Y6S4 – WHAT'S NEW ON THE LAB TEST SERVER

Different people come to the Test Server for different reasons. While some want to try out new operators ahead of their release, we know that some of you want to try out features that are still in development. You want to help shape the future of Siege and provide meaningful feedback. You came to the right place.

The Lab Test Server is the latest addition to Siege’s seasonal roadmap and will offer up opportunities to try out features that we’re still working on and get a sneak peek at things that are early in development. Sometimes, these features will still be months or seasons away from release and sometimes, these features will be experimental features we want to put through their paces with the community before deciding whether they’d be a good fit for the Live servers. Basically, it’s a place for you to get an even earlier look at what you can expect from Siege in the future.

Before we dive into the two features we’re testing this season, do you have a hankering for more info about all the updates, changes and content that are new to High Calibre? Check out the seasonal patch notes here[rainbow6.com] and the Designer’s Notes here[rainbow6.com]. Ready? Let’s go!

WARM-UP PLAYLIST

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW?

It’s no secret that the Siege community’s been asking for a Team Deathmatch mode, and we’re happy to say it’s not far off. Say hello to the Warm-Up playlist and it’s new, permanent, Team Deathmatch game mode. In it, you’ll face off in fast-paced 5v5 Team Deathmatch-style matches featuring infinite respawns and a single 5-minute round (or until one team reaches the score limit).

Regardless of which side you’re assigned to, you’ll be able to pick almost any of your owned operators, with the exceptions being dedicated shield operators: Blitz, Montagne, and Clash. The reason for this is because operators won’t have access to their abilities or main gadgets in Team Deathmatch – this includes shields. On the topic of operators with gadgets attached to their primary weapons, they will keep their primary weapons, but lose that gadget with the sole exception of Glaz who will keep his scope. This goes for any operators who have weapons that would normally have launcher attachments as the focus here will be on honing your gunplay. To spice things up, though, you’ll also be able to bring one secondary gadget (frag, flash, or impact grenades) per life.

Not happy with your chosen operator and loadout? No problem! You’ll be able to switch mid-match any time you’re fragged, letting you quickly and easily test different combinations of attachments or weapons.

We’ve selected three different maps to kick things off on the Warm-Up playlist: Favela, Villa, and Theme Park. Of course, just like our other playlists, we’ll be introducing different maps in the future.

On top of the basics, we know you likely have some questions, so we wanted to answer some of the things that are likely on your mind:

Why did you choose Team Deathmatch instead of Free For All?

We explored the option of a Free For All game mode, but found it would require significantly more dev time and would delay the release of a warm-up-focused game mode. The reason for this ties into the core of Siege – it was built around two opposing teams facing off against each other, so while altering this "two team" DNA is possible, it’s something that requires time, as it touches upon more than just this mode.

This is part of the reason we decided to go for a Team Deathmatch mode – we wanted to make sure we prioritized getting something meaningful into your hands sooner. Of course, after testing it, we realized that TDM could still provide the fast-paced, action-packed vibe we were looking for.

Most importantly, though, the possibility of adding FFA in the future is not lost. The work and effort that was put into this TDM game mode opens the door to a lot of other possible game modes and events, so while we’re not sitting here today saying more game modes are coming, the groundwork is there and we’re looking at potential options. For the time being, we want to focus on iterating on TDM so that we can make sure it’s a solid permanent game mode before considering work on another mode.

Why can’t I use comms to chat with my team or the other team?

From the beginning, we’ve seen Warm-Up as a more relaxed way of enjoying Siege. It’s a place where players can unwind or get themselves into the zone before hopping into other playlists. Since Team Deathmatch has a run and gun style of gameplay with no team-based objectives aside from frags, we felt that having comms available left a door open for potential toxicity. For that reason, we made the decision to remove comms in order to keep the mode focused as a friction-free and low-stress way to relax and get a handle on Siege’s gunplay – either for the first time in your life or the first time in your night.

Why did you choose these three maps? Why not add a new map just for this mode?

We wanted to offer up a mix of different scenarios with the first iteration of Warm-Up and Team Deathmatch, so we decided on starting with a small map (Favela), a medium-sized map (Theme Park), and a large map (Villa). This way, you can prepare yourself for actual encounters you’ll face in other playlists. This is also the reason we decided to focus on existing maps – as a mode focused on helping players warm up before hopping into other playlists, we want that gameplay experience to be as directly transferable as possible, especially for newer players learning the ropes. As we’ve already mentioned, though, we plan to add more maps to this playlist over time, so keep an eye out!

Why did you include grenades in loadouts but not C4 and claymores?

The more we played Warm-Up’s Team Deathmatch, the more we wanted a little something extra to add some more strategic complexity. We found grenades fit the pace of the mode during testing and kept camping to a minimum, but we’d love to hear from you if there are specific gadgets you’d like to see.

What about shields?

As a game mode focused on gunplay, we felt that shields weren’t a great fit. Shields absolutely do factor into regular Siege gunfights and are important to the flow of matches there, but since this mode is specifically intended to help players warm up with guns, we felt they weren’t as strong a fit here.

We found that they tended to slow the action down, which didn’t fit with the general mood of the mode. We also wanted to limit the number of exceptions made when it comes to operator abilities since that’s where shields fit into the loadout system.  

STATUS UPDATE

We’re incredibly happy with where the Warm-Up Playlist is at quality-wise and feel it’s just about ready for a wide release.

We’ll be tracking your feedback throughout the Lab Test Server period to see if there’s anything we can tweak to further improve this mode, and expect to provide more info on the release date close to the Six Invitational 2022. That’s not far off!

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

First and foremost, you’ll notice a survey link on the Lab Test Server. If you have feedback that you’d like to share with us, this is the best place to submit it! Outside of wanting to hear your general thoughts, we also have some more specific questions we’re interested in hearing your thoughts on as you put in time with this new mode:

  • Does the Warm-Up Playlist feel like something you will use to warm up?
  • Does the vibe of the mode feel relaxed or competitive?
  • How do you feel about the initial group of maps?
  • Do you think it’s easy enough to distinguish between opponents and teammates?
  • Does the operator repick flow feel easy to use?

ATTACKER REPICK

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW?

It’s no surprise that Defenders already have quite a large advantage in many situations in Siege, thanks to their control over the objective and ability to build a team that’s tailored to that specific situation. There’s a lot left up to guesswork for Attackers and we want to even that playing field a little with the Attacker Repick feature.

With this, Attackers will be able to – as it says on the tin – repick their operator, loadout and spawn location as many times as they like during the Prep Phase. Since time is of the essence during Prep, we’ve improved the team header to show more info at a glance, making it clear to your team exactly what operators, loadouts and spawn locations have been selected. This should make it easier to make strategic calls on the fly based on your intel.

Coming to all playlists once it officially launches on the Live servers, our intention with Attacker Repick is to make sure the Prep Phase is equally engaging and meaningful to both sides. Sure, Defenders typically get to set the groundwork of a given round’s strategy, but we want to encourage a similar level of creative expression among Attackers. If you decide to risk your drones to identify the enemy team’s operator picks, you should be able to do something meaningful with that intel. We’re also interested to see how this affects "jack-of-all-trades" operators, as we expect this new feature to open the door to more specialized operators who previously weren’t considered worth the risk without clear intel.

Our intention with this feature is to ensure it’s easy to grasp, comfortable to use, and allows teams to be more dynamic with evolving their strategies. Of course, we know balance is a huge concern when it comes to Attacker Repick, so we’ll be looking to your feedback to gauge how it’s going. In particular, we’re interested to hear how feel about the added time management pressure this will bring to the Prep Phase. On paper, being able to counter Defenders may seem powerful, but considering the limited time available, necessity of intel and inherent team synergy required, effective use of Attacker Repick will require strong communication.

We also wanted to address a change that will affect the Pro League. With the introduction of Attacker Repick, we will be removing 6th Pick and the Reveal Phase. It also didn’t make sense to make 6th Pick exclusive to Defenders, as we feel there are still plenty of advantages to setting the pace and strategic landscape of a round that make up for this slight reduction in pre-match intel. Not only this, but revealing Attackers ahead of the Prep Phase when they have the ability to completely change their lineup would not be a reliable source of intel.

If there’s one advantage to viewers and players alike that we feel will come out of this removal, it’s the streamlining of match flow. Now, you should encounter less downtime between rounds and as mentioned above, encourage a wider array of operators in play – especially on the Attacker side.

STATUS UPDATE

Similar to the Warm-Up Playlist, we think Attacker Repick is in a great place and feel it’s just about ready for the big leagues. Currently, we’re considering a Y7S1 release for this feature. Once we’ve had time to dig into your feedback, we’ll make the official call, but would expect it to come quite soon.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

As with above, look out for a survey in the Lab Test Server menus, as this is the best place to share your feedback with us. We feel this should cover the most important bases – specifically your feelings about balance – so don’t hesitate to let us know how you feel once you’ve had a chance to try it out.

Available from today until December 14, try out these upcoming features out on the Lab Test Server and let us know what you think! Have questions about how the Test Server works? Check out the Test Server FAQ here[rainbow6.com]. If you run into any bugs or issues, don’t hesitate to report them on the new and improved R6Fix 2.0.

On top of that, follow us and share your feedback on TwitterRedditFacebook[www.facebook.com] and on our forums[discussions.ubisoft.com].

[rainbow6.com]

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Y6S4 High Calibre Patch Notes Addendum

You can find here the updates and fixes made over the course of the Y6S4 Test Server. For the full High Calibre Patch Notes, follow the link below.
High Calibre Season Patch Notes: https://rainbow6.com/highcalibre

Y6S4 PATCH SIZE

Find the download sizes for each platform below.

  • Ubisoft Connect: 5.36 GB
  • Steam: 4.8 GB
  • Xbox One: 4.08 GB
  • Xbox Series X: 4.31 GB
  • PS4: 4.38 GB
  • PS5: 4.10 GB

TWEAKS AND IMPROVEMENTS

HUD Rework

  • Decreased the compass size.
  • Automatically dim the Action Reminder opacity while in ADS.
  • Added an opacity slider for Action Reminders in the HUD Options menu.
  • Added the option to choose an Advanced or Simplified compass in the HUD Options menu.
BUG FIXES

GAMEPLAY

FIXED – Total ammo count is incorrect on some weapons.
FIXED – Movement speed while using ADS upside down is faster than right side up during Rappel.
FIXED – Changing sensitivity mid-game removes the ability to look in any direction while in ADS.
FIXED – Assist is not counted for the player that injures an opponent if a teammate puts the opponent in DBNO and then eliminates them.
FIXED – Barbed wire can be destroyed by allies when friendly fire is off.
FIXED – Muffled sound on some weapons.
FIXED – Some device recharging cooldowns don’t get paused while in DSEG.
FIXED – Reinforcement hinges are invisible from one side and block bullets.
FIXED – Some gadgets don’t break the glass window when deployed on a barricade.
FIXED – Threat indicator doesn’t appear for a grenade dropped by an eliminated Operator.
FIXED – Servers prioritize putting players with a fast connection on the Attacker side during lobby creation. Attacker and Defender sides will now be chosen at random.
FIXED – In the Planning Phase, selecting Confirm Loadout with a controller also picks up the defuser or drops it.
FIXED – Grenade indicator color can be inconsistent with the level of threat.
FIXED – Crosshairs of the Bulletproof Camera are not visible for teammates and spectators.
FIXED – Electric damage won’t reactivate for a device disabled by an EMP if another electric device is deployed and picked up during the EMP duration.
FIXED – Player’s camera goes out-of-world after being eliminated when no drone is available.
FIXED – Laser sight remains visible while in ADS.
FIXED – Barbed wire destroys Defenders’ secondary gadgets when it’s deployed on top of them.
FIXED – The same controller input is used for dropping the defuser and switching ability mode.

LEVEL DESIGN

FIXED – Multiple LOD and LOS issues on various maps.
FIXED – Defuser planting and retrieval issues in specific areas on various maps.
FIXED – Exploitable gaps on various maps.
FIXED – Multiple clipping, collision, destruction, and asset issues on various maps.

BANK
FIXED – Attacker can instantly teleport down from the roof by dropping to the lower ledge and entering Rappel.

CLUBHOUSE
FIXED – Valkyrie’s Black Eye cameras lose signal at B Central Stairs.
HOUSE
FIXED – Hatch gets destroyed when certain gadgets are deployed on top of it in 1F Dining Room.

KAFE DOSTOYEVSKY
FIXED – Incorrect Bombsite shown when a defuser is planted in 3F Bar and 3F Cocktail.

OUTBACK
FIXED – Bulletproof Camera can be deployed inside of an indestructible wall at EXT Terrace Balcony.
FIXED – AI will remain stuck after spawning under the BBQ at 2F Covered Terrace in Training Grounds.
FIXED – Stairs sign is still present in 1F Reptile Hallway even though the stairs were removed.
FIXED – Player is unable to place deployable devices on the south wall of 1F Bike Repair.

SKYSCRAPER
FIXED – An Attacker can pass through the red banner when they rappel from EXT Shrine Balcony while carrying the hostage.

OPERATORS

FIXED – Various animation issues.

ARUNI
FIXED – Players can throw devices through the gap between a Surya Gate and the ceiling.

ASH
FIXED – Ash’s R4-C assault rifle total ammo count is incorrect.

ELA
FIXED – Ela’s deployed Grzmot Mines appear in their undeployed state for a player that joins a match in progress.

FUZE
FIXED – The Cluster Charge needs a larger space to deploy than intended. The reinforcement spikes and hole edges block its deployment.

GOYO
FIXED – Goyo’s Volcán Shield canister shells remain present after being destroyed for a player that joins a match in progress.

IQ
FIXED – Ping marker doesn’t appear when IQ aims at the edge of asset if it’s behind an obstacle.

JACKAL
FIXED – Some inputs are no longer registered when Jackal activates Eyenox at the edge of Mute’s Signal Disruptor.

KALI
FIXED – LV Explosive Lance damage activates Reverse Friendly Fire when it eliminates a teammate.

LESION
FIXED – Lesion’s Gu mine maximum limit is displayed as 99.

MAESTRO
FIXED – The window of Maestro’s Evil Eye closes fully when disabled by Thatcher’s EMP.
FIXED – The Action Reminder of Maestro’s Evil Eye appears and flickers when the camera loses signal while overheating.
FIXED – The window of Maestro’s Evil Eye doesn’t close automatically after losing signal while outside the building.

MOZZIE
FIXED – Mozzie is disabled due to crashes that occur when he eliminates a player or himself.
MUTE
FIXED – Mute’s Signal Disruptor area of effect is visible in Support Mode for Attackers and Defenders.
FIXED – Mute’s Signal Disruptor triggers multiple scores for the same gadget.

OSA
FIXED – Players are affected by Melusi’s Banshee while hiding behind the Talon-8 Shield.

PULSE
FIXED – Pulse’s Cardiac Sensor does not appear on screen after a player joins a match in progress.

THORN
FIXED – Thorn’s Razorbloom deployment effect produces cement particles regardless of the surface material.
FIXED – Multiple animation and audio issues for Thorn.
FIXED – Blades discharged from Thorn’s Razorbloom Shell stick to the lens of a Bulletproof Camera.
FIXED – Thorn’s Razorbloom Shells clip through one another when deployed too close together.

THUNDERBIRD
FIXED – Thunderbird can peek behind cover without opponents seeing her when she deploys a Kona Station.

VALKYRIE
FIXED – Valkyrie’s Black Eye camera can’t be picked up if it’s thrown under tight spaces.
FIXED – The gyroscope of Valkyrie’s Black Eye moves while the camera is in the process of connecting.
FIXED – Valkyrie’s Black Eye camera appears as disabled when a player joins a match in progress.

YING
FIXED – Ying’s Candela model briefly reappears a few seconds after being destroyed.
FIXED – Ying can deploy Candelas into a surface while in prone stance.

ZERO
FIXED – Zero’s smart ping is misplaced and offset when an Argus camera is placed on the ceiling.
FIXED – Laser dots appear over the sight when aiming at the sky with Zero’s Argus Launcher.
FIXED – Zero’s Argus camera appears as disabled when a player joins a match in progress.

USER EXPERIENCE

FIXED – Compass options in the HUD section can be changed when the compass is turned off.
FIXED – Various UI issues.
FIXED – Various Match Replay issues.
FIXED – Various localization issues.
FIXED – Various audio, SFX and VFX issues.
FIXED – Various customization and Shop issues.
FIXED – Custom Playlists present some inconsistencies between cross-platform for PC and Stadia.
FIXED – Saved Customization can be reset after a patch.
FIXED – Players may encounter a crash when exiting the Loadout section of an Operator’s menu.
FIXED – Backing out of the Pack Manager without opening a pack and then creating a Custom match will cause an infinite, blue loading screen after the Pick Phase.
FIXED – Alpha Packs cannot be opened using the Enter button on keyboard or X/A button on controllers.
FIXED – The game crashes after filling a text chat box with specific characters and sending the message.
FIXED – Inputs aren’t displayed for the Action Reminders.
FIXED – Occasionally a squad member will not be able to hear anyone in a session on Stadia.
FIXED – Xbox players can lose all in-game audio and then crash.

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NEW RAINBOW SIX SIEGE STREAMER CHARMS FOR Y6S4!

NEW RAINBOW SIX SIEGE STREAMER CHARMS FOR Y6S4!

Announcing the next Streamer Charms!

Each season will bring the release of new charms, as well as a return of the streamer’s charms from previous seasons!

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Returning

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How to acquire charms

These charms are only available by subscribing to the respective streamer’s Twitch channel with a linked Uplay account. For more information on how to link your Uplay and Twitch account, as well as opt in for Twitch Drops, please refer to {LINK REMOVED}this FAQ.

How to get involved

We are always on the lookout for additional content creators to add to the program and will be exploring new candidates in 2022. If your goal is to see your charm in game, we use the following criteria to begin the selection process for potential candidates:

Requirements to be considered

Approximately 350+ concurrent viewers – preferable.
Average of 10 Rainbow Six streams per month.
Average of 20 hours of Rainbow Six streamed per month.
Positive standing with Ubisoft/Rainbow Six Siege.
High quality level of content.
Twitch Partnered.
Rainbow Six Siege reserves the right for final decision.

Consideration for Removal

Less than 10 Rainbow Six Siege main streams over 3 months.
Level of quality dropping below an acceptable level.
Standing with Rainbow Six Siege/Ubisoft compromised.
Any actions that may negatively affect the R6S/Ubisoft brand.
Loss of Twitch Partnership.
Rainbow Six Siege reserves the right for removal of any charms.

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Test Server FAQ

Over the years, we have changed how our Development Team approaches Seasonal content, as well as intermediary patches. Below you will find answers to some frequently asked questions regarding the Test Server.

Do I need to own the game to participate in the Test Server?

Yes. You will need to own Rainbow Six Siege on PC. This includes players that have purchased the Starter edition.
Once you own Rainbow Six Siege on PC, downloading, accessing, and playing on the Test Server has no additional cost.

Which platforms can access the Test Server?

PC only. The Test Server is available through the Ubisoft Connect PC client.

Will I need to download the game again before each test?

Typically, we use unique game builds on the Test Server, so it is possible that players will need to download the entire Test Server client.

Where do I download the Test Server?

The Test Server will appear in your Ubisoft Connect library. Once it appears as “available”, you will be able to begin the download. Please note that pre-loading is not typically available for the Test Server.

Please note that the Test Server will only be present in the Ubisoft Connect library when the Test Server is active.

Am I able to have both the live client and the Test Server client on my computer at the same time?

Yes. You will be able to have both clients installed on the same computer. Please note that configuration changes made on the Test Server will not carry over to the live client, and vice versa.

Will people that use Steam be able to play it through the Ubisoft Connect PC client?

Yes. People that own Rainbow Six Siege on Steam will be able to participate in Test Server phases through their connected Ubisoft account. Please note that players must download and launch the Test Server through the Ubisoft Connect PC client.

How do I report bugs?

Please report bugs/glitches that you find on the Test Server module on R6Fix[r6fix.ubi.com].

How many people will be able to play at the same time?

We are going to limit the available number of slots on our servers for the Test Server. Players will see an “Ubisoft services are unavailable” error message when the servers are at capacity. This will help us limit the impact the Test Server has on the live servers.
Please do not take time off work/class to participate in the Test Server phases.

Will I be able to make purchases on the Test Server?

No.

Will my items/progress transfer from the live game to the Test Server?

Content will not transfer from the live servers to the Test Server. Similarly, any Test Server related account progression, or items acquired, will not transfer back to the live servers when the Test Server ends.

What content will be available for testing?

The goal of the Test Server is to offer various facets of the game for testing and we know that different players come to the Test Server for different reasons. The Season Test Server will contain, as you can guess, content for the upcoming season, new operators, gadgets, weapons, etc.
Following the launch of the new season, the Lab Test Server will open to provide an early glimpse (and hands-on testing) with upcoming features. This early testing is particularly impactful and may result in changes to the features based directly off your feedback. The Lab Test Server may not take place every season, but we hope to utilize it as much as possible.
Lastly as the season comes to a close, we will shift into the Balancing Test Server for a focus on any balance, gameplay, or bug fixes for the next patch as we move towards the season reveal.

How long will these sessions last?

The length of each Test Server can vary and is partially dependent on the content being tested. As a general schedule:

  • The Season Test Server will be open for approx. 3 weeks
  • The Lab Test Server will be open for approx. 1 week
  • The Balancing Test Server will be open for approx. 1 week

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High Calibre

Rainbow Six Siege introduces the fourth season of Year 6, High Calibre! Our newest Operator, Thorn, joins Rainbow as a Technical Weapons Expert from Ireland’s Emergency Response Unit. Never one to back down from a challenge, her strength and leadership set a new course for Rainbow. Her Razorbloom Shell proximity grenade is as sharp as her temper.

This season we’ve integrated some select updates including Team Colors, a Bulletproof Camera Rework and changes on the Test Server. We’re bringing balance to Finka, Drone Counters, Elite 2.0, and more! Read the Patch Notes below for full details.

View Patch Notes[rainbow6.com]

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Y6S4 PRE-SEASON DESIGNER'S NOTES

In this latest edition of Designer’s Notes, we’ll go into more detail about the balancing and major gameplay changes that’ll come with High Calibre and give you an insight into the reasons behind these changes.

For more information on all the updates, changes and content that you can expect from High Calibre, check out the [seasonal patch notes here] (https://rainbow6.com/highcalibre)

BALANCING MATRIX AND TOP OPERATOR BANS

WIN DELTA VS. PRESENCE

Please note that we are using presence to gauge the popularity of an Operator. This notion had to be introduced to reflect the implementation of the pick & ban.

Presence definition: pick rate of an Operator when not banned. Win Delta: The Win Delta is aggregated from Operator’s Win Deltas per Bomb Site.

OPERATOR BAN RATE

GAMEPLAY REWORKS

BULLETPROOF CAMERAS
  • Bulletproof Cameras can now rotate.
  • Added EMP burst shot that disables Attackers’ electronic gadgets (i.e. drones, claymore, Airjab, etc.).
    • The first player in the camera can use the ability to shoot. Unlike operators’ abilities, there is no notion of ownership.

Population targeted by this change: Casual, Top Ranked and Pros.

While the Bulletproof Camera offers a good amount of intel utility thanks to doing what it says on the tin, its pick rate is still far below where we’d like it to be. Building upon the recent [Shattered Glass rework] (https://www.ubisoft.com/en-ca/game/rainbow-six/siege/news-updates/76KxHcLFOo2PdhSS4t1HmZ/y6s2-preseason-designers-notes) which changed how the Bulletproof Camera reacts to melee hits, we took it back to the drawing board to give it some added features.

In addition to making it a more versatile pick thanks to its ability to rotate and fire an EMP burst, we feel this will make it more interesting to run and a more "active" tool in players’ loadouts. Now, Defenders will have more options for effectively disabling Attacker gadgets outside of Mute, which should enable new strategies. The decision to allow anyone on the team to control and shoot the EMP is also intended to make this secondary gadget into a shared resource that can benefit the whole team.

It’s important to note, though, that once the glass on a Bulletproof Camera has been shattered, it will be unable to shoot EMP bursts.

DRONE COUNTER
  • Added on-screen counter for Defenders that tallies number of regular drones destroyed by Defenders or captured by Mozzie during the round.
  • The following actions do not count towards the Drone Counter:
    • Defenders destroy a special drone (i.e. Twitch, Flores)
    • Attackers destroy a drone
    • A drone is disabled

Population targeted by this change: Casual, Top Ranked and Pros.

Back when we tested Gameplay After Death, we noticed that many Defenders felt overwhelmed towards the end of matches when faced with multiple drones seeking them out. This feeling isn’t exclusive to that feature, though, so we used this as an opportunity to make a quality of life change.

Say hello to the Drone Counter: an on-screen counter for Defenders that helps track the number of drones they’ve destroyed. Put simply, we want to make it easier for Defenders to track this information and make educated decisions about how much intel their opponents may have left. Not only that, but we feel having this information more readily available helps to emphasize the importance of tracking and eliminating Attacker intel and drones. We also feel this will benefit solo players and those still learning the ropes, as it adds another layer of non-verbal communication to teams.

Arguably the most important note here is that this is not intended to reveal any extra intel to Defenders – it’s simply meant to streamline the mental counting that was already occurring in many cases. In addition to the special cases listed above that aren’t tracked by the counter, it’s also important to remember that this won’t affect or decrease the total number of drones owned by Attackers. They will retain all the same intel capabilities they previously had, while reducing some of the mental strain Defenders had to contend with.

PLAYER COLORS
  • Teams are now referred to in-game as "Your Team" and "Opponents" instead of Blue Team and Orange Team.
  • Default team colors changed to blue (Your Team) and red (Opponents).
    • Team colors can be changed between blue, red, or orange.

We want to make Siege as comfortable of an experience as possible, so sometimes that means tweaking long-standing aspects of the game. Enter team colors. Moving forward, we will be streamlining how color is used to differentiate each team. Now, instead of players being part of the blue or orange team, players will always see themselves represented by one color (blue with the default settings) and their opponents by another (red by default).

Some colors are simply easier to see than others, so while we will be setting a new default for team colors, we want to ensure players have the option to change how this is presented to them personally to match their own experience. We will be launching this change with three available colors (blue, orange, red), but we are working on making a wider spectrum of options available, all while ensuring that they are presented equally in-game with regards to brightness, intensity, and distance.

This is a topic that we will be continuing to build upon, expanding how colors are presented in-game to better convey crucial info to players in the heat of a match, while fortifying gadget clarity. From recolored C4 to Claymore lasers, stay tuned for more information in the coming seasons!

OPERATOR BALANCING
A NOTE ON GOYO

As many of you have already noticed, we’re approaching the end of the year and there’s a certain Operator rework that’s still conspicuously absent. We hate to make you wait a little bit longer, but Goyo’s rework still needs some more time. Originally announced during the Year 6 reveal, our team had – and still has – plans for Goyo, but as the year has progressed, other Operators have shifted and changed, and we discovered that the change we have in mind requires us to completely redo his animations, it has taken more time than originally anticipated.

We know this is something a lot of you are waiting for and it’s still in the works on our end, so we just ask for a little more time to make sure we release a rework all you past, present and future Goyo mains can be happy about!

FINKA
  • Can now activate Adrenal Surge while in DBNO.
  • Removed Recoil Boost granted by Adrenal Surge.
  • Increased cooldown to 20s (from 10s).

Population targeted by this change: Casual, Top Ranked and Pros.

Finka’s presence continues to be lower than we’d like. To help further define Finka’s gameplay identity, increase her utility, and make her more than just a decentralized healer, we’ve tweaked the way her Adrenal Surge functions.

A healer is only truly effective when they’re in the game, so we gave Finka a boost to her survivability. Whereas she used to only be able to raise others from a DBNO state when activating her Surge, she can now raise herself as well. This should help to ensure Finka stays in matches longer and brings longer-term healing value to her squad, reviving more players in the process. Why the increase in cooldown, you might ask? Ever since the change from over-heal to actual heal, it’s become clear that her healing capacity is high and quick, managing to heal 60hp in 30 seconds for every Attacker. Combined with a self-revive, we felt this would be tuned too high and had to be tempered in some way.

We’ve also heard the feedback from our pro scene that Adrenal Surge’s recoil burst is often more of a hindrance than a benefit since it alters the recoil patterns you’ve learnt, throwing off muscle memory. We’ve made the decision to remove this effect. While we understand this will be a small nerf for players who have not developed this same muscle memory, the added benefits coming to Finka with this update should more than offset this.

VALKYRIE + OUTDOOR CAMERAS
  • Cameras thrown outside will lose connection after 10 seconds of activity.
    • This change also applies to Bulletproof Cameras and Maestro’s Evil Eye.
  • Cameras are accessible while in the air, but video feed does not begin until they attach to a surface.
    • This change also applies to Zero’s ARGUS cameras.

Population targeted by this change: Casual, Top Ranked and Pros.

On the opposite side of Finka, Valk has a very high presence and ban rate on the Balancing Matrix. Not only is she like kyptonite to new players who spend too much time planning their attack while outside in certain maps, but many experienced players have voiced frustration at the overwhelming intel value her cameras bring when deployed outside at the beginning of a match. To address this, we’ve changed the way cameras function while outside of buildings.

Now, Valkyrie and other Defenders’ cameras will lose connection shortly after being placed outside of buildings. With this change, they will not activate until they are placed on a surface, but once active, will only have signal for 10 seconds. This is intended to limit the oppressive nature of outside cameras – especially in the case of Valk – in the beginning moments of each round. While her cameras are still expected to bring a great amount of value inside buildings, this should help to limit the exceptional utility they previously offered, giving Attackers a chance to compose themselves and aligning the expectations of how she functions with that of the other Defenders (i.e. within the building that must be defended).

We know this change to outside cameras is a big one, so while we feel 10 seconds is fair, we’re going to be keeping a close eye on how it performs on the Test Server. We’re open to making adjustments in time for Y6S4’s launch, so get out there, give this a try, and let us know what you think!

ECHO + MOZZIE
  • Increased drones’ time outside the building to 10s (from 3s).

Population targeted by this change: Casual, Top Ranked and Pros.

To go along with the above change to Valkyrie and the use of Defender cameras outside, we also wanted to make sure the impact on their resident drone experts is consistent with it. While we’re limiting the passive monitoring of outside spaces through cameras, there will now be more opportunities for active droning outside of buildings with a change that’ll affect Echo and Mozzie.

Now, instead of being limited to 3 seconds of droning outside of the main building, they’ll have 10 seconds to gain as much intel as they can. This is expected to shift focus to a slightly more active beginning-of-round flow for Defenders while also giving these two operators more early-round utility. It will also help to establish a continuity between camera-using gadgets that are used outside by Defenders.

MAESTRO
  • Evil Eye cameras can be rotated by teammates if Maestro is not actively using the camera.
    • If hacked, Dokkaebi and Attackers will also have access to camera rotation.

Population targeted by this change: Casual, Top Ranked and Pros.

Adding to the other camera changes – specifically around camera rotation – included in this update, we also wanted to provide some clarity on how this will affect Maestro. While he was previously able to rotate his Evil Eyes himself, his teammates will also be able to rotate them, provided he is not actively on cams. This is intended to bring them up to speed with the rotation rules of other camera gadgets like with Echo, Zero and Valkyrie. It’s also important to note that if Maestro is eliminated in a round, he will still be able to rotate his Evil Eyes, but will be unable to shoot with them.

We want to make sure when a player deploys an Operator camera, there’s a general consistency to how they function, so that meant removing one of the exceptions that limited Maestro’s Evil Eyes.

WEAPON + ATTACHMENT BALANCING
ANGLED GRIP
  • The increase to ADS speed provided by the Angled Grip is now 20% less than it was before.

Population targeted by this change: Top Ranked and Pros.

Before we get into the description, we want to acknowledge that we know this isn’t going to be a popular change. We all love the angled grip, but that’s part of the problem – it’s so effective that it has become an essential attachment in just about every case. We know that by changing this, it will have an effect that’s felt throughout the game, so we ask you to please jump on the Test Server, give it a try, and then come to us with your thoughts. In theory, it’s a big change – we know that – but we truly want to understand how you feel with it in practice. This is something we can and do plan to continue tweaking, so we’re extremely open to hearing your thoughts, as always.

With this change, equipped weapons will take slightly more time to transition from hip fire to ADS than they previously did. We still feel that the benefit it brings is strong, but not so strong that it instantly trumps all other attachment options. Our intention with this change is to encourage a greater degree of experimentation with weapon loadouts, reducing the angled grip’s pick rate from its current place atop the roster.

As mentioned above, this isn’t the end of what we have planned for attachment tweaks. We are working on ways to change the game HUD to better and more clearly display key values of weapons, like the ADS time. Once this has been implemented, we then plan to work on balancing those values (including ADS) on a per weapon basis – not just by weapon classes – to further build out the unique identity of each weapon. This is a change planned for quite a ways in the future, but we wanted to make sure we shared our long-term plans here to give you a snapshot of how this will continue to evolve.

GAMEPAD RECOIL COMFORT

Reduced lateral recoil on:

  • Jager – 416-C
  • Ash – RC4
  • Vigil – K1A
  • Zofia – M762
  • Ace – AK-12
  • Warden, Dokkaebi, Vigil – SMG-12
  • Mozzie, Aruni – P-10 Roni
  • Alibi – Mx-4 Storm

Population targeted by this change: Casual and Top Ranked.

Please note that recoil simulations shown are representative of recoil on console without attachments.

We’re going to keep this one nice and simple. We know that certain weapons are difficult to handle on console with a controller- specifically with some of our recent recoil changes. In particular, strong lateral recoil can be much more difficult to adjust for when compared against a mouse. For that reason, we wanted to rethink some of the weapons which have received recoil increases in recent seasons and give them a pass that makes their recoil more manageable for controller users.

We’ve included before and after images above to showcase how these changes will affect these weapons and look forward to hearing your thoughts once you get your hands on them.

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Streamer Mode Update

In August 2021, we released an article outlining the top issues and community concerns[rainbow6.com] among the Rainbow Six Siege community in which we informed our intention to provide a complete solution to protect our content creators. In this update, we will provide insight on what we will soon be doing for the protection and privacy of _all_ our players, including our streamers.

Player Protection

The protection of our entire player community is important and key for our game. In addition to the importance of this subject for our content creators, we believe that it is also everyone’s right to be protected while playing.
Therefore, we are working on establishing sustainable solutions to protect all of our users, not only at the game level, but also at the account level with several Ubisoft partners and teams.
We are motivated by the same goal: improving our users’ protection. Whether it’s by giving more control over their personal data or public identity, we believe that our users require and deserve an improvement on this matter. We are aware that changes must be done within the Ubisoft environment and externally (external third-parties).
For this reason, we are working on three fronts:

  • Preventing stream sniping with options that are on the Rainbow Six Siege dev team’s side. The options will prevent malicious players from using another player’s live stream to gather information and get an unfair edge, or to act in a disruptive manner to sabotage and harass the streamer.
  • Controlling and limiting the data shared from your account to third-party sites/apps/overlays.
  • Ensuring the protections for account data and game telemetry are respected by those third parties.

Consequently, it is no longer only about protecting our streamers, but all of our player base and, even more globally, all users of Ubisoft services.

Rainbow Six Siege & Privacy

Players will see a new section in the Options menu called "Privacy" which will contain all the current options related to queue sniping that were deployed with Y6S1.1.

Status: Available at Y6S4 launch.
To discourage and prevent disruptive players from using streamers’ public information in a toxic way, we improved and created a new set of options that will allow players to increase their gameplay privacy while being able to keep their legacy name without the need to create multiple accounts or change their account name to avoid stream snipers.

Hence, here is the set of options that will compose this new protection:

  • Appear as Nickname: This will allow our players to create and use a custom temporary display name to be used directly in-game without losing their legacy name. These will not be cross-linked and can be changed at any time, which will add more friction to malicious players’ process of grieving.
  • Appear as “You”: Both your legacy and alternative generated names can be a primary indicator used by malicious players to follow you from match to match. To reduce any collateral effects, this option will replace the player’s name on their screen with "You" so that somebody viewing their live stream, for example, cannot determine their displayed username.
  • Hide Other Players: The use of surrounding information is also part of the problem and can contribute to the identification of a specific match. To alleviate this, this option generates pseudonyms for all usernames on the streamer’s screen in a match session except their own. This applies to both teammates and opponents in the match.
  • Account Identity Privacy: Additionally, we’ll be testing an experimental iteration of account privacy settings to conceal the Ubisoft account name (with a randomly generated username) and profile avatar of users to protect their name on the platform. This will prevent stream snipers from using third-party tools to reveal streamer identities. Note: depending on the success of the test, this may not be available for public release.

Status: Planned to release during Season 4, but not at season launch.

Account Privacy

Privacy and Data Sharing at the account level remains a particularly key point.
We are currently working with internal service partners at Ubisoft to establish and provide sustainable solutions from the short to long term. We are aiming to better protect our players and global users by increasing the protection and control over their data at the Ubisoft level.

  • Data Shared by Ubisoft: Extend the protections for players’ account data and game telemetry to third-party partners outside of Ubisoft.
  • Legal Actions: Exploring consequences for entities that undermine our efforts to respect players’ personal data and game telemetry. People accessing our data for community use must abide by our rules and guidelines.

Release Plan

Our end goal remains to protect anyone in terms of identity in Rainbow Six Siege, but to ensure a smooth deployment and to gather key players’ feedback, we will first release to a small pool of content creators, who remains one of the user groups most impacted by identity-based harassment in-game. Our plan is to roll out this feature in a gradual way, which will allow us to stress-test the functionality of each setting and allow adjustments to be made before a wider release.
To summarize, these first sets of privacy settings described above (including part of the account privacy settings) will be deployed initially on Rainbow Six Siege on PC via a soft-launch release to a limited audience during Season 4. Following the results of the soft launch, these features will roll out publicly to our entire PC community. As noted above, the “Account Identity Privacy” option is more experimental, and is possible not to ship publicly with the rest of these options. We are also planning to extend these privacy features to console players in the future.

Conclusion

Rest assured that this topic remains a top priority on the Rainbow Six Siege development team and across Ubisoft. The Player Behavior team and the different stakeholders involved are committed to protecting our players’ personal identities and providing a safer environment for our players.
We will release a roadmap around the launch period of Season 4, followed by further planned updates to be released iteratively. We will continue to inform you of the long-term plans including console release.

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