Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege players should expect more changes than ever over the course of its fourth year.
The roadmap recently revealed by Ubisoft gives a general idea of what to expect in the game’s fourth year of content. The last three seasons will similarly introduce two new operators each, with the roadmap confirming which countries each operator will hail from (U.S., Denmark, Peru, Mexico, Kenya, and India, going left to right in the image below). Additionally, players can expect three map reworks, one for each of the remaining seasons, which will focus on Kafe, Kanal, and Theme Park, in that order.
Players can also look forward to regular updates to player behavior systems, operator balancing, and new playlists throughout the year, all of which were detailed during a Six Invitational livestream. One of these changes will address the game’s ongoing issue of friendly fire. Currently, the developers are looking into implementing reverse friendly fire, causing any damage done to a teammate to ricochet back on the perpetrator, following an initial offense.
Regarding the operator rebalances, some more immediate changes are coming to the game, including nerfs to operators like Ash, Lesion, and Dokkaebi, but later in the first half of the year, the game will see reworks for Lion and Glaz. The former is getting nerfs to the effect and duration of his EE-ONE-D gadget, while the latter will see a movement limitation added to the heat vision scope of his primary weapon.
Other adjustments and additions players can expect throughout the game’s fourth year include a rework to deployable shields that makes them easier to deploy and possible to see through (thanks to small slits), a new playlist for newcomers, a permanent implementation of the pick-ban system in Ranked play (with the removal of Ranked play from beta), and much more. A comprehensive breakdown of Year 4’s changes, along with some visual examples, can be found in a recent post to Reddit.
Many of these changes are touched on in the game’s latest developer diary, found below.
The first handful of changes will launch alongside Siege‘s new Operation Burnt Horizon expansion, which is currently on the game’s test server.