Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege soon receives its Operation Steel Wave update, our second milestone expansion for Year 5, headlined by new Operators Ace and Melusi. Ubisoft’s latest seasonal refresh looks set for release next week, featuring new hard-breaching and trap gadgetry, a map rework, and an extensive list of balancing amendments. But it’s not a Rainbow Six Siege season without leaks, now providing a deeper dive into the remainder of 2020.
Ubisoft has already outlined the foundations of Year 5, broken into two further seasons, likely gunning for September and December availability. Each update will feature just one playable Operator, as Ubisoft shifts sources toward broader gameplay features, coupled with new multiplayer maps. The first looks to be a Splinter Cell tie-in, with recent references to the signature Echelon unit.
Current details surrounding Year 5 sit with infamous leakster Kormora, exhibiting an established track record over recent seasons. The ResetEra user has claimed Season 3 will feature a “crossover with a well known Ubi franchise,” including an Operator utilizing a “drilled camera that sees through walls.”
We also receive an early look at Aruni, the presumed Thai Operator scheduled for Year 5 Season 4, likely targeting a release this holiday. The video thumbnail features an image of the post-game victory screen, providing our only sharp look at the Operator in-game.
The footage takes place on the new Chalet rework, currently targeting availability later this summer with the Year 5 Season 3 debut. The refreshed map includes a new visual palette, with adjustments to map flow to eliminate prior chokepoints. Reddit users /u/PapaCapinya rounded up the main developments, including a roof now accessible to attackers, a new staircase from Trophy to the floor above, and shakeups to the various exterior balconies.
Take all new details lightly around any unconfirmed content, as plans can and will change before release. However, the video provides an insight in what’s next headed to Rainbow Six Siege, including an anticipated crossover and two creative gadgets. Expect additional details surrounding Year 5 Season 3 over the coming months, following the release of Operation Steel Wave.
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