Ubisoft has announced its plan for the future of Rainbow Six Siege, including new details on Year 6 and Crimson Heist.
The continuous support and additions will continue in Year 6 and onward. Ubisoft says that “core gameplay changes” are coming throughout the year. You can also expect new tools to encourage positive behavior and quality of life improvements.
Year 5 Recap
During Year 5, Rainbow Six Siege released core updates such as Match Replay, sight color customization, six Operators, and a completely reworked Tachanka. Players got in on Operation Neon Dawn, Operation Steel Wave, and more. Ubisoft’s long-term commitment to offer an ever more tactical, fair, and stable experience to all players continues in Year 6.
Year 6 Roadmap
Crimson Heist, the first season of Year 6, brings the Argentinian attacker Flores and the rework of the map Border. This season will be available tomorrow on the PC Test Server. Season 2 will introduce an Operator from the Nakoda Nations and a rework of the map Favela. Season 3’s Operators will come from Croatia. During season 3, three maps will also be slightly reworked. To conclude, the last Operator of the year will be from Ireland, and the reworked map will be Outback.
Year 6, Season 1: Crimson Heist
In Crimson Heist, players will discover a brand-new attacker: Flores. Equipped with an original gadget called the RCE – Ratero Charge, Flores can deploy a remote-controlled explosive device at his feet and drive it through the map during a limited period of time. At the end of the timer (or earlier if Flores chooses to), the device will arm itself, become bulletproof, and start a short fuze timer, at the end of which it detonates in a powerful explosion. Flores is armed with an AR33 or a SR-25 as a primary weapon and a GSH-18 as a secondary weapon.
In addition to this new operator, players will have access to a reimagined Border map, which has been newly reworked with interior balcony connecting East staircase to Break room. The bathroom has also been extended to be connected to the Tellers. Players will play in a new challenging environment with some entry blocked, a reduced number of destructible walls and an additional outside staircase.
With this new season comes a new secondary gadget, “Gonne-6.” This new weapon will do little damage to soft walls and Operators. Boomstick should fight the torments of the “20-second meta” and the defense favored meta present in Year 5. Additional updates presented in the Future of Siege will be implemented in Crimson Heist Test Server to get feedback from players, including Match Replay Beta and Streamer Mode.
A first version of the Reputation System has been shadow tested in the past new season, running in the background but not visible for players. The goal of this tool is to encourage positive behavior within the game, rewarding players with a positive impact with in-game content. It also punishes toxicity, limiting access to ranked playlists, for instance. This tool will be transparent for players in order to inform them how to increase their scores and adapt their behavior. This tool will launch during Year 6.
As they are an essential part of the community, a streamer mode has been designed for content creators to control their anonymity when playing. This tool will allow them to hide their name, region and ping, hide everyone else in the match, include a hidden matchmaking delay, hide their current clearance level and profile image. A first version of this tool will be available in the Crimson Heist Test Server.
Core Gameplay Updates
A new secondary weapon is coming to Rainbow Six Siege: the Gonne-6. This one-bullet secondary weapon can destroy any bulletproof gadget and adds an extra loadout option to players, opening new tactical possibilities. The first version of the Gonne-6 will be available in the Crimson Heist test server for operators Glaz, Dokkaebi, Lion, Finka, Gridlock, Amaru, Iana, and Zero.
Players will now be able to control cameras and gadgets after their death. This change has been made to intensify the support phase in a game and make sure players that are out can better help their team. This feature is planned to release later in Year 6.
To balance Attack and Defense, the Attackers will now have the possibility to change their Operators and loadout as many times as they want in the preparation phase, making scouting even more tactical and offering many new tactical possibilities. This feature is planned to release later in Year 6.
Quality of Life
In addition, quality of life improvements are planned during Year 6. DDoS attacks, already down by 90% this year, will still be a major focus to improve players’ experience. The technical team is working closely with our partner Microsoft Azure to keep reducing matchmaking time and to improve servers’ stability. Lastly, the development team is making a strong effort to reduce the game size in general. This is an ongoing effort already running and that will be more and more visible for players this whole year.
In Year 6, players will now have more customization options for their Operators. Players are able to adapt elite skins and add other gears in the outfit for a fully customized set.
Last but not least, Ubisoft announced a partnership with Capcom and its Resident Evil survival horror franchise. An elite skin of Resident Evil series veteran Jill Valentine will be available for Zofia, with an additional Resident Evil x Rainbow Six Siege skin coming in Year 6. Ubisoft has also partnered with Creative Director Ikumi Nakamura for the release of a series of skins, starting with Echo and Dokkaebi releasing on March 2.