Breach charges at the ready: Rainbow Six Siege is about to go into its third season of Year 3, promising two exciting new Operators, a new(ish) map, and further improvements to the way Ubisoft is tackling player toxicity.
The highlight of any new season is its Operators and Grim Sky is no exception. By now existing fans may think they know the drill but this latest roster update throws an intriguing little curveball.
This is the first time Ubisoft has drafted in two new Operators from different countries – the shield-wielding Clash (United Kingdom) and the lone wolf Maverick (U.S.A).
The way both of these newcomers are outfitted defies what we have come to expect from Attackers and Defenders.
Up until now, shields have been exclusive to the attacking team – Operators such as Montagne, Blitz, and Fuze. Therefore, having Clash in your team lineup presents a whole new tactical spectrum.
Rainbow Six Siege – Grim Sky Update – New Operators and Hereford Base Map Rework
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The full body shield give her an impenetrable forward defence with some decent flank cover. What separates her from the hulking Montagne is her ability to electrify that shield, slowing nearby targets and dealing damage over time.
Having such defensive capabilities allows her to roam effectively and relay information to her teammates without putting herself in the firing line. That said, shes unable to perform melee attacks, thereby bringing some balance to her kit.
As his codename implies, Maverick is just as unconventional. Being able to modify defensive placements and reinforced walls, creating murder holes, is typically a luxury afforded to the defending team.
However, by whipping out his blowtorch, Maverick is able to do the same, burning through most surfaces.
His killer edge is just how subtly he can do this, the torch making next to little noise at all, silently puncturing holes in the enemy defences. Like Clash, he kicks open the door to a new dimension of tactical opportunities.
Since launch, Ubisoft has continued to roll out new maps for Siege, usually accompanying every live season.
Again, Grim Sky is different. Instead of wheeling out a new battleground for competitors, the team has gone back and reworked Hereford Base, home of the S.A.S and the first map created for Siege.
This isnt a simple change in visuals. Hereford has been completely torn down then rebuilt based on the gameplay feedback Ubisoft has been receiving since Siege released in 2015.
Given the number of new Operators since then – each with gameplay altering gadgets – it makes sense, really. Unlike the original version, this rework has a bit more character – abandoned, forgotten, and overgrown.
Its one thing to expand a game with fresh content but Ubisoft is constantly refining the Siege experience as a whole.
Rainbow Six Siege's new Operators – Maverick (left) and Clash (right)
The Hereford Base map is also getting a rework
Other updates include a Consulate map buff to reduce spawn kills and, more importantly, further measures to combat player toxicity.
Its continued to be a problem since day one and, in truth, theres only so much Ubi can do to dissuade shitty behaviour.
Theres no way to prevent toxic players from using slurs or being otherwise abusive towards others.
To crackdown weve already seen Siege roll out the ban hammer, bringing it down firmly on those flagrantly using hate speech.
During season three, Ubisoft will also add a two-step authentication system for ranked play as well as an in-game option to mute player text.
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Esports is another huge focus for the team.
In fact, were writing this live from the Paris Major 2018 – Europes largest esports tournament.
The worlds fiercest team fighting for an impressive prize pool of $350,000.
Helping to support Sieges esports scene is a series of in-game cosmetics players can purchase to rep their favourite teams.
As a bonus, 30% of sales revenue will go directly to these teams, a further 10% being added to the Rainbow Six Invitational 2019.
Almost three years on, its easy to forget Sieges rocky launch, especially now that the tactical team-based shooter is continuing to take huge strides year after year.