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During the Rainbow Six® Siege Community and Game Celebration held in Sydney, Australia, Ubisoft® announced its Year 6 roadmap for the online tactical shooter, which includes core gameplay changes, new tools to encourage positive player behaviour, quality of life improvements and unveiling new Operators and reworked maps.

Changing Seasons

During Season One of Year 6, players will be introduced to a new operator, the Argentinian Master Thief, Flores and a rework of the map “Border”. Season One is currently available on the PC Test Server and will see a full release in March 2021.

New operators will be introduced in the subsequent season. Season Two will see a new operator from the Nakoda Nations join the siege, while a new operator from Croatia will be made available in Season Three and finally the last operator will hail from Ireland.

As for reworks and updates to maps, “Favela” will be reworked in Season Two, three maps will receive slight tweaks in Season Three and a reworked “Outback” will be added in Season Four.

Season One is currently available on the PC Test Server and will be released sometime this month.

Mind the Attitude

Introduced and shadow tested in Season Five, the Reputation System will be launched during season 6. This tool was created and implemented to encourage positive behaviour within the game. Players with a positive impact within the game will be rewarded with in-game content, while those on the opposite end of the spectrum will be punished with limited access to ranked playlists and more.

The tool will be transparent for players in order to inform them how to increase their scores and adapt their behaviour.

Furthermore, a Streamer Mode will also be added to the game and the first version of this tool is available in the Crimson Heist Test Server. As streamers are an essential part of the community, this tool allows content creators to control their anonymity when playing by hiding their name, region and ping, current clearance level, profile image and also includes a hidden matchmaking delay.

Changing Tactics

Year 6 will also see a slew of Core Gameplay updates including a new secondary weapon - the Gonne-6, a one-bullet secondary weapon that can destroy any bulletproof gadget. The first version is available in the Crimson Heist test server for operators, Glaz, Dokkaebi, Lion, Finka, Gridlock, Amaru, Iana and Zero. 

One of the features that will be released later in Year 6 is the ability for players to control cameras and gadgets after they have been eliminated during a round. Now, players are able to continue to help their team and intensify the support phase in a game.

Another feature slated for a later released date will allow Attackers to change their loadout as many times as they want during the preparation phase. This makes scouting even more essential and offers new tactical possibilities.

Last but not least, to assist players in understanding how much damage they are able to take, Armour will be switched to Health.

Improved Quality

To ensure players will have the best experience, Ubisoft® plans to roll out various Quality of Life improvements to reduce DDoS attacks, reducing matchmaking time and to improve servers’ stability. Lastly, the team is working hard to reduce the game size in general.

Geared Up and Kitted Out

A slew of new customisation options for Operators. One of the updates will allow players to adapt Elite skins and add in other gear to the outfit for a fully customisable set.

Last but not least, Ubisoft® announced a partnership with Capcom® and its survival horror franchise, Resident Evil™. This means players will be able to outfit various operators with the iconic gear from the characters of the franchise. This partnership will see an Elite skin of Jill Valentine for Zofia, with additional Resident Evil x Rainbow Six Siege skin released throughout Year 6. Ubisoft has also partnered with Creative Director Ikumi Nakamura for a series of skins, starting with Echo and Dokkaebi, which are already available.