What you need to know

  • Ubisoft is testing four Operator changes via its Technical Test Server for Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege.
  • Balancing changes affect Kaid, Twitch, Pulse, and Frost.
  • Notable switch-ups include a switch from Barbed Wire to C4 for Kaid, alongside a nerf to Twitch's F2 FAMAS.

Ubisoft is gearing up to launch Operation Phantom Sight, the next seasonal update headed to Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege. Nøkk and Warden headline this ghostly expansion, bringing abilities countering the growing pool of tactical gadgets. The update is also host to numerous changes, including an extensive Kafe map overhaul and existing Operator balancing.

Operation Phantom Sight debuts a full Glaz rework, nerfing his OTS-03 Optic thermal scope to function only once stationary. It's a substantial shift to how the flagship sniper plays, reducing his role in aggressive strategies. Now, a second wave of upcoming changes will further shake up combat, via newly deployed Operator balancing on the Technical Test Server (TTS) for PC.

The latest Phantom Sight TTS build packs changes targeting four existing Operators, altering both core abilities and accompanying firearms. Kaid's barbed wire has been switched to a C4, removing the ingrained synergy with his high-voltage Electroclaw gadget. It's a major change for the Wind Bastion anchor, further separating the role from his defensive ally, Bandit. Changes also target Twitch's fragging capabilities, alongside Pulse and Frost gadgets.

BALANCING CHANGES

  • NEW - Pulse: Decrease Pulse's Cardiac Sensor unequipping time.
  • NEW - Twitch: Change Famas recoil.
  • NEW - Kaid: Swap Barbed Wire for C4.
  • NEW - Frost: Reduce Frost traps HP.

Due to the pre-release nature of the TTS, it's uncertain these will transition to the final build, though clearly outline points for improvement at Ubisoft. However, such changes will alter the foundations of existing Operators, guaranteed to change up how and when they play.

Operation Phantom Sight is slated to launch in June 2019, following three weeks of early access testing via the TTS. In the meantime, don't miss our recent hands-on with Operation Phantom Sight's Nokk and Warden, alongside the new Kafe map rework.

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