Rainbow Six Siege flew under the radar of most gamers due to the controversy surrounding it. I assure you though that the game is very much alive and kicking. It even recently received its first major free DLC. Black Ice is a “free” DLC that released two Canadian operators known as Buck and Frost to the community along with a new map.”Yacht” has been added to rotation and is essentially a battle over a yacht which has crashed into an iceberg. It is a nice addition that the entire community is having a good time playing around with. The new operators are a different story.

Buck and Frost were both released in the game on February 2nd exclusively for season pass owners. As of the 9th they have been released to the free players as well…at a price. Each operator costs a whopping 25,000 renown (a grind-able in-game currency) or 600 R6 credits (micro-transaction premium currency). Ubisoft projects that the average FPS gamer should be able to unlock a single post-launch operator within two to three weeks of regular play. This DLC also implemented the existence of a spectator camera which allows a non-participant to view the match for whatever reason needs be.

In other news we recently were greeted the other morning by a long list of patch notes for Rainbow Six Siege that made some significant changes to the game. You can read them for the whole list or stick around here where I will highlight what I believe to be the most important changes you need to know from the list.

Balance-wise, our beloved operator Blitz has received a very important balancing update that may make you wish to either give him a shot, go back to playing him, or begin to dread his very existence. Previously Blitz’ head would stick out from over his shield which made him possibly the easiest shielded operator to kill (assuming his flash bang shield didn’t blind you before you could line up your shot). Now Blitz can more reliably lead a charge and is proving to be much harder to take down during game-play from personal experience. Keep this in mind when you matchmake and see a Blitz on the enemy team. He means business now!

Custom games can now be hosted on dedicated servers! Quoting Ubisoft themselves,

“10 player Custom Games can now be hosted on dedicated servers, which offers a fair gameplay environment that better suits competition. Dedicated servers means no host advantage, better stability, and makes it harder to cheat. We also are making the Spectator Camera feature available on dedicated servers, allowing an 11th person to observe matches held on those servers.”

There are some limitations on these features currently. The custom game must have 10 players to qualify for a dedicated server. To spectate, you must host the game as a spectator, and if the match creator leaves then the lobby is disbanded. In addition you have 10 minutes to fill a lobby and start your match. Otherwise, your match will be removed from the dedicated server and you will not be able to host another dedicated match for 10 minutes. If you leave mid-match there is no way to return.

There are a ton of bug fixes and minor tweaks and changes as well that can be found on those patch notes I referenced earlier. You are now informed of the most important changes made of late and can safely queue up without having to worry about anything major. Hope to see you all in-game.

Good Luck Operators!