When is Rainbow Six Siege Steel Wave's release date?

Rainbow Six Siege Ace
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When is Rainbow Six Siege Steel Wave's release date?

Best answer: Rainbow Six Siege Operation Steel Wave has an official June 16, 2020 release date for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. However, for access to new Operators Ace and Melusi at launch, you'll need the latest Year 5 Pass.Early Operator access: Rainbow Six Siege Year 5 Pass ($25 at Amazon)

Operation Steel Wave soon hits Rainbow Six Siege

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege receives Operation Steel Wave this June, the next milestone update headed to Ubisoft's hit tactical shooter. The latest multiplayer refresh melds alloy with water, introducing two recruits, diversifying the Operator roster through hard-breaching and trap abilities. That comes alongside the House map rework, the first of Ubisoft's casual-oriented map revisions, improved with new visuals and balancing adjustments.

New Operators Ace and Melusi headline the forthcoming additions, as the latest duo enlisting alongside the counterterrorism elites, with new abilities in tow. The update makes the final to include two specialists, with remaining Year 5 plans (and beyond) committing to just one Operator, as focus shifts to additional features.

Ace brings the hydraulic SELMA charge, the Norwegian search and rescue veteran turned hard breacher, as the latest to accompany Thermite, Hibana, and Maverick. South African defender Melusi boasts a new proximity-based gadget, slowing enemies by emitting a soundwave and offering a bulletproof alternative to barbed wire.

Rainbow Six Siege Ace SELMA Breach

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Steel Wave also marks the House rework's arrival, bringing sizeable renovations to the beloved multiplayer map. While a Rainbow Six Siege staple, first featured during the game's E3 2014 reveal, its small floorplan and restricted movement saw the locale side-lined for most Year 4. The House rework tackles these complaints through a new visual palette, expanded layout, and other changes. However, unlike past reworks, Ubisoft tailors House to the casual audience, with no plans for an Unranked and Ranked arrival.

New balancing changes also debut with Steel Wave, making adjustments to Amaru and her grappling hook ability. The update reduces her recovery time upon landing, now raising her weapons faster, with greater aim control mid-flight. The Garra Hook breaks barricades as Amaru enters them, while capable of climbing hatches without shooting them out beforehand. An extensive list of Operators also sees loadout changes, including the new Proximity Alarm, as outlined in the full patch notes.

Operation Steel Wave saw its unveiling on May 18, 2020, followed by an early access trial via the Test Server (TS) on PC. The period allowed Ubisoft to wrangle remaining bugs and balancing issues, ahead of live server deployment. And with Steel Wave nearly ready to launch, the developer has outlined a release date.

Rainbow Six Siege Operation Steel Wave release date and time

Rainbow Six Siege Melusi

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Ubisoft has now provided a firm release date and time for the deployment of Operation Steel Wave. First detailed on via Rainbow Six on Twitter, the update is scheduled to release on June 16, 2020. Ubisoft will deliver a staged, per-platform rollout, spanning 8 AM ET to 11 AM ET. Xbox One gains priority, followed by PlayStation 4, and PC to wrap.

  • Xbox One: 8 AM - 9 AM ET (1 PM - 2 PM BST)
  • PS4: 9 AM - 10 AM ET (2 PM - 3 PM BST)
  • PC: 10 AM - 11 AM ET (3 PM - 4 PM BST)

While Operation Steel Wave targets June 16, new Operators Ace and Melusi will be exclusive to Year 5 Pass or Uplay+ subscribers for the opening week.

The Year 5 Pass provides access to all new 2020 Operators, alongside a ton of exclusive cosmetics and bonuses, while also clocking in cheaper than past versions. The Rainbow Six Siege Year 5 Pass is now available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, priced at $25 via Amazon.

Matt Brown

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