Rainbow Six Siege 'Road to SI 2020': Everything you need to know

Rainbow Six Siege Six Invitational 2020
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Ubisoft has kicked off the "Road to S.I. 2020," its latest mid-season event for Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege, preluding the Six Invitational 2020 in Montreal, Canada. It celebrates the annual homecoming for the hit multiplayer shooter, hosting one week of competitive play, with the world's top 16 professional teams fighting for the champion title. And for Rainbow Six Siege players back home, the Road to S.I. 2020 provides over a month of action in the run-up to the tournament.

The Road to S.I. 2020 is now live in Rainbow Six Siege, introducing a new mode themed around the Six Invitational, accompanied by the new Stadium map, and a ton of cosmetic content. We've wrapped up everything you need to know about the Road to Six Invitational 2020.

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What is Rainbow Six Siege's Six Invitational event?

Rainbow Six Siege Battle Pass

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Rainbow Six Siege's new Six Invitational 2020 event, titled the Road to S.I. 2020, introduces a new limited-time mode for players on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. It sets out to emulate the ultra-competitive ruleset featured in the official Rainbow Six Pro League, including signatures from Ranked play like the Pick and Ban system. This also pairs with the Battle Pass, providing 35 tiers of rewards across "Free" and "Premium" tracks.

While Ubisoft hosted a similar experience last year, the Road to S.I. 2020 demonstrates increased resources from the studio, supported by ever-growing franchise lore. It opened the event with "The Program," a new CGI short that sets the stage, focused on new Team Rainbow leader Harry "Six" Pandey. A restored Greek stadium is the backdrop for the Olympic-style tournament, exploring inner rivalries among the counterterrorism squad.

Rainbow Six Siege 'Road to SI 2020' dates and times

Road to S.I. 2020 first started on January 15, with Ubisoft slated to conclude the event on February 16. However, the playlist won't be accessible throughout the full one-month period, limited to weekends only. That provides five weekends to play, before wrapping alongside the Six Invitational 2020. The full schedule is located below:

  • Week One: January 15 — January 19, 2020
  • Week Two: January 23 — January 26, 2020
  • Week Three: January 30 — February 2, 2020
  • Week Four: February 6 — February 9, 2020
  • Week Five: February 13 — February 16, 2020

Ubisoft is yet to confirm exact timings for future Road to S.I. 2020 sessions.

Rainbow Six Siege 'Road to SI 2020' Stadium map and mode

Rainbow Six Siege 'Road to SI 2020' Stadium Map

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The star of the Road to S.I. 2020 is the new Stadium map, a custom-built training setup housed within an Olympic-style sporting arena. The limited-time setting primarily serves as a mashup of Rainbow Six Siege landmarks, compiling key sites from the existing map pool into a single locale. Portions of the map flow similarly to Hereford Base, Oregon, and Kanal, seemingly all referenced in this new modular kill house.

The Stadium map can be experienced exclusively on Bomb, given a focus on Six Invitational 2020 rules. The mode features Pick and Ban, similarly to Ranked matches, allowing teams to eliminate select Operators before the first round. Various other parameter tweaks are in play, aligning gameplay closer to the big screen.

The Road to S.I. 2020 features all existing 52 Operators, retaining the balance of the current Ranked scene. Players can play all Operators throughout the mode, even if not purchased in the main game. However, it also introduces new skins automatically equipped to select heroes, suited in national sporting attire. On attack, cosmetics apply for Thermite, Sledge, Hibana, Blitz, and Thatcher, while defenders include Pulse, Caveira, and Mozzie. Each Operator features custom Operator cards, animations, and voice lines too.

Rainbow Six Siege 'Road to SI 2020' Battle Pass

Rainbow Six Siege Road to SI 2020 Battle Pass

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The Road to S.I. 2020 also marks the arrival of the full-fledged Rainbow Six Battle Pass, introducing a 35-tier progression system, spanning 33 days. Players can progress the ranks by playing Rainbow Six Siege and completing Challenges to earn Battle Points. Milestones in the Battle Pass are rewarded via various in-game cosmetics, including weapon skins, charms, headgear, and uniforms.

The Rainbow Six Road to S.I. 2020 Battle Pass is split across two tiers. A free tier features charms, skins, headgears, and packs, alongside a content-packed "Premium" track with 35 exclusive rewards up for grabs. The Premium Battle Pass costs 1,200 R6 Credits to access, or 2,400 R6 Credits with a 12-tier advantage.

The full Rainbow Six Siege Battle Pass is now accessible via the game's main menu.

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