Rainbow Six Siege‘s Operation Velvet Shell update arrives today on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, bringing with it two new operators and a new map.
The first addition to the roster is Mira, a low speed, high armor defender who uses a charge to blow a hole in any destructible or reinforced surface, creating a one-way window to the other side that allows defenders to safely see what’s going on. There’s also the option to drop the window, allowing defenders to shoot through it. While the second operator, Jackal, is a medium speed, medium armor attacker who has the ability to see the footsteps of the enemy and scan them to reveal the location of the defender that they belong to for a short while.
As well as the two new operators and the Coastline map, the update also improves menu navigation to improve player comfort. Following the update, all player activities such as challenges, news, and boosters will all be available in one place.
A brief rundown of the other additions and improvements can be found below:
Personalized Play Button
In the newly designed menu system, you will notice that the primary button on your home screen menu is a little different. It will remember your last played option and will appear there. So for example, if you last played a Ranked match, clicking the play button will send you queuing into a Ranked match. If you want to change up to Terrorist Hunt or Casual, you can click the arrow to the right of the button or select the “Play” tab in order to get the other options.
We hope this change will make it even easier to get into the game of your preferred game mode.
Dynamic Challenge Display
In the new menu display, you will find a new way to track and manage your challenges. Your progression for each challenge will now be updated in this button. You will see several progression bars that will fill up when completing an action that counts towards that challenge. Clicking this button will pop out a panel that will display all of your current challenges.
Updated News Display
The news carousel has also been updated with a new look and more info. At the bottom of the menu you will see a familiar rotating carousel as before, but we now have the ability to share more info directly in your home screen when you click on that news item. Once selecting the item, it will open a panel on the right that will have detailed info.
New Rank Display
For the start of Year 2, we are changing a few things in the way that we display ranks. Firstly, the ranks in each tier will now go from four to one as you get closer to the next tier instead of one to four. For example, the lowest rank in the Gold tier will be Gold 4 and the highest will be Gold 1. The reason for the change is because we feel as though this is a more logical progression with regards to rankings, which normally are displayed in descending order.
Finally, Velvet Shell harmonizes the position of weapon sights in first-person to make each scope more comfortable and viable.
The full patch notes can be found here.
Yesterday, Ubisoft laid out its plans for Year 2 of Rainbow Six Siege, which will include new operators, maps, fixes, and a new loot system.