New Rainbow Six Siege Test Server Patch Removes “Hidden” Mechanics

Nearing the end of the season, Rainbow Six Siege Operation Neon Dawn will make one more round of balancing changes. A new update to the test server tweaks the gadgets and loadouts of ten operators. The patch also contains an adjustment to the ranked match cancellation feature and fixes for a couple dozen bugs and issues.

Patch 4.3 for Rainbow Six Siege is live now on the test server on PC. As with all test server updates, the changes are for testing purposes and they may not end up in the live build of the game.

  • Reduced Breaching Round explosive damage range to 2 meters (from 3.5 meters)

According to the designer notes, this change will bring Ash’s “versatility more in line with other attackers.”

  • Increased shotgun’s total ammo to 30+1 (from 26)
  • Added Hard Breach Charge (Removed Claymore)

“Combined with his Stun Grenades, we expect the Hard Breach Charge to offer additional versatility and increase his presence in matches.”

  • Reduced Yokai drone jump cooldown to 2s (from 3s)
  • Reduced drone time-out failing to stick to the ceiling to 0.5s (from 2s)
  • Reduced Sonic Burst cooldown to 16s (from 20s)
  • Removed resistance to Concussion effects
  • Removed “extra” mine while in DBNO

Ubisoft says that the removal of “hidden” mechanics like this will “make the game easier to understand and learn for new players.”

  • Removed 1-shot-DNBO from CSRX300.
  • CSRX300 now has base damage of 122 for 25 meters.
  • 100% damage until 25 meters and linearly falls to 80% (97.6) at 35 meters
  • Damage to the limbs has not changed.

With these changes Ubisoft aims to make the CSRX300 a “normal weapon, increasing its base damage in the process. This means that damage will function the same as any other weapon against the armor and health of the target.”

  • 1 body shot will kill a 3-speed operator
  • 1 body shot will down a 2-speed operator
  • 1 body shot will damage a 1-speed operator
  • Removed 1.5x scope from the T-5 SMG

“Reducing his killing potential slightly, we want to make space for other Operators to find their footing in the roamer role, while also encouraging interesting roaming pairings to emerge,” writes Ubisoft.

  • Added Claymore (Removed Hard Breach Charge)

  • Removed Angled Grip from the MP5

In addition to this loadout change, Ubisoft notes that they also have plans to alter her Banshee gadget in the future.

  • Removed 1.5x scope from the Vector .45 ACP

  • Removed resistance to Concussion effects
  • Removed Withstand
  • Reduced impact grenade explosive damage range to 2m (was 3m)

Similar to Ela, the hidden mechanics for the Polish attacker have also been removed. Ubisoft believes that these changes will not affect her “power or presence”.

The patch also fixes an exploit which allows players to stop the other team from using the match cancellation feature. The window for cancelling a match has also been extended to allow disconnected players more time to rejoin the game.

Rainbow Six Siege test server patch 4.3 comes in at around 1.1 GB for Ubisoft Connect and 868 MB for Steam.


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