UBISOFT’s popular tactical team-based shooter Rainbow Six: Siege is now into its sixth year of content, and with it comes a new operator and a new theme – Crimson Heist.
Hailing from Argentina, the new Attacker is named Flores and comes from a Robin Hood-esque background of stealing from the rich and corrupt and giving to the deserving.
For the purposes of Rainbow Six: Siege – Crimson Heist, he is armed with either an AR-33 or SR-25 rifle as primary weapon and a GSH-18 handgun as secondary.
Like any good heist impresario, Flores comes with a nifty gadget too – in this case, the RCE (Remote Controlled Explosive). Essentially a radio-controlled vehicle with explosives on it, when deployed the RCE keeps moving forward (although it can be steered, obviously) until the timer runs out or Flores activates the switch, at which point the explosive arms itself, becomes bulletproof, and (after a short countdown) explodes.
As part of the new additions for the season, a new secondary gadget is available to all operators – the Gonne-6, a single-shot (as in, you can only carry one round of ammunition for it, so make it count) weapon which can destroy any bulletproof gadget.
According to Ubisoft’s announcement “The Gonne-6 has been designed to help balance defence favoured and ‘20 second meta’ game present in the Year 5.”
Historically (and you knew this was coming, didn’t you? Yeah, you did), a “Gonne” was another name for a medieval hand-held cannon of sorts, but it still seems relatively apt here given we’re talking about a single-shot hand-held weapon of large calibre; basically a modern version of the original concept.
Coming back to 2021, Ubisoft have said some of the changes and tweaks in Crimson Heist will included reimagining the popular map Border. Per the announcement, the map “has been newly reworked with interior balcony connecting East staircase to Break room. The bathroom has also been extended to be connected to the Tellers. Players can expect a new challenging environment with some entry blocked, a reduced number of destructible walls and an additional outside staircase.”
The developers are also planning a few other changes to the game in future which will be implemented in the test server to gauge feedback; of particular interest is a Streamer Mode (which hides key details from the screen to avoid people ‘stream sniping’ the player), as well as a Match Replay beta function so players can analyse their plays and performances for feedback (or laughs, if you’re terrible at FPS games like I am).
Ubisoft also recently held a “Future of Siege” showcase, and the remainder of this story is taken directly from their official press release, since it explains it all pretty well so there’s no need for me to rewrite it:
Year 6 Roadmap
Crimson Heist, the first season of the Year 6, will bring the Argentinian attacker Flores and the rework of the map Border. This season will be available tomorrow on the PC Test Server. Season 2 will introduce an Operator from the Nakoda Nations and a rework of the map Favela. Season 3’s Operator will come from Croatia, and 3 maps will be slightly reworked. To conclude, the last Operator of the year will be from Ireland, and the reworked map will be Outback.
A first version of the Reputation System has been shadow tested in the past new season, running in the background but not visible for players. The goal of this tool is to encourage positive behaviour within the game by rewarding players with a positive impact on the game with in-game content, while punishing toxicity by limiting access to ranked playlist, for instance. This tool will be transparent for players in order to inform them how to increase their scores and adapt their behaviour. This tool will launch during Year 6.
As they are an essential part of the community, a streamer mode has been designed for content creators to control their anonymity when playing. This tool will allow them to hide their name, region and ping, hide everyone else in the match, including a hidden matchmaking delay, hide their current clearance level and profile image. A first version of this tool will be available in the Crimson Heist Test Server.
Core Gameplay Updates
A new secondary weapon is coming to Rainbow Six Siege – the Gonne-6. This one-bullet secondary weapon can destroy any bulletproof gadget and adds an extra loadout option to players, opening the way for new tactical possibilities. The first version of the Gonne-6 will be available in the Crimson Heist test server for operators Glaz, Dokkaebi, Lion, Finka, Gridlock, Amaru, Iana and Zero.
Players will now be able to control cameras and gadgets after their death. This change has been made to intensify the support phase in a game, and ensure the players that are eliminated can continue to help their team. This feature is planned to release later in Year 6.
To balance Attack and Defence, the Attackers will now have the possibility to change their Operators and loadout as many times as they want in the preparation phase, making scouting even more essential and offering many new tactical possibilities. This feature is planned to release later in Year 6.
To conclude the gameplay updates, Armour will now be switched to Health, to assist players in understanding on how much damage they are able to take. This feature is planned for Year 6.
Quality Of Life
In addition, quality of life improvements are planned during Year 6: DDoS attacks, already down by 90% this year, will still be a major focus to improve players’ experience. The technical team is working closely with our partner Microsoft Azure to keep reducing matchmaking time and to improve servers’ stability. Lastly, the development team is making a strong effort to reduce the game size in general. This is an ongoing effort already running and will be more visible for players this year.
In Year 6, players will now have more customisation options for their Operators: players will be able to adapt Elite skins and add in other gear to the outfit for a full customised set.
Last but not least, Ubisoft announced a partnership with Capcom and its survival horror franchise Resident Evil. An Elite skin of Resident Evil series veteran Jill Valentine will be available for Zofia, with an additional Resident Evil x Rainbow Six Siege skin coming in Year 6. Ubisoft has also partnered with Creative Director Ikumi Nakamura for a series of skins, starting with Echo and Dokkaebi releasing on March 2nd.
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