On June 16, 2020, after almost a month of Rainbow Six Siege Technical Test Server, we finally got the seasonal update for Year 5 Season 2: Operation Steel Wave. Just like any other new season, this season also brings in new operators, new bug fixes, weapon balancing, gadgets, map reworks, etc. Operation Steel Wave is available across all the platforms. PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC as well as on Uplay+. For those, who don’t know, Uplay+ is a gaming subscription service for Ubisoft games.
The most noticeable changes are the two new Operation Steel Wave operators, map rework, Elite skin for Echo, and addition of a new secondary gadget for defenders. The two new operators which were added were Ace and Melusi. The new Attacker operator, Ace is a breacher and his gadget, S.E.L.M.A. Aqua Breacher, vertically breaches upto 3 panels. As for the new Defender operator, Melusi, her gadget is called the Banshee Sonic Defense. This device slows down the opponents and creates a sound alarm whenever they get in proximity of the gadget. Just like the other seasonal operators, these will be available to the Season Pass holders for Year 5. As for those who don’t have it, they would have to wait for a whole week before being able to purchase it with renowns.
A major change has been done in respect to the ranking and MMR system. Previously, you were able to open different ranks in multiple regions, as in each region had different calibration games. Now, its all unified, one rank for all regions. Also, to get to Champion rank now, players need to have at least 100 Ranked games played along with the 5000MMR.
Other noticeable changes are the map rework, Echo Elite skin, and the new secondary gadget for Defenders. The map that got reworked is House, which is one of the maps that has been available since the release of Rainbow Six: Siege. The Elite skin that we got is for Echo, the Defender operator for Operation Red Crow, and is called Tenkamusou. As for the new Defender gadget, it is Proximity Mine. This gadget is just as it sounds, makes a sound alarm when an Attacker is in proximity.
Amaru, the Attacker operator for Operation Ember rise also received a buff. The timings and the hook animation have been made smoother and now she is able to hook to hatches without breaking them first.
Several other operators have received changes, here is a list:
Ela and Zofia
Other than the Operator balancing changes, we also received several game tweaks and improvements, along with bug fixes. To learn more about Operation Steel Wave patch notes, head over to the official page of Rainbow Six: Siege Operation Steel Wave.