Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege - Year 4 Updates & Roadmap Breakdown

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege - Year 4 Updates & Roadmap Breakdown

Rainbow six siege year 4 updates

The Six Invitational always brings tons of game changes and information regarding what each of us will be experiencing the rest of the year. We'll breakdown each and every detail including Ubisoft’s Year 4 plan to shape the fourth year of Rainbow Six Siege. Read on to know everything that's coming forth this year of Rainbow Six Siege.

New Operators & Roadmap

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We'll be seeing eight new operators (2 per season) as they join team Rainbow. The first two, from Australia, will be Gridlock and Mozzie from the SASR. Following that, the second season will bring an operator from the USA's Secret Services along with a female operator from Denmark. Operators from Mexico and Peru will team up in the third quarter, and the year will end introducing a pair from Kenya and India, right before we hit the Invitational in February next year.

Newcomer Playlist

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In order to bring a completely positive experience to the new players, the Rainbow Six Siege team is releasing a new Newcomer playlist and offering updates to the Casual playlist.

First off, a new multiplayer playlist for players under level 50, called the Newcomer playlist, to help them learn the basics of Rainbow Six Siege. They will play the Bomb mode of classic maps most representative of the game’s core gameplay, namely Chalet, Bank, and Consulate. Attackers will vote for a team spawn point while on the Defenders' side, the bomb sites will be automatically pre-selected by the game. 

The Casual playlist will now improve the flow between the Newcomer and Ranked playlists. There are three key updates. First, the Defenders will know which bomb sites are selected before choosing their Operator. Second, the Attackers will now choose their individual spawn points. Third, the Action phase now lasts 3:30, allowing for an intermediary step between Newcomer and Ranked. 

Finally, in order to stabilize the Ranked gameplay experience, the required minimum level has been raised to 30. This is meant to encourage beginners to take their time and learn the game before engaging in Ranked play.

Venues for the Esports

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Kicking off with the Pro League Season 9, the Finals will be hosted in Milan, Italy and Season 10, first time ever, will be held in Asia as the Pro League Season 10 Finals.

Preceded by an iBuyPower event and DreamHack Valencia, this years' Six Major will be held in the USA, the exact location of which will be announced by Ubisoft in the future. It will be followed by DreamHack Montreal and, the OGA Pit Series in December in Split, Croatia, just after the Season 10 Finals.

The topic which interests the most is the introduction of the Pro League event to the APAC region. As announced by Ubisoft, Pro league will be coming to APAC later this year and as more eastern countries like India and Morocco being introduced, it may be possible that we'll be seeing the Pro league getting inducted in these countries too.

The Four Pillers of the game

An extremely relieving change to all the players, which was long awaited, Ubisoft will be switching to dedicated cells to target four pillars to push the game even further forward.
Three of the four cells are the Mid-Season Event, Player Behaviour, and Playlist cells. The remaining one, the Operators Balancing cell, is going to be extremely important in maintaining the esports meta in a good place every season. As the name suggests, this team will have possibly the biggest influence on keeping the state of Siege as an esport balanced and prevent any further issues that were created with operators, as we saw with Lion, Ela, or Blackbeard.

The deployable shield is getting a rework too. Instead of the current style, there will be small Mira-like but non-ejectable slits in the shield to help defenders to peek up from behind them after gathering information on what is going on in front of them. Also, breach charges will now deploy much more quickly and deal lower damage to attackers and defenders as their destruction mechanics will get a retouch by the Dev team.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the crouch & lean spam has its first iteration of fix ready to be deployed. The head of a rapidly left-and-right leaning player will now move around much less than before. Crouch spam will also be fixed in the upcoming seasons.

Team Killing Toxicity

Team killing in Rainbow Six Siege has been one of the major toxicity concern for both the player and the teams. A dev team has always been working on to counter this issue so that the integrity of the game can be maintained.

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In a teaser during the R6 Universe panel, Brand Director Alexander Remy showcased a new mechanics regarding the team killing. Now, if a player tries to kill a teammate, he will land down getting a penalty in the form of self-damage, further doing of which will result in a ban from the match.

New Map & Map Reworks

Excluding Operation Burnt Horizon, each of the seasons will feature one map rework. That means Outback will be the only new map going to be introduced this year, following, the next three seasons will bring a freshly reworked map and not any new map. The announcement was made in the R6 Universe Dev panel during the invitational 2019 Grand finals.

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Kafe, Kanal, and Theme Park are the maps which will undergo the rework process and will be introduced in Season 2, 3, and 4 respectively. Brand Director Alexander Remy teased in the introductory video that Ubisoft will be dedicating a team that will be "all about the maps and balancing the maps". The team's primary focus will be on the map’s layout, the core points, and indestructibility of items, walls, and floors.

Operator Reworks

Lion is going to be the major pick of operators whose rework was a crucial topic for almost every community member. Along with Lion, Glaz, Dokkaebi, Ying, Capitao, and other unannounced operators are also getting some improvement reworks.

Rainbow six siege lion rework

For Lion, moving while the EE-ONE-D  is active will no longer show an outline, and the drone will only be active for two seconds. As, for Glaz, he has become more of an angle-holding operator than an entry-fragger and so to counter this, the yellow highlights will now only appear when moving slowly or not at all.

Dokkaebi’s phone calls will end after eighteen seconds regardless if they are answered or not, defenders walking into Mute jammers will see the calls hang up,  and she will not be able to make calls in proximity to Mute jammers. The jammers will now also display a blue icon on the heads-up display when in range of them. Capitao, meanwhile, gets an area-of-effect boost but sees his asphyxiation bolts drop in damage. Players will experience the rework on Dokkaebi and Capitao in the latest TTS deployment.

Addition of Pick & Ban and Removing the Beta from Ranked

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Finally, Ubisoft is exiting the beta tag from the Ranked game mode by the end of the Year 4 season 2 and to indulge the game into a more competitive like aspect will be the addition of Pick & Ban to Ranked. However, nothing was said regarding reducing the maps to the ESL pool or quarantining Lion or so. For now, we wait for an announcement by Ubisoft on this.

Operation Burnt Horizon launches on TTS on 18th February. Stay tuned for more updates. Follow us on Facebook & Twitter for more insights.

Rainbow Six Siege is available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

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