With Rainbow Six Siege fourth year coming to an end, developer Ubisoft is changing its approach for year 5. Earlier this week, Ubisoft quietly unveiled the next year pass, which promised six instead of the usual eight new operators. This left many fans quite confused, and the game’s subreddit was filled with posts questioning the change. In an attempt to clear the air, a Ubisoft dev explained why Rainbow Six Siege is pulling back on new content.
Rainbow Six Siege game director Leroy Athanassoff notes, “We are investing our resources on building more features and systems that will impact every player in every match.”
For year 5, Ubisoft is diverting its focus onto improving game health and the overall player experience. As noted the top issues blog, the next year will be all about fixing critical issues such as stuck barricade debris, sound propagation, and more.
“The Year 5 Pass reflects this direction focused on features that benefit all players, not just those playing the newest Operators,” writes Ubisoft Community Manager Ubi-Fanch. “It will lead to additional content for all players, such as free events, extensive reworks, and other core gameplay features.”
In addition to six new operators, Rainbow Six Siege’s fifth year will introduce reworks for Finka and Tachanka. So, despite not getting eight brand new operators, players still have a lot to look forward to.
Due to the drop in operators, and the fact that Ubisoft removed the bonus 600 R6 Credits, players are expecting a drop in the price of the year 5 pass. The year pass does, however, make up for the difference by giving VIP members a boost in the number of battle points earned.
“More details on why we are releasing six Operators in Year 5, as well as how that leads into Year 6 and beyond will be shared during the Six Invitational in February.”
The price of the pass is yet to be announced, but if past trends are to be believed, expect it to cost around $30.