Rainbow Six Siege HeroSource: Ubisoft

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege concludes its fourth rotation of annual updates in late 2019, scaling the thriving tactical shooter with free content. It's among Ubisoft's greatest success stories of the decade, recently surpassing 50 million lifetime players, continuing plans for 10-year support. Year 5 expected to further support that growth, diversifying gameplay and taking its competitive roots to new heights.

Here's everything we know about Ubisoft's Rainbow Six Siege Year 5 plans.

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Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege

Addictive, challenging shooter action

Ubisoft's hit shooter is hotter than ever, touting tense tactical gameplay, and regular free updates. With millions of players in 2019, Rainbow Six isn't slowing down.

Rainbow Six Siege Year 5 roadmap

Rainbow Six Siege Year 5 is expected to maintain Ubisoft's established seasonal template, delivering tri-monthly updates comprised of new playable Operators, multiplayer maps, among other gameplay changes. Its content roadmap is set to predate Year 5 Season 1, providing a brief overview of its annual content plans, including countries and locales.

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Ubisoft is yet to unveil planned counterterrorism units (CTUs) for Year 5, likely holding details for its full roadmap unveiling. However, as the final Year 4 update approaches, tease of future plans has surfaced.

Rainbow Six Siege Greece Harry TeaserSource: Ubisoft

Ubisoft kicked off its Year 4 unveiling with the introduction of Harishva "Harry" Pandey, the latest Team Rainbow kingpin, and central to future Operator lore. His introductory key art featured a pinboard laced with future content teases. Now looking back, the image provided first references to Phantom Sight and Ember Rise, but still stows one unsolved mystery.

The upper-right sector lies plastered in images of Athens ruins, labeled with the tagline "Project R6 Vision." The Parthenon temple, Odeon of Herodes Atticus theater, among other landmarks are visible, alongside an unfamiliar floorplan of a potential new locale.

Ubisoft's first Battle Pass dropped eight months later, once again featuring similar callbacks to Greece. The seven-day limited-time event served as a trial for future monetization plans, serving four exclusive weapon charms for hitting milestones. Dubbed "Call Me Harry," the Battle Pass alludes to the next major upcoming event.

Rainbow Six Siege Call Me Harry Battle PassSource: Windows Central

The initial Battle Pass charms centered on Harry's possessions, including a cryptic boarding card for a planned trip from London to Athens. "This is not a plane ticket," the description reads. "It's an invitation for a front row seat to the future of Rainbow. I call it The Program. You may well call it home." The same ticket also featured in Ubisoft's "The Hammer and the Scalpel" CGI trailer, alluding to some form of Athens-bound update.

Harry's voice recorder stars as an in-game charm, also starring in the same short. The device display features truncated file names, "STADIUM_RESTOR," "TEAM_CONSTIT," and "TRM_RULES." The phrase "... is something the world has never seen, a tournament of champ..." also appears, describing some form of competition. This may reference the restoration of the Panathenaic Stadium, host to the first Olympics in 1896, also located in Greece, Athens. And with the 2020 Olympics scheduled during Year 5, a future mid-season event isn't out of the question.

In late 2019, no reputable leaks have surfaced on Year 5 roadmap plans. However, many regions across the globe remain undiscovered, including Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, South Asia, and South Africa. As Ubisoft drops its second Battle Pass for Year 4 Season 4, expect further details on the future of Rainbow Six.

Rainbow Six Siege Year 5 Operators

Rainbow Six Siege Year 4Source: Ubisoft

Rainbow Six Siege Year 5 is expected to bring Operators to the playable roster, injecting fresh abilities to the game's ever-shifting meta. Expect eight new personas, each with distinct heritage and gameplay influences. And assuming the return of Year 5 Pass, this optional premium membership will grant seven-day early access to all Operators, later available via Renown or R6 Credits.

As Ubisoft shifts interests toward Greece, the potential for new Operators is evident. With no Greek references in-game, archives of past updates provide our prime candidate.

Rainbow Six Siege Galanos Greece TeaserSource: Ubisoft

Ubisoft deployed an major change to Glaz in early 2017, introducing his rifle's defining thermal scope. The Operation Velvet Shell mid-season reinforcements shaped a now-fundamental element for the Operator, also providing tease a Greek ally. Accompanying lore referenced collaboration with "Kure Galanos," first seen two decades prior in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear.

Selected to represent his country, Operator Timur "Glaz" Glazkov faced elite Corps from over 19 countries at the Worldwide Army Games. He lost the first spot at the Sniper competition to former Team Rainbow Operator Galanos, who represented Greece. Galanos is highly regarded in the field, having been decorated for a series of Operations (codename: Raven Shield) led in Rio de Janeiro. [...] After the sniping event, Glazkov discussed with her some ways to modernize one of her prized attachments for sniper rifles.

Given a recent appearance in Rainbow Six lore, today's Greek teasers frame Galanos as a fitting addition for Year 5. Glaz remains the only formal sniper, opening opportunity for an alternative with new traits. And with past involvement in the Worldwide Army Games, Harry's earlier mention of a "tournament of champions" doesn't pass unnoticed.

Rainbow Six Siege Year 5 release date and reveal

Much of Rainbow Six Siege Year 5 remains under wraps, expected to make its first formal appearance in February at the Six Invitational 2020. The Montreal-based event serves as the blockbuster homecoming for Ubisoft's shooter, host to its largest Rainbow Six Pro League final, and yearly content plans. The Year 5 roadmap and Season 1 are likely to feature, with dedicated panels on February 16, 2020.

Eyes on target

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege

Addictive, challenging shooter action

Ubisoft's hit shooter is hotter than ever, touting tense tactical gameplay, and regular free updates. With millions of players in 2019, Rainbow Six isn't slowing down.

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