Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege Year 5 is fast approaching, scheduled for mid-February reveal, and bringing a wave of new free content to the hit multiplayer shooter. While the new year features the usual Operators, maps, and balancing changes, Ubisoft also teases an array of quality-of-life improvements – and anticipated “extensive reworks.” It suggests multiple Operator shakeups in the pipeline, refining the fundamentals of existing gadgetry in need of extra love.
No Operator is more deserving of that treatment than Tachanka, with the turret-wielding lord consistently among weakest picks since launch. Characterized by the mounted RP-46 light machinegun and his burly physique, a highly immobile playstyle misaligns with the state of Rainbow Six Siege today. And while Ubisoft hasn’t provided firm details on Tachanka’s rebirth, upcoming changes are almost an open secret in 2020.
While speculation of the Tachanka rework has circulated for years, the release of Operation Ember Rise brought the Operator back into the spotlight. While just as broken as before, Ubisoft updated his in-game biography with references to an imminent rework from Rainbow Six’s fictional R&D director, Mira.
“Tachanka doesn’t want anyone to “touch his toys” but he understands these evaluations are crucial for team operations,” states Tachanka’s latest bio. “The LMG has had so many modifications to it already – mostly by Senaviev – that it’s in a category of its own. We are in the process of testing a number of prototype options. In the meantime, I’ve attached a list of possible adjustments we can make to this LMG, if I can get Tachanka to let us make changes.”
What to expect from Tachanka’s rework
Tachanka’s mounted RP-46 light machinegun received a front-facing shield in late 2016, although still remains weak.Source: Ubisoft
Tachanka will supposedly ditch his LMG mount post-rework, carrying the RP-46 by hand instead. The approach would retain his signature pan-fed weapon from past iterations, coupled with improved mobility. That would fix one of the Operator’s current biggest struggles today, likely offering heavy firepower comparable to Maestro and his ALDA. A Pro League promotional clip from last year backs this claim, teasing an unmounted LMG.
The source also details an incendiary gadget, which should prove to be Tachanka’s most substantial shift from his former identity. Expanding his loadout with much-needed utility, he would join the growing lineup of blaze-bending Operators, Capitão and Goyo. It follows changes to fire propagation and visual effects in Operation Ember Rise, providing the foundations to explore more fire-based roles. While the exact implementation of the gadget is unclear, Ubisoft will assumedly retain a focus on firepower over a trap-based approach.
Tachanka rework release date
Tachanka could be joining Capitão and Goyo with a new incendiary gadget headed to Rainbow Six Siege.Source: Ubisoft
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