Here’s What’s New in Rainbow Six Siege Year 5 Season 1

R6S’s new season is finally upon us and there’s a lot to cover here. Let’s talk about maps first, Void Edge doesn’t bring any new maps with it but does rework a map, currently present in the ranked playlist, “Oregon”.

Coming to operators, we have two new additions Iana and Oryx, you can find out more here. There are changes to existing operators, we will list the most important ones below.

  • Castle’s M45 secondary weapon is replaced with Super Shorty, making him more viable in opening up the site.
  • Frost gets a Holo on her main gun this season.
  • Lesion get a considerable nerf, now players won’t be able to see his Gu mines pop off, reducing the amount of incoming intel.
  • Twitch’s F2 has increased recoil now and her drone gets 3 charges which recharge over the course of the round.

You can read the rest of the patch notes below.

MAP REWORK: OREGON

The map reworks keep coming, and with Operation Void Edge, Oregon gets its turn. With this one, big changes come in small packages, so you’ll have no trouble recognizing the map while you adapt to the balancing.

With an updated look, most areas are more open and structured, but there are also new points of access and rotation. Big Tower now also connects directly to Kitchen on the first floor thanks to the Kitchen Corridor, and a new area in the basement called Freezer leads to the first floor with the Freezer Stairs.

Other access point changes include the removal of the door between Kitchen and Bathroom Corridor (now called Security Corridor), as well as the one leading into Dining Hall from the outside, which is replaced by a connection between Dining Hall and Small Tower. Attic has also changed, opening into Dorm Main Hall with a doorway, but losing its ladder down to Meeting Hall.

All of this serves to make rotations easier and safer for both Attackers and Defenders. Stay alert though, as many more breakable walls have been introduced all over the map.

There are a few more things to take note of when learning the ins and outs of this new iteration, but most notably: the Tower bomb site has been replaced with the new Meeting Hall and Kitchen alternative.

Check out all these changes and more on the test server, and feel free to submit your feedback on R6 Fix.

PLAYER BEHAVIOR

OPTIONAL CROSS-CHAT

As part of our continuous efforts against in-game toxicity, we are introducing the ability to select more private chat channels for live games.

Chat will be set to ‘Team Only’ by default with this update, but players can select to see All or No Chat via their in-game settings (this option has no impact on the Custom Games).

Our data consistently shows that a very high percentage of Abusive Chat reports are from cross-chat. Currently, in Ranked, Unranked and Casual, close to 85% of reports for Abusive Chat are made against a player from the opposing team. Our aim is to make games a more welcoming experience, and return the focus of the in-game chat to strategic team-based communications.

ABANDON PENALTY ESCALATION FOR RANKED/UNRANKED

As we’ve seen improvements in connection and server stability, we’ll be re-activating the escalating abandon penalty for ranked and unranked.

BALANCING

RECRUIT REWORK

To improve the Rainbow Six Siege onboarding experience, we’re re-assigning Recruit on a mission to lead and guide our new players. In Y5S1, recruit will have pre-set loadouts for ATT and DEF instead of CTU based loadouts. This will help ease the learning process and make recruit an ideal pick for new players familiarizing themselves with Siege.

CASTLE

Removed M45 secondary weapon and replaced with Super Shorty

FROST

  • Holographic scope added to Frost’s C1

GOYO

  • Falling onto Goyo’s Volcan only causes it collapse, instead of explode and propagate fire.

IQ

  • When objectives such as Bombs or Biohazard containers are still hidden during the action phase, if IQ detects them with her gadget she will reveal their location to her entire team.

LESION

  • Gu mines visible to Lesion only when in direct LOS and within an 8 meter distance.
  • Removal of initial Gu mine damage tick.
  • Gu mine damage increased to 6 damage per tick (instead of 4).
  • DBNO players now immune to GU Mines. Being DBNO will still trigger them but the GU mines effect will not apply.

TWITCH

  • Twitch Drone: Twitch’s drone will now use a charge system similar to Yokai drones instead of a set ammo count. Drones will start with the maximum ammo count of 3 shots and it will take 30 seconds to recharge a new shot.
    • Drone will start a round with 3 shots (instead of 5)
    • It takes 30s to fully recharge a shot, with a maximum carrying capacity of 3 shots per drone.
    • Drone shot cooldown reduced to 1s (from 2s)
    • Drone taser damage reduced to 1 hp (down from 10). Evil Eyes and Jager’s ADS gadget health also reduced to 1 hp.
  • Increased recoil for Twitch’s F2

WARDEN

Warden’s Smart Glasses will now run on a charge system and can be activated long as there is more than 20% left of his charge left. Activation lasts 10 seconds and needs 10 seconds for a full recharge.

  • Cooldown removed on Warden’s use of his gadget.
  • Warden can now control usage time and deactivate it manually, with a maximum activation time of 10 seconds.
  • His ability recharges at the same speed than it depletes. When fully depleted, it takes 10 seconds for it to be completely recharged

DMRS

  • Increased destruction for DMRs for faster destruction of barricades, hatches, and soft surfaces.

VECTOR .45

  • Vector damage increased to 23 (from 21)

LOADOUT CHANGES

  • Dokkaebi: Stun Grenades replacing Frag. Grenades
  • Maverick: Frag Grenades replacing Stun Grenades
  • Nokk: Frag Grenades replacing Claymore
  • Ying: Frag Grenades replacing Claymore
  • Compensator removed from DMRs

TWEAKS AND IMPROVEMENTS

GAME BALANCING

Explosions + Shrapnel Damage

We have reworked explosions and made changes some important changes to how explosion and the new shrapnel damage will work in Siege. This will make it clearer to players when they are damaged due to shrapnel damage from explosives. Damage taken by a player from an explosion is now determined by Shrapnel damage. The new Shrapnel damage will govern who is hit, and how much damage is taken given the player’s environment. It will apply reduced damage based on the number of objects it passes through from the origin of the explosion. Shrapnel damage should be more transparent in providing feedback to players on how they took damage or died. For a more detailed look at how explosions in Siege work, check out our Dev Blog.

Corner Explosions

We’ve improved how explosives interact in corners where there is both a hard and soft wall.

Indestructible Object Interference:

We’ve improved how explosives interact in situations where an indestructible object like a beam can block destruction damage on nearby soft walls.

PLAYER COMFORT

Stay in Drone After Prep Phase Option

Attackers will now have the option to stay in drone observation tools even when Prep Phase ends by selecting the “Drone after Prep” option in the Options Menu.

Drone random Spawn

Attacker drone spawn is now no longer random. Attacker drones will now always spawn on the same side of the building as your first selected spawn point. This change will give attackers more agency and coordination during prep phase, as well as help simplify orientation for new. You can still re-select your spawn point afterwards based on intel you gathered during the prep phase.

Caster HUD Updates

  • Caster HUD Revamp: The new Caster HUD gives the casters the ability to expand all 10 players for a global overview of the game at any given moment, without the need to see the scoreboard or a specific player point of view.
  • Player Cards: Cards can be toggled, allowing casters more flexibility for a specific situation, where they can choose between what we called condensed or expanded views. Condensed cards display the same amount of information as before, with added feedback for drones. You can follow a player point of view without missing any actions on the screen. Furthermore, expanded cards will allow all players’ statistics and operators’ loadouts to be displayed simultaneously.
  • Round Header: By moving player information, we could get more space to keep improving the narration of the game. The header will now display team names and clear defusing states when it happens.

Game Mode Name Change

The Terrorist Hunt playlist will be renamed to Training Grounds to better reflect what our community uses the playlist for. Terrorist Hunt Classic will be renamed to Elimination to more accurately depict the game mode players can expect when entering those games.

GAME HEALTH

Player Report Notifications

Players will receive notifications when a player they have reported has had an action taken against them.

Data Consolidation

To consolidate and reduce the overall game size, we have made some more improvements with restructuring how game data is stored. This means the season patch will be larger than normal.

Player Loadouts

With the start of Y5S1, we’re reworking how custom load-outs are saved in your player profile. If you log in at least once during Y5S1, we will be able to save and convert your custom loadout to the new load-out format. Players who don’t log in at least once during Season 1 will find a default loadout upon logging in come Y5S2.

Night Maps Removal from Custom

To better focus our team’s resources on creating a newer and better Rainbow Six Siege experience, we’ll be removing support for Night Maps from Custom game modes.

LORE

Operator Bio Updates

We’ve updated more Operator bios! Go check out their new bios in-game!

  • Y1S1: Buck, Frost
  • Y1S2: Blackbeard, Valkyrie
  • Y1S3: Capitão, Caveira
  • Y1S4: Echo, Hibana
  • Y2S1: Jackal, Mira
  • Y2S2: Lesion. Ying
  • Y2S3: Ela, Zofia
  • Y2S4: Dokkaebi, Vigil
  • Y3S1: Finka, Lion
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