What you need to know
- Ubisoft has unveiled its latest Rainbow Six Siege update, Operation Shifting Tides.
- Shifting Tides debuts new Operators Kali and Wamai, alongside a Theme Park rework.
- The update is scheduled for PC TTS testing on November 11, with an expected early December launch.
Ubisoft has unveiled Operation Shifting Tides, detailing its latest wave of content headed to Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege. The final seasonal update of 2019 delivers new Operators Kali and Wamai, accompanied by a reworked Theme Park.
Taking to the Rainbow Six Siege Pro League Finals, Ubisoft detailed two new playable Operators on the horizon, under the Nighthaven Special Intervention Group. Kali leads the charge as a fresh Indian attacker, equipped with the CSRX-300 bolt-action sniper rifle, boasting high-damage capable of instantly downing foes. It doubles with the new LV Explosive Lance, an underslung launcher capable of eradicating gadgets either side of soft and reinforced walls. She provides a much-needed alternative to Thatcher, especially valuable as Pick and Ban finds its home in Ranked.
Holding the defensive line in new Kenyan specialist Wamai, with an alternative anti-projectile gadget set to rival existing Operator Jager. The Mag-NET system provides a creative solution to countering throwables and launchers, capturing device mid-flight, resetting their timer, and detonating them from a new position. Pairing that interruption with smart positioning can turn gadgetry back on attackers, rather than the binary counter offered by Jager.
Ubisoft also debuts its Theme Park rework under Shifting Tides, among the latest of map refreshes in Year 4. With a focus on improving its identity and competitive flow, it brings a drastic shift in tone, shaking up its texture palette with a traditional vibrant Hong Kong aesthetic. The map also abandons contentious elements of the original 2017 design, removing the Rail Platform and blocking Arcade Entrance. The dark and grungy Gargoyle and Haunting Dining are retired too, now substituted with the Throne Room and Armory.
While Ubisoft hasn't unveiled a formal release date for Rainbow Six Siege Operation Shifting Tides, it makes a Technical Test Server (TTS) debut on November 11, 2019. Three weeks of testing indicates a release around December 3, hitting Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.
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Matt Brown is Windows Central's Senior Games Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.
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