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Rainbow Six November 2020 Major goes online: format, dates, more

Published: 9/Sep/2020 3:28

by Andrew Amos

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Ubisoft have pulled the plug on the Rainbow Six: Siege November 2020 Major LAN after months of limbo. The tournament will move into a regional online format, similar to the August major. However, the move has put a question mark over the Six Invitational in February.

The third big event for Rainbow Six esports in 2020 has now officially been canceled, at least in-person. Ubisoft announced on September 8 that the November 2020 major will no longer be taking place on LAN, and will instead be replaced by regional online events.

“Due to the ongoing pandemic, we will continue with a regional format with one online Major per region,” the devs said in a blog post.

“We know that the community is as eager as we are to watch global competitions and faceoffs between teams from different regions, however the health and well-being of our teams, developers, players, partners and fans remains our number one priority.”

The November 2020 major, which was set to be held in Europe, was going to be the final event teams could catapult off to qualify for the Six Invitational. Instead, a return to online play is planned.

The format is similar to the Six August Major, which was canceled under similar circumstances. Each of the four major regions will get their own mini majors, with teams qualifying through their respective regional events.

At least $500,000 of prize money is up for grabs globally ⁠— $125,000 per region. Fans will also be able to contribute to the prize pool through a Operator bundle, set to be released closer to the event.

The November Major will now take place across the whole month, with competition running from October 30 to November 29. Exact dates for each region are below.

  • Latin America: October 30 – November 1st
  • Europe: November 6 – 8
  • North America: November 13 -15
  • Asia-Pacific: November 25 – 29
Fnatic and BDS playing at Six Invitational 2020
João Ferreira for Ubisoft
The November Major cancellation has put the Six Invitational 2021 in jeopardy.

Six Invitational 2021 cancellation fears grow

The cancellation of the Six November Major doesn’t spell good news for the Six Invitational in 2021. With the biggest event on the calendar set for five months from now, it’s unlikely the global situation will change enough to accommodate it.

Ubisoft are also hesitant to run it in a bubble format ⁠— like the League of Legends 2020 World Championship.

“We would need to fly 16 teams from all over the world to a single location. Many borders are closed and a 14-day quarantine rule is in place for most countries. There is also the chance to [get sick] during transit. The risk is too high,” esports director Wei Yue said on Twitter after the November Major cancellation.

Ubisoft will reveal more information about the Six Invitational 2021 closer to its proposed date in February.

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How to upgrade Rainbow Six to next-gen PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles

Published: 26/Nov/2020 2:01 Updated: 26/Nov/2020 2:12

by Andrew Amos

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Rainbow Six: Siege is hitting the next-gen PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles on December 1. If you’re looking to make the jump, here’s exactly what you need to do to upgrade. The best part is, it’s totally free.

Every title is trying to make the jump to the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X and S consoles. The next generation is here ⁠— just in time for Christmas ⁠— and while grabbing some new games is always high on the list, old favorites shouldn’t be left behind.

If you’ve picked up a copy of Rainbow Six: Siege for the PS4 or Xbox One, you’ll be able to make the jump to the next-gen consoles on December 1. Here’s how you can upgrade.

Rainbow Six Siege Neon Dawn
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Get ready to jump into Siege on the PS5 and Xbox Series X, starting December 1.

How to upgrade Rainbow Six Siege to PS5 and Xbox Series X|S

If you own a copy of Rainbow Six on PS4 or Xbox One, you can upgrade to the PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles for free ⁠— providing that you upgrade to a console in the same family.

That means the upgrade won’t work if you go from the Xbox One to PS5, or the PS4 to the Xbox Series X. Also, if you own a physical version of Rainbow Six, you won’t be able to transfer to discless consoles.

From there, it’s as simple as linking your console to Ubisoft Connect, downloading the game again, and jumping right into the action. Here’s a full step by step list of what you need to do.

  1. Link your Ubisoft Connect account to your Xbox or PlayStation account here.
  2. Log onto your console and download Rainbow Six Siege (or insert your physical disc).
  3. Launch the game.
Operation Neon Dawn header for Rainbow Six Siege
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The launch of Rainbow Six on next-gen consoles on December 1 will likely align with the release of Operation Neon Dawn.

Rainbow Six cross-play and cross-progression confirmed

Once you upgrade your console, you won’t have to start from scratch. Ubisoft have confirmed that Rainbow Six will not only have cross-progression, but also cross-play between console generations.

You’ll keep all your progress, including Operators, in-game items, stats, and more, and you’ll also be able to play with friends if they don’t make the jump to next-gen just yet.

However, cross-play and cross-progression won’t be coming to PC in the near future. While Ubisoft aims on implementing it for the PS5 and Xbox Series X down the line, they will not be available on launch.