Monday, June 14

When is the new ‘Rainbow Six: Siege’ update? Steel Wave release date, operators, map

Operation: Steel Wave is almost here

Year 5, Season 2 of “Rainbow Six: Siege” is introducing a couple new operators who are certain to change the landscape of attacking and defending once again, while reintroducing a classic map with a few new bells and whistles.

For the first time since the bulletproof camera was introduced, Ubisoft is also adding in a new proximity sensor to defenders, giving them another way to gather intel on attackers chasing after the objective.

Here’s what you need to know about the new season of “Siege:”

When is the new season of ‘Siege?’

A specific release date has been given by Ubisoft yet, but Year 5, Season 2 of “Rainbow Six: Siege” is set to drop in June. As of June 9, Ubisoft still didn’t have a set date.

Operation: Steel Wave is going to introduce two new operators, a new map rework and a new operator gadget for select playable characters.

New ‘Rainbow Six’ operators

Operation: Steel Wave is introducing two new operators to the fold, as is custom. This will be the last season for the foreseeable future that two operators will be added during a new season.


Ace is a new hard-breach attacker who has three separate breach charges that deploy in three stages on destructible surfaces. The device is thrown onto a surface and can destroy reinforced walls, hatches and deployable shields.

The device (named S.E.L.M.A.) can be destroyed before all three stages of it are deployed, and can be destroyed also by Bandit traps and other breach denial ops. Ace is a two speed/two armor operator.


Melusi is a defender with a bulletproof sonic device that slows attackers as they enter its area of effect (AOE). The device can be destroyed with explosives or a melee, but cannot be shot to be destroyed. 

The Banshee device is triggered when an operator steps into its AOE but does not slow aiming, just movement speed. Melusi is a three speed/one armor operator.

‘Rainbow Six’ map

Continuing on a more recent trend, Ubisoft is delivering a re-imagined version of its House map, with widened rooms, a closed-off side of garage and finished construction sites.

The map has been expanded to give players more room to breathe and skirmish.

‘Siege’ new defender gadget

Ubisoft has introduced a new gadget for this upcoming season, the proximity sensor. The sensor emits a loud, shrill beep when attackers step into its AOE, alerting defenders to nearby presence. The device can be destroyed.

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