Rainbow Six Siege Year 3 was never in doubt after the remarkable success of the second year of content, which saw the PC player base soar from 20,000 concurrent players at the start of 2016, to 100,000 by December. That means another year of tactical multiplayer goodness, eight new operators, new maps, and a few surprises for good measure.
Here is our guide to the best Rainbow Six Siege operators.
Ubisoft are adopting a very similar formula for the Rainbow Six Siege Year 3 Pass to the one available for both Year 1 and Year 2. However, the season structure is a little different this year with the addition of map reworks and the upcoming Outbreak co-op event. Here is a full breakdown of Rainbow Six Siege Year 3, from everything included in the Year 3 Pass to the upcoming maps and operators.
Rainbow Six Siege Year 3 Pass
As ever, the Rainbow Six Siege Year 3 Pass gives you a bunch of bonuses to Alpha Pack drop rates and Renown gain, a week’s exclusive access to each new season of operators, and some special uniforms and headgear options to boot. You can pick the Year 3 Pass up on Steam for $29.99/£26.99.
Here is the full breakdown of the Rainbow Six Siege Year 3 Pass:
- 8 new Year 3 operators with seven-day early access
- 8 exclusive headgear and uniforms
- R6 Meteorite Charm
- 600 R6 Credits
- 10% discount in the in-game shop for any purchases made with Renown or R6 Credits
- 5% Renown boost
- 0.3% Alpha Pack boost
- Damascus Steel Signature weapon skin if you purchase before Year 3 Season 1
- Bonus 600 R6 Credits if you already hold a Year 2 Pass
Rainbow Six Siege Year 3 operators
While their exact identities remain elusive, we do know the nationalities of the upcoming Rainbow Six Siege Year 3 operators. The first new season’s operators hail from France and Russia, and will specialise in quarantine and biohazard. The French Year 3 operator will likely come from the GIGN, however the Russian Year 3 operator could come from either Spetsnaz or the Russian Radiation, Chemical, and Biological Protection Troops.
Year 3 Season 2 will feature two Italian CIS operators. An American operator from Delta Force and a British operator from Scotland Yard will make up the third season of Rainbow Six Siege Year 3. The final pair of Rainbow Six Siege Year 3 operators will be from the Moroccan GIGR, a branch of the Royal Moroccan Gendarmerie who are experts in unconventional warfare.
Rainbow Six Siege Year 3 roadmap
A new Rainbow Six Siege season contains a great deal more than operators, and Year 3 appears to break from the traditional season formula a great deal more than previous years. Ubisoft have released a basic breakdown of the Rainbow Six Siege Year 3 roadmap, which includes two unexpected diversions in the form of Outbreak and a map rework.
Ubisoft have spoken before about reaching their data limit in terms of maps, so the decision to rework a map in Season 3 rather than add one makes a great deal of sense. As for which map might be getting reworked? Our guess is either Hereford Base - as Season 3 features a new British operator - or one of the maps that were removed from the game’s casual and ranked playlists: Yacht and Favela.
The other interesting addition, of course, is Mission Outbreak, the mysterious co-op PvE event that will last for four weeks. While new maps will be introduced as part of the event, Outbreak is only live for a month, so their impact on the game’s data limit should be limited. For more information on this new mode as it is teased by Ubisoft, check out everything we know about Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak.
There is a major omission from the Rainbow Six Siege Year 3 roadmap, too. For the previous two years, each season has featured a mid-season reinforcements patch with kit changes for some operators and a headline buff intended to reintroduce maligned operators to the competitive meta. It is likely that these patches are only absent because the roadmap was announced so early. Judging by the numerous mentions of planned buffs, reworks, and nerfs from Ubisoft Montreal staff it is safe to say they will stay on top of the meta, although that might not necessarily take the form of mid-season updates.
That is it for Rainbow Six Siege Year 3. Excited for another four seasons of operators and updates? Sound off in the comments below.