What you need to know

  • The 'Showdown' Wild West-themed event is now live for tactical shooter, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege.
  • The Western Showdown event packs a bank robbery three-versus-three objective-based mode, alongside exclusive cosmetics.
  • The mode runs from July 2 until July 16 as a free game update.

Updated July 2, 2019: Rainbow Six Siege's new Showdown mode is now live on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PCs. This three-versus-three Secure Area mode features a limited-time western theme, alongside the new Fort Truth map.

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege will soon receive its next mid-season event, with a fresh twist on Ubisoft's hit tactical shooter. Continued traces of unreleased content suggest a Wild West-themed multiplayer mode in development, pitting lawmen against bandits for a high-stakes bank robbery. The newly-updated Rainbow Six Siege website now features a Western Showdown mini-game, providing first official confirmation of its imminent arrival.

The first hint of the Wild West event surfaced back in May, tailing the reveal of Operation Phantom Sight. Keen-eyed players uncovered nine unreleased western cosmetics via Technical Test Server (TTS) files (via coreross), alluding to themed packs launching beside the mode. Last month also saw unreleased audio files hit Reddit, with narration referencing the Graveltop gang and an ongoing bank robbery.

The law was coming but the Graveltop gang wouldn't give up what they had stolen without a fair fight. Bank robbery had set the law and the Graveltop gang at odds. The Graveltop gang's got the gold locked up tight, and it was up to the law to change that. Now, this here's a tale not but a few can tell.

The law was fighting the Graveltop gang in our very own town. The gold was as good as theirs – all they had to do was keep the law at bay until the horses were brought around. The law and the Graveltop gang never seemed to see eye to eye. But one robbery was all it took to push them over the edge.

The existence of Rainbow Six Siege's Wild West is yet to be confirmed, though new changes to its official site indicate a looming release. Select regions can now play a Wild West point-and-click mini-game, revealing a lineup of ten playable Operators corresponding with prior cosmetic leaks. Diving deeper also uncovers reference to a "Western Showdown," a likely candidate for the event's title.

The event follows the April Fools "Rainbow is Magic" mode, putting a toy soldiers spin on the Plane multiplayer map. The Western Showdown mode should similarly serve one reskinned multiplayer level, alongside premium paid cosmetic packs. Bank appears a likely candidate, with a rework of the Secure Area mode. Attackers can expect Ash, Capitão, Glaz, Maverick, and Twitch, while defenders will play as Alibi, Caveira, Kaid, Maestro, and Rook.

Expect more details on the Wild West event over the coming days, headed to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC.

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