Rainbow Six Siege Operation Para Bellum announced, full reveal next week

Ubisoft has officially announced the next expansion on its way to Rainbow Six Siege, titled "Operation Para Bellum." Following Operation Chimera earlier this year, the new season adopts an Italian setting, delivering two new playable Operators, a new multiplayer map, and a variety of other content.

A blog post on the game's official site has formally broken down Operation Para Bellum, with details on content and changes in the pipeline. Simultaneously backing up several recent leaks, we now have a clearer picture of what's to come.

Like previous seasons, Ubisoft has confirmed two new Operators will soon debut, hailing from an Italian counterterrorism unit. While these upcoming Operators are yet to be heavily discussed, leaked images and game files have identified two new defenders to come. Alibi is presumed to utilize holograms to deceive foes, while Maestro is expected to use a remote-controlled fully-automatic turret.

Rainbow Six Siege Operation Para Bellum: Everything we know

Today's news was paired with official artwork, presumably providing a first look at the new multiplayer map. Featuring traditional Italian architecture surrounded by open fields, gameplay is likely centered around the building and surrounding courtyard.

Other additions this season include changes recently trialed on the game's Technical Test Server (TTS), including a fix for drop-shotting, a new counter defuser animation, a bulletproof camera and a buff to Echo. The previously unveiled Pick & Ban system will also be deployed, alongside improvements to the Clubhouse map.

Ubisoft is on track to formally unveil Operation Para Bellum at the Pro League Finals between May 19 to May 20. The expansion is estimated to release on June 5 or June 6, based on recent announcements.

Rainbow Six Siege Operation Para Bellum: Everything we know

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