Following a slew of leaks and rumors, Ubisoft has officially released new details on the next major Rainbow Six Siege update. The Operation Steel Wave reveal introduces two new operators, Ace and Melusi, along with the highly anticipated House map. In addition, the developers have introduced a balancing tweak for Amaru, a new gadget, and some other quality of life changes. Although the Ubisoft team had plans to introduce the new ping and match replay systems this season, the recent COVID-19 outbreak forced them to reprioritize and not introduce these features during Operation Steel Wave. Ping and match replays will still release in Year 5.
Operation Steel Wave
Our Designer's Notes for Steel Wave are out now!
🚨 The new proximity alarms
🍾 Tweaks to concussion effects
🎣 Amaru improved breaching
📈 A closer look at Ying's Candelas
🔫 New sidearms for Kaid & Nomad
🧨 Kali's Lance fuse shortened
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R6 House Rework
The most anticipated addition to the game from Operation Steel Wave is the new “casual rework” for House. The map has received quite a few changes. The construction room is now a girl’s bedroom, complete with a walk-in closet. There are also two new rooms on the first and second floors, for a total of four added rooms. The outside of the map also received a refresh. R6 attackers will no longer be able to “plant and run” on the garage bomb site due to the introduction of a large gate in the driveway. One of the garage doors is now indestructible, and R6 defenders can now defend the site from above thanks to the introduction of a destructible ceiling.
Amaru is also receiving a rework, which many players are already referring to as a buff. Her Garra Hook will no longer break window barricades. The barricades will break when Amaru herself reaches the window, alerting defenders when it may be too late. Her hook can also be used on floor hatches now. However, these hatches will break from the use of the hook, notifying defenders of the incoming operator. Other operators receiving substantial reworks include Oryx, Finka, and Echo.
Shown in the R6 Steel Wave reveal, many operators will also be able to use a new gadget, the proximity alarm. This gadget will sound a loud alarm whenever an attacker is within range and the device has a line of sight. Castle, Caveira, Goyo, Rook, Wamai, Tachanka, Mira, Oryx, and Recruit will all receive the new gadget.
Ranked Changes to Siege
On top of the map and operator reworks, the Ubisoft team has also introduced some important quality of life changes. The most notable of these is the introduction of a unified MMR system. This means players will no longer be able to change their region in order to smurf in the ranked playlist. Because the leaderboards will now be calculated worldwide, it will be harder for players to reach the Champion rank. Players will also need to have at least 100 matches played in order to reach this rank. In order to combat smurfs and cheaters, players must now be level 50 to even start playing ranked matches thanks to R6 Operation Steel Wave.
The ranked playlist also gives players the option to cancel a match if certain conditions are met. Specifically, players can cancel if the number of players becomes uneven at the beginning of a match. The team with the disadvantage will have the ability to vote and cancel the match. Canceling a match will not affect any players MMR. After the #SaveSiege movement, Ubisoft’s announcement for these major changes is just what players needed. Fans can find out more info regarding Rainbow Six Siege Operation Steel Wave on Ubisoft’s website.
Written by Efren Hurtado