Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege has vast changes planned throughout Year 5, reworking its approach to updates, and introducing anticipated features to the hit tactical shooter. With over 55 million players and preparations for next-generation consoles underway, Ubisoft prepares the grounds for over a decade of further post-launch support. And while Year 5 Season 2 sits a few months away, we already have a glimpse into plans for what’s next.
Rainbow Six Siege Year 5 Season 2 release date
While yet to release Rainbow Six Siege’s next seasonal update, Operation Void Edge, Ubisoft’s consistent annual scheduling provides an estimate of every planned 2020 update. For Year 5 Season 2, expect estimated early June availability on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
Year 5 Season 2 will be unveiled on May 17, 2020, alongside the Pro League Season XI Finals headed to San Paulo, Brazil. Assuming the usual three-week period of Test Server (TS) trials on PC, the update appears on track for a June 7, 2020 release date.
Rainbow Six Siege Year 5 Season 2 Operators
Ubisoft’s approach to Rainbow Six Siege post-launch content is set to undergo some sizeable shakeups throughout Year 5, amid an evolving long-term strategy for the future of the hit shooter. While retaining the signatures of former updates, it consolidates offerings to one Operator per season and instead investing in wider-reaching core gameplay features. With that shifting strategy underway, Year 5 Season 2 acts as the final update under the established template.
As outlined via Ubisoft’s Rainbow Six Siege Year 5 roadmap, the second update of 2020 features two new playable Operators of South African and Norwegian origin. Expect the usual diversity in male and female Operators and counterterrorism units, coupled with two unique abilities to rework the meta.
Ubisoft remains tight on Year 5 Season 2 recruits, although recent details on Operation Void Edge also outline future content. One reputable leak nailed the identities and equipment of Iana and Oryx weeks ahead of the reveal, accompanied by passing mention of Season 2 plans. And although worth taking lightly due to the nature of leaks, the source has already correctly reported upcoming nationalities, posing likely additions for the next update.
Year 5 Season 2’s defender will reportedly halt attackers, coupled with gadget-tagging similar to the Ping 2.0 system.Source: Ubisoft
The report, translated from Russian and shared by Reddit user /u/Maxinik03, provides a glimpse into both offensive and defensive plans for Year 5 Season 2, based on internal concepts from January 2020. The upcoming defender is supposedly nicknamed “Slowpoke,” referencing the plump, pink creature from the Pokemon series. Her discussed gadget slows players a similar rate to barbed wire, while also capable of marking enemy gadgets through cameras. It seemingly builds on the foundations established with the upcoming Ping 2.0 system, potentially on track for the same update.
We also receive early details on loadouts for both Operators, once again recycling existing firearms from the roster. The Slowpoke defender allegedly wields the T-5 SMG formerly used by Lesion, accompanied by the Super 90 shotgun used by Frost. The attacking partner may repurpose the AK-12 or Commando 552, although still undecided by Ubisoft, with the M1014 as a close-quarters backup.
For those with the upcoming Year 5 Pass or Uplay+ membership, both Operators will be available at no additional cost with the launch of the latest season. The recruits will later open to the public using Renown or R6 Credits, seven days after release.
Rainbow Six Siege House rework
Year 5 Season 2 also continues Ubisoft’s streak of extensive reworks, adapting existing Rainbow Six Siege locales with revised gameplay flow and visual palettes. With several well-received, reworked maps debuted throughout Year 4, the developer next has its sights on House.
First showcased during the game’s E3 2014 reveal, the map has emerged as one of the most iconic and beloved parts of the current roster. However, limited by its small footprint, among the notoriously broken maps, and excluded from Ranked play.
Ubisoft approaches the new House as a “casual” rework, explains Rainbow Six product directory, Roy Del Valle. The floorspace will significantly grow, further extending the rear of the complex, and now fully furnished for a fresh theme. That includes a new interior with an extra staircase, with major changes to workshop, master bedroom, and kitchen.
As with past Rainbow Six Siege updates, access to the new map will be free to all players regardless of owning the Year 5 Pass, and widely available on launch day.
In the meantime, Ubisoft prepares for its Year 5 kick-off with Operation Void Edge. That includes the addition of Iana and Oryx, two new playable Operators set to shake up gameplay in March, coupled with an Oregon map rework.
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