is that we find out as soon as possible that a player is highly skilled in the things that matter,” Athanassoff said. “The problem right now is that you can play a certain amount of matches with Copper players while you’re a Diamond.”
Athanassoff recently said Ubisoft intends to release Rainbow Six Siege for PS5 and Xbox Series X when the next-gen consoles launch later this year.
He also confirmed that current and next-gen players within console families will be able to play against each other, and said Ubisoft would like to support cross-play between Microsoft and Sony systems.
“We are ready to support that,” he told Windows Central. “And hopefully, this will happen because as I said, it’s a general move in the industry, and there is nothing that can prevent that. It’s just a matter of time before it happens.”