Following the launch of Operation Chimera, Ubisoft is moving to the next season of its hit tactical shooter, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege. After a diverging from its traditional content structure with a zombies-themed Outbreak event, the next drop is set to return to the established formula.

Although Ubisoft is yet to break down the next season of Rainbow Six Siege, leaks and announcements establish a strong foundation for what to expect. We've wrapped up everything we know so far about Rainbow Six Siege's forthcoming unnamed expansion, currently known as Year 3, Season 2.

New Operators: Alibi and Maestro

Like previous seasons of Rainbow Six Siege content, Ubisoft has confirmed two new Operators will debut with the second season of Year 3, both Operators hailing from an Italian counterterrorism unit.

While Ubisoft is yet to heavily discuss upcoming Operators, a significant leak back in March provided a possible insight into what to expect. Venturing into the game's files after a minor patch, players uncovered introductory videos for two unannounced characters, with placeholder names of "Alibi" and "Maestro." Tied to the "Gruppo di intervento speciale" under the Italian Carabinieri military police, these Operators are expected to soon make their arrival.

Based on the introductory video, Alibi is presumed to be a defending Operator, utilizing hologram-style ability to deceive foes. Backed up by prior findings where holograms were referenced by game files, these factors make a compelling case for her existence.

Maestro is an Operator focused on heavy firepower, likely with level three armor and level one speed. Wearing heavy ammunition on his belt, players can expect to go in guns-blazing when using his gadgets. Game files have pointed toward the inclusion a deployable "Barrage" automatic turret, with an effect on his movement.

Files also point toward the inclusion of several new weapons between these Operators. Alibi is expected to wield the Storm MX4 submachine gun, while Maestro is rumored to carry a CETME Ameli light machine gun. References to the Baliff410 and Rhino D40 have also be found, which are likely two new revolvers.

For those with Rainbow Six Siege's Year 3 Pass, both Operators should be available at no additional cost at launch. Seven days after the update goes live, these Operators will be available to the public using Renown or R6 Credits.

New multiplayer maps: Italian locale and Clubhouse upgrade

Ubisoft has confirmed Year 3 Season 2 will also bring a new map to multiplayer, tied into the Italian setting. Although significant details are yet to be shared, expect this to deliver a familiar blend of tight close-quarters gameplay and destruction you've come to expect from Rainbow Six Siege.

As discussed at the Six Invitationals in February, this season is also on track to deliver a "buff" of the existing Clubhouse map. Addressing player feedback and data, changes are being made to the map's layout to improve balancing and flow.

Some of the biggest changes include a new hallway between the upper floors, connecting the bedroom and the cash room. New walls have also been added to the bar, breaking apart the environment into smaller sectors.

As seen with previous Rainbow Six Siege seasons, both new maps will be available to all players upon the update's arrival. These will be provided via a mandatory download distributed for free.

New systems: New anti-toxicity measures

Ubisoft recently outlined upcoming anti-toxicity measures for Rainbow Six Siege, set to be deployed over the coming months. Addressing player concerns around the increasingly hostile player base, investments being made to counter toxic player behavior.

Season 2 is set to deliver a new system with improved tracking and punishing for team killing, by patching flaws in the current system. While the game's current implementation punishes players for repeat teamkills, Ubisoft pledges to improve this system on a wider scale. Few details have been provided but the system is set to better track "long-term offenders across multiple games and sessions," while cracking down on exploits.

Future updates are set to improve upon these anti-toxicity measures, including new options for moderating in-game chat and avoiding this negative player behavior.

What's next for Rainbow Six Siege

While official word on the next season of Rainbow Six Siege content is scarce, more details are expected in the months ahead. How do you think the next season is shaping up? Drop into the comments section below with your thoughts.