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Everything we know about Rainbow Six Y5S2: Operation Steel Wave

Published: 20/Apr/2020 6:44 Updated: 14/May/2020 4:12

by Andrew Amos


Rainbow Six: Siege Year 5 Season 2 is almost here. There’s been a fair share of leaks about Operation Steel Wave, and we’ve got everything you need to know, from the operators coming out, to the House rework, and the release date.

Operation Void Edge kicked Year 5 of Rainbow Six off with a bang. Oryx and Iana have been a hit with players, and the new Oregon rework has made one of Siege’s fan-favorite maps just that bit better.

However, there’s still plenty to look forward to in 2020. Y5S2 is just around the corner. Operation Steel Wave is set for sometime in the coming weeks, and we’ve got everything you need to know.

Operation Steel Wave operators

Operation Steel Wave will be the last season of Rainbow Six where players will get access to two new operators. In future seasons, only one operator will be released at a time, as the developers shift focus to other quality of life upgrades.

The defender will be a South African three-armor one-speed op called Philisiwe. Her gadget, Smart Wire, will act like Barbed Wire, with a few twists. It’ll slow enemies down significantly, deal damage over time, be immune to melee attacks, and mark gadgets.

Philisiwe will have access to the T-5 SMG with an ACOG, the ITA12L shotgun, and the RG-15 pistol.

Philisiwe is taking Barbed Wire to the next level.

Odin is the rumored name of the attacker. Hailing from Norway, the two-armor two-speed operator will be able to deploy a “Spider” drone.

The drone will be able to climb up walls and across ceilings, as well as dig holes through soft walls. It can also fire health charges to help patch allies up and push on.

He will have access to the C7E and AK-12 rifles, as well as the SDP 9mm and PMM sidearms. However, both these operator leaks need to be taken with a grain of salt, as nothing has been confirmed by Ubisoft yet.

House map rework

The House rework was initially revealed at the Six Invitational as part of Siege’s Year 5 content roadmap. However, as Y5S2 nears, more information has come to light about the map’s rework.

The first and second floors are getting a few extensions. The balconies by the front door have been removed, instead being placed by garage and on the back end of the house. Given some of the complaints about the map has been about its size, Ubisoft has looked to remedy that.

The renovations inside of House have finally been finished.

“We’re just making it a little bit bigger,” said developer Roy Del Valle at the Six Invitational. “We’re adding an extra set of stairs ⁠— we’re very excited about it.”

After its rework, it’s likely House will be added back into the ranked map pool. It’s been relegated to casual games for quite some time, but with its much-needed adjustments, it might become a viable map in all scenarios.

Stolen Goods Arcade playlist

Arcade playlists are coming with every season of Rainbow Six starting in Year 5. Operation Void Edge brought a bit of Goldeneye 64 to Siege with Golden Gun, but the direction is shifting quite drastically for Operation Steel Wave.

The Stolen Goods Arcade playlist is on its way for Season 2, and it’s a soft breachers dream. Set on the old Hereford Base, all floors and walls are completely destructible. Attackers must complete a series of objectives, including locking down vaults and saving a hostage.

Buck, Sledge, Ash, Zofia, and more will be able to knock the house down, with the chance of opening up some long sight lines. How long the playlist will run for remains unknown, nor when it’ll finally make its entrance to Siege.

Operation Steel Wave release date

Year 5 Season 2 was expected to be revealed at the Season 11 Pro League finals for Rainbow Six on May 17. However, since the cancellation of the event, dates for the next season are up in the air.

After Operation Steel Wave is revealed, players won’t be able to get their hands on the content instantly. It’ll first be added to the TTS for three weeks or so before being pushed to live. Year 5 Season Pass holders will then have the chance to play the new operators a week before anyone else.

Players should expect the Year 5 Season 2 content for Rainbow Six in late-May or early-June, but it could be delayed, or even brought forward.

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How to upgrade Rainbow Six to next-gen PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles

Published: 26/Nov/2020 2:01 Updated: 26/Nov/2020 2:12

by Andrew Amos


Rainbow Six: Siege is hitting the next-gen PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles on December 1. If you’re looking to make the jump, here’s exactly what you need to do to upgrade. The best part is, it’s totally free.

Every title is trying to make the jump to the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X and S consoles. The next generation is here ⁠— just in time for Christmas ⁠— and while grabbing some new games is always high on the list, old favorites shouldn’t be left behind.

If you’ve picked up a copy of Rainbow Six: Siege for the PS4 or Xbox One, you’ll be able to make the jump to the next-gen consoles on December 1. Here’s how you can upgrade.

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Get ready to jump into Siege on the PS5 and Xbox Series X, starting December 1.

How to upgrade Rainbow Six Siege to PS5 and Xbox Series X|S

If you own a copy of Rainbow Six on PS4 or Xbox One, you can upgrade to the PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles for free ⁠— providing that you upgrade to a console in the same family.

That means the upgrade won’t work if you go from the Xbox One to PS5, or the PS4 to the Xbox Series X. Also, if you own a physical version of Rainbow Six, you won’t be able to transfer to discless consoles.

From there, it’s as simple as linking your console to Ubisoft Connect, downloading the game again, and jumping right into the action. Here’s a full step by step list of what you need to do.

  1. Link your Ubisoft Connect account to your Xbox or PlayStation account here.
  2. Log onto your console and download Rainbow Six Siege (or insert your physical disc).
  3. Launch the game.
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The launch of Rainbow Six on next-gen consoles on December 1 will likely align with the release of Operation Neon Dawn.

Rainbow Six cross-play and cross-progression confirmed

Once you upgrade your console, you won’t have to start from scratch. Ubisoft have confirmed that Rainbow Six will not only have cross-progression, but also cross-play between console generations.

You’ll keep all your progress, including Operators, in-game items, stats, and more, and you’ll also be able to play with friends if they don’t make the jump to next-gen just yet.

However, cross-play and cross-progression won’t be coming to PC in the near future. While Ubisoft aims on implementing it for the PS5 and Xbox Series X down the line, they will not be available on launch.