Operation Void Edge marks the next seasonal update headed to Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, spearheaded by a new duo of playable Operators, Iana and Oryx. From an interstellar technician to an enigmatic warrior, the season demonstrates two contrasting personas, even reflected in their contributions to gameplay.
Kickstarting Year 5 content plans, Void Edge marks a significant milestone for the tactical shooter. It drops amid continued growth beyond 55 million players, as Ubisoft transitions toward the next phase of its post-launch support. However, that equally follows a mixed bag of Operators throughout 2019, with many failing to provide a lasting impact on the meta.
But with two hours hands-on with Oryx and Iana, Ubisoft appears back on track for Year 5.
Meet Rainbow’s new master of deception, Iana
The illusive device provides our first formal drone alternative, capable of mirroring Iana’s slimline albino complexion in a controllable holographic form. The gadget looks and sounds like Iana in the flesh, assembling a 1:1 digital double, and controlled with the full mobility of the two-armor, two-speed Operator. While conceptualized for high-risk space exploration in lore, its repurposed military application creates a new variable for defenders to wrangle in Year 5.
Iana can summon her hologram as many times as desired throughout the round, with free rein to explore the map throughout a 15-second window. While unable to interact with the environment in the state, hampered by an inability to shoot or melee barricades, it provides a whole new approach to intelligence.
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But landing a single bullet on the projection will shatter its illusion, dissolving into static, and kicking Iana off the device until recharged. The digital makeup leaves it prone to Mute jammers and electrified surfaces. It also leaves a trail of giveaways across defender cameras, unable to be pinged, and unregistered by Maestro Evil Eye thermals.
Beyond her two-faced gadgetry, Iana packs the G36C and ARX200 primaries, providing two assault rifle flavors after a lengthy absence on the attack. Previously used by Ash and Nomad, the combination offers considerable fragging capability to hold ground in gunfights. It’s accompanied by the MK1 9mm pistol, formerly used by Buck and Frost.
There’s a clear opportunity for Iana in Rainbow Six Siege, building upon player uncertainty Alibi introduced with her Prisma technology. Only a handful of rounds saw me utilizing Iana to lure roamers into traps, or increasing pressure on anchors during an objective push. And while it’s hard to gauge an Operator’s long-term impact, I can’t wait to see her evolve in high-level play.
Oryx brings the big guns to roaming
Forgoing advanced gadgetry, Oryx is defined by his signature Remah Dash, delivering a high-impact boost with devasting results. Akin to the Kool-Aid Man commercials, one thrust will blow open soft walls, smashing wooden barricades, and taking down obstacles in his path. That aggression can also be targeted toward Operators, even throwing the most fortified shield Operators on their backs.
That upper-body strength transpires though his ancillary skills, flaunting hatch-climbing capabilities yet unseen in Rainbow Six Siege. A single button press enables him to effortlessly scale hatches in seconds, either quickly ascending to the next floor, or peeking at overhead action. While Amaru was the first hatch-climbing Operator, Oryx brings a more streamlined and flexible solution – that’s also a ton quieter too.
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Oryx bears weaponry to accompany that playstyle, with choice of the (ACOG-less) MP5 and SPAS-12 as primaries, accompanied by the USP40 semi-automatic pistol and Bailiff 410 revolver. That provides a kit adaptable to mid-range anti-personnel encounters or close-quarters buckshot to break hatches.
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Oryx distinguishes himself through his wall-charging tricks, but it’s clear how real value comes from hatch-climbing. Tested across several rounds on the newly-reworked Oregon, retaining its tiered floorplan linked by hatches, his abilities unlock rotation routes previously impossible before Void Edge. That level of mobility extends across a vast majority of the map pool, potentially helping him secure a regular presence on the roster moving forward.
Rainbow Six Siege Void Edge is scheduled to make its Test Server (TS) debut on PC from February 17, followed by three weeks of trials preluding a public release.