A new operation has begun inside of Rainbow Six: Siege‘s online-focused arena. They call it Operation Steel Wave, and it brings new content to the ever popular tactical shooter.

What’s important to note is that only folks who’ve purchased the game’s Year 5 Pass are currently able to take part in Operation Steel Wave. Others will have to wait until June 23rd, at which point they’ll be able to buy the new operators using in-game credit. Meanwhile, Year 5 Season 2 will welcome its Battle Pass “Tour de Force” on the 29th.

So, what does this new Operation offer in terms of content?

Two new operators:

Norwegian Attacker Ace is equipped with S.E.L.M.A., a throwable and stickable device that will stick to any vertical surface and slowly destroy up to 3 panels, one after the other. The S.E.L.M.A. gadget can also be thrown at almost any defensive gadget and destroy it with its arms or water explosive.

South African Defender Melusi is equipped with Banshee deployable electronic gadgets. It applies a slowing effect to any Attackers that are in range and direct line of sight. The Banshee can also be used as an intel gadget as it produces an identifiable sound when an attacker enters its range.

A new map:

The reworked House map is currently free for use by all players.The homeowners have expanded their family and their floorplan, with a large two-story addition adding new objective sites and entry points for players to contend with. Additional changes can be experienced throughout the map, all with the intent of evolving the gameplay meta.

A new Defender secondary gadget – the Proximity Alarm. The small, throwable sticky gadget is an essential intel-gathering tool that loudly alerts Defenders of an oncoming Attacker in its line of sight.

Additional game updates include the following:

  • Unified MMR
  • Amaru Buff
  • Addition of Echo Elite set

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