What's Next For Rainbow Six Siege?

Ubisoft launches into year 2 of Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege with 8 new operators from 4 different countries, new maps, and more!

Rainbow Six Siege - Year 2 Key Art

Despite launching with some bugs and a serious lack of content, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege delivered something unique and special for fans of tactical team-based shooters. It quickly became one of the best competitive games on the market, and with updates and additional content released throughout the first year of the game's life, the latest iteration of Rainbow Six actually managed to keep growing in popularity. Earlier this month in fact, Ubisoft realeaed the Japan-themed Red Crow expansion to round out its first year of content add-ons.

Rainbow Six Siege is basically the newer, better-looking and infinitely more dynamic Counter-Strike - and that reality is helping to grow the title's eSports appeal. It's quite a success story actually given Ubisoft's development woes with Rainbow 6: Patriots prior to this which ended up being canned and transformed into Siege. And Ubisoft plans to keep the community fulfilled with another full year of content planned. As of now, while celebrating the one-year anniverary of the game's release, the Rainbow Six Siege Year 2 Pass is available for $29.99. The Year 2 Pass will also be available in the Year 2 Gold Edition which also includes the base game for $79.99, and the Complete Edition which includes the base game and a bundle of all Year One operators, for $99.99.

Similar to the first year's season's pass - and you didn't need to buy this to acquire the content in-game since it can be bought with in-game earnings - there will be eight new operators, releasing in pairs, likely alongside a new map for each of the four seasons. Here's what we know of the limited specifics, first leaked by Ubisoft China before released officially on the Ubisoft blog.

What We Know Is Coming to Rainbow Six Siege Year 2

Rainbow Six Siege - Year 2 Key Art

The Year 2 trailer top strangely highlights only older content but there will be four new counterterrorism units (CTUs) feature two new operators (one attacker, one defender) from the following nations:

  • Spain
  • Hong Kong
  • Poland
  • South Korea

By comparison, the base game featured operators from the British SAS (Special Air Service), U.S. FBI SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics Teams), French GIGN (National Gendarmerie Intervention Group), Russian Spetsnaz, and German GSG 9 (Border Protection Group 9 of the Federal Police). The Year 1 content drops added the Canadian JTF2 (Joint Task Force 2), U.S. Navy SEALs, Brazilian BOPE (Rio de Janeiro State's Military Police), and Japanese SAT (Special Assault Team).

The Year 2 pass also includes boosts to unlock content faster, as well as new headgear, battle dress uniforms, and more. If purchased before February 7th, the Year 2 Pass rewards player with the Obsidian Universal Skin. Original Season Pass owners who purchase the Year 2 Pass will also receive an additional 600 R6 Credits (the real-money in-game currency) to spend.

What Should Come to Rainbow Six Siege Year 2

Rainbow Six Siege - Red Crow Key Art
Red Crow Expansion Rounds out Year 1

In addition to the regular performance enhancements, game updates, balancing, tweaks, operators and cosmetic options, the game needs to expand its game and by that we mean more legit content. The player base accepts that there's no story campaign but there needs to be some new modes added outside of the three basic objective modes currenty available. With so many operators and abilities in play, and even more coming, some new gameplay options are in order.

Maybe there can be a co-op horde mode with larger teams, or a larger team vs. team mode where even more operators are in play, etc. What would you like to see added to Rainbow Six Siege in Year 2? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Year 2 Gold Edition is available now for PlayStation 4 and PC, and releases December 6, 2016 for Xbox One. The Complete Edition is available now for Windows PC and December 6 for Xbox One. No date has been announced for the PS4 version.

Sources: Ubisoft, Ubisoft China

Key Release Dates
  • Rainbow Six: Siege (2015) release date: Dec 01, 2015
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