Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak Release Date, Operators News for new PS4, Xbox and PC Event

Ubisoft is soon set to release a big new update for Rainbow Six Siege, which was unveiled at the recent Rainbow Six Siege Invitational.

The new Outbreak update is going to add some major changes to the game, including a whole new limited-time mode that is effectively a 'zombies' mode for Ubisoft's popular shooter.

Though a lot of information has been released about the update, Ubisoft has not yet announced specifically what time we're likely to see the update launch.

Ubisoft has confirmed that Outbreak will be available for free to owners of Rainbow Six Siege, launching on March 6 and running until April 3 – but a more specific time than that has not been revealed.

“From swarming Grunts to burrowing Rooters, the Outbreak enemies will test your tried-and-true skills in a whole new way,” Ubisoft teases.

Outbreak comes with three missions included – Junkyard, Hospital, and Resort.

As for which Operators you can use, that we do, thankfully know.

Existing operators Smoke, Ash, Doc, Glaz, Kapkan, Tachanka, Buck, Ying, and Recruit will all be available. In addition, the two new operators, Lion and Finka, can also be used.

Rainbow Six Siege – Outbreak Mode and Operation Chimera News and Operators

In Operation Chimera, two new Operators join Team Rainbow to help contain a mysterious parasite infection that hit a small town in New Mexico. To safeguard the perimeter, Six selected the most qualified biohazard specialists in the world: Lion and Finka.

Rainbow Six Siege Update – What we know so far

The Outbreak update will introduce big new changes to both sides of the game: the PvP and the PvE.

Perhaps the biggest shake-up to the game will be the Outbreak event coming to the PvE portion of the title.

It'll add a whole new mode to the co-operative side of things – so far, we only have a Terrorist mode to play in co-op, but Outbreak will add a new zombie-themed survival mode into the mix.

This mode will only be available for a limited time, and it'll only be playable with select Operators (plus the default Recruit character).

It features three exclusive new maps that are more open than the standard PvP maps.

Currently it's available to play in the Rainbow Six Siege test server on PC while Ubisoft iron out any bugs ahead of launch.

This will be pulled on March 2, in preparation for the wider launch on March 6.

Rainbow Six Siege Operators Loadout

• Lion has an assault rifle version of the vector that fires slower. His gadget is a drone that pulses the map for movement and pings it. This can happen 3 times.

• Finka has an assault rifle called the Spear .30. Her gadget is nanobots that heal her and her teammates for 40 health. If you get overhealed, the buff lasts for 10 seconds.

Rainbow Six Siege Update – New Cosmetics

In addition to the new playable content Ubisoft will be adding to the title, there will also be a special event loot box that offers new cosmetics.

Apparently, up to 50 unique items can be obtained through these new Outbreak packs – but rest assured, none of them will have any impact on gameplay… they'll all be cosmetic only.

These new packs will set you back 300 R6 Credits, though a few rewards will be obtainable just by playing according to Ubisoft.

And by simply logging in during the event, you'll get four Outbreak packs for free. Among the included items are a new Elite uniform, universal weapon skins, headgear, charms, and more.

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Rainbow Six Siege Update – Operation Chimera

Though you came here to learn more about Oubreak mode, it's worth remembering that the larger more important update to the game, is Operation Chimera, and it promises to continue past simply being a one-off update – for a start, it seems Ubisoft is starting off a whole new narrative thread with this update.

Here's how the company officially describes the update:

Welcome to Year 3 of Rainbow Six Siege. Your continued support allows us to create new content and we’re thrilled to reveal what’s under the command tent. Push the flap aside and come on in. We’re starting the year with Operation Chimera and a new specialized CTU in the lineup.

Biological and chemical attacks are growing threats to Operators. Six created the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN) Threat Unit. CBRN is its own distinct CTU. The following two experts know what they’re doing and they’ll never turn their backs on a hotzone. These two new operators are joining the multiplayer roster and will also be playable in the limited time Outbreak event, along with other legacy operators.

One operator hails from France and uses a drone to maintain quarantine perimeters. Their service record is astounding, but their list of regrets seems endless.

The other operator moved to Russia to pursue their studies and they uncovered a range of applications for self-dissolving nanobots. All allies can benefit from the research carried out by this CBRN Specialist.

Stay tuned for more info about Outbreak Mode and Operation Chimera as we approach March 6th.

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