Rainbow Six Siege Year 5: What to expect in 2020

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Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege has concluded its fourth rotation of annual updates, continuing to scale the thriving tactical shooter with free content. It’s among Ubisoft’s greatest success stories of the decade, recently surpassing 50 million lifetime players, continuing plans for 10-year support. Year 5 is expected to support that growth further, diversifying gameplay, and taking its competitive roots to new heights.

Here’s everything we know about Ubisoft’s Rainbow Six Siege Year 5 plans.

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Ubisoft’s hit shooter is hotter than ever, touting tense tactical gameplay, and regular free updates. Entering 2020 with millions of players, Rainbow Six isn’t slowing down.

Rainbow Six Siege Year 5 reveal and release date

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Rainbow Six Siege returns with Year 5, kicking off with the Six Invitational 2020 in Montreal.Source: Ubisoft

Much of Rainbow Six Siege Year 5 remains under wraps, expected to make its first formal appearance in February at the Six Invitational 2020. The Montreal-based event serves as the blockbuster homecoming for Ubisoft’s shooter, host to its most massive Rainbow Six Pro League final, and yearly content plans. The Year 5 roadmap and Season 1 are likely to feature, with dedicated panels on February 16, 2020.

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However, with Rainbow Six Siege seasons consistently spaced across three-month intervals, it provides a general arrival estimate for each update in 2020.

  • Rainbow Six Siege Year 5 Season 1 – March 2020
  • Rainbow Six Siege Year 5 Season 2 – June 2020
  • Rainbow Six Siege Year 5 Season 3 – September 2020
  • Rainbow Six Siege Year 5 Season 4 – December 2020

While Year 5 Season 1 will receive a dedicated reveal at the Six Invitational, Ubisoft rarely confirms concrete release dates until just one day before deployment.

Rainbow Six Siege Year 5 roadmap

Rainbow Six Siege Year 5 Pass Leak

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Rainbow Six Siege Year 5 is expected to maintain Ubisoft’s established seasonal template, delivering tri-monthly updates comprised of new playable Operators, multiplayer maps, among other gameplay changes. Its content roadmap is set to predate Year 5 Season 1, providing a brief overview of its annual content plans, including Operator countries and locales.

However, Rainbow Six Siege Year 5 will only feature six new Operators, according to credible leaks via in-game files. If correct, Ubisoft will diverge from its typical annual roadmaps, meaning fewer new abilities hit the field throughout. While disappointing to many, expect further clarification alongside the launch of the Year 5 Pass.

Ubisoft is yet to unveil planned counterterrorism units (CTUs) for Year 5, likely holding details for its full roadmap unveiling. However, many regions across the globe remain undiscovered, including Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, South Asia, and South Africa.

As Ubisoft concludes its second Battle Pass, under the “Road to S.I. 2020,” expect further details on the future of Rainbow Six. While former annual passes launched in late December, the Year 5 Pass also remains absent in early 2020.

Rainbow Six Siege Year 5 Operators

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It appears Rainbow Six Siege Y5S1 will introduce two new Operators, codenamed “Quarterback” and “Rekall.”Source: Ubisoft

Rainbow Six Siege Year 5 is expected to expand the playable Operator roster and inject new abilities into the game’s ever-shifting meta. Expect six fresh personas with distinct gameplay influences, accompanied by deep backstories as Ubisoft expands supporting lore. And assuming a return of Year 5 Pass, the optional premium membership will grant seven-day early access to all Operators, later available via Renown or R6 Credits.

With Ubisoft tight on plans for Year 5 Season 1 and beyond, it appears an unveiling is scheduled for the Six Invitational. The next milestone expansion has also skirted significant leaks so far, in contrast to Year 4, which regularly saw full seasonal plans surfacing months before release.

Rainbow Six Siege Year 5 Operator Teaser

Featured in Ubisoft’s “Game Celebration Trailer,” could this mysterious figure be our first Year 5 Operator teaser?Source: Ubisoft

We understand Ubisoft plans to release two new Operators under Year 5 Season 1, currently codenamed “Quarterback” and “Rekall” internally. While midway through development, the character codenames loosely reflect their planned abilities, expanding both attacking and defending teams.

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Just wait until he comes knocking at your door.Source: Kraft Heinz
Following accurate leaks throughout Year 4, reputable ResetEra user “Kormora” adds further context, with alleged details on the upcoming Year 5 Season 1 update. The leak references Kool-Aid commercials from the tail end of the last century, famed by the drink’s “Kool-Aid Man” mascot, bursting through walls. It alludes to an Operator with similar capabilities, potentially allowing the user to charge through soft walls. While it’s unclear how Ubisoft would implement such an ability, a stun or kickback like Nomad’s Airjab may provide additional utility.

The leak also details plans for two Operators capable of drone-based medical support, and dual-wielding weapons. Kormora was unable to confirm these Operators progressed beyond early concepts, but it provides a glimpse of ideas shared at the studio.

Rainbow Six Siege Year 5 weapons leaked

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Year 5 Season 1 plans to introduce a new attacker wielding the G36C and ARX200 rifles.Source: Ubisoft

While our predictions for Year 5 Season 1 gadgetry rides on unofficial sources, details on firearms come directly from Ubisoft. With the release of Operation Shifting Tides, Ubisoft opened the Test Server (TS) environment on PC ahead of a public launch. But it introduced an unfortunate slip-up, based on a work-in-progress build featuring full Year 5 Season 1 Operator weapon loadouts.

Opening select single-weapon cosmetic skins on the TS game menu outlined the usual compatible Operators, alongside placeholders for upcoming recruits. “Y5S1 ATK” or “Y5S1 DEF” icons featured prominently, with further digging detailing the full planned loadouts, as of late 2019. However, it’s worth highlighting both represent pre-release designs and could evolve before the reveal.

The leak indicates Year 5 Season 1 will once again recycle weaponry, as Ubisoft tackles various gameplay and legal hurdles for new additions. That debuts an attacker with the G36C and ARX200, two existing assault rifles from Ash and Nomad, accompanied by the MK1 9mm pistol. The MP5 and SPAS-12 will feature on defense with the USP40 semi-automatic pistol and Bailiff 410 revolver.

Year 5 lies on the horizon

Rainbow Six Siege Year 5 remains in initial stages, with more expected during the early months of 2020. However, with an upcoming Six Invitational 2020 and talk of Year 5 Season 1, a ton lies ahead for Ubisoft’s hit shooter.

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