Rainbow Six Extraction: Release date, platforms, crossplay, Xbox Game Pass, & more

Andrew Highton
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Ubisoft’s newest Rainbow Six tactical shooter aims to add a horror twist to the successful Siege formula. This is all the information known about Rainbow Six Extraction, including its release date, whether it’s on Game Pass, and its crossplay status.

The Rainbow Six division of Ubisoft has proven to be very successful since the game’s first entry in 1998. The franchise built up a great following during the early 2000s and gained serious traction with the R6 Vegas games. The series recently hit new heights thanks to the unbelievable success of Rainbow Six Siege too.

But whilst Siege continues to grow from strength to strength, Ubisoft is also making another game in the franchise – Extraction. Focusing less on human threats, Rainbow Six Extraction is favoring infected, less humanlike foes.

We’ve put together a handy guide that contains all the important information about Rainbow Six Extraction so far and what we can expect.

Rainbow Six Extraction release date

infested area in rainbow six extraction

Rainbow Six Extraction will release on Thursday, January 20, 2022, and will allow you to use the Buddy Pass to allow your friends to play with you for free.

Rainbow Six Extraction owners can invite two friends to join them in Rainbow Six Extraction to play up to 14 days together for free.

Rainbow Six Extraction platforms

Rainbow Six Extraction gameplay

The release of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S means for the first year or so people will be wondering which platforms a game will appear on.

Unless you’re exclusively a Nintendo Switch owner, then it will be music to your ears that Rainbow Six Siege will be available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Stadia, and PC.

Does Rainbow Six Extraction have crossplay?

Rainbow Six Extraction will include full crossplay across all platforms, so you don’t need to worry about which system your friends are on.

Also, the Buddy System is crossplay too, so your friends on other platforms can play with you even if they don’t own the game.

Is Rainbow Six Extraction on Xbox Game Pass?

Rainbow Six Extraction Xbox Game Pass

Yes, Rainbow Six Extraction will arrive on Xbox Game Pass on Day One. Xbox and PC players who own the Game Pass will be able to play the game at launch, at no extra cost.

Rainbow Six Siege is also available on Xbox Game Pass, so feel free to try out both Rainbow Six games.

Rainbow Six Extraction gameplay

destroying a wall in rainbow six extraction

Whereas, Extraction aims to shake up the Rainbow Six Siege formula by having teams comprised of three Operators work together to take down waves of infected enemies in full-on PVE action.

The Ubisoft Forward event during E3 2021 brought a deep dive trailer that showed the community a great deal of what they can expect when they play Rainbow Six Extraction.

You can check out the official gameplay reveal for Rainbow Six Extraction below:

It’s also been confirmed that Rainbow Six Extraction will have at least 18 Operators, similar to the system used in Rainbow Six Siege, and they will have their own abilities as well.

The official Rainbow Six Extraction website lists 12 ones that we know of and keeps the other six a secret for now.

Rainbow Six Extraction trailers

The first glimpse at the game that fans and would-be players got to see was a brief teaser trailer back in 2019 – when the game was still called Quarantine.

You can check it out in its entirety here.

The public got its first official look at Rainbow Six Extraction with the release of the game’s reveal trailer during E3 2021.

You can check it out below.

And to really get the juices flowing, Sony’s PlayStation Showcase 2021 also had a hot 2-minute video showing off more of the game.

Here’s the trailer from PlayStation Showcase 2021.

On November 11, we got the released date announcement trailer, revealing some new gameplay of the shooter.

There’s still plenty of time between now and Rainbow Six Extraction’s release date, so as Ubisoft release more details about the shooter, we’ll keep you in the loop.

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