Rainbow Six Siege proudly presents the fourth season of Year 7 by initiating Operation Solar Raid! Hailing from warm and colorful Colombia, the latest to integrate with team Rainbow is Operator Solis. A technological specialist, Solis brings advanced computer knowledge, and uses her SPEC-IO Electro-Sensor's augmented reality to relay precise battlefield information to her team with a flick of her fingers. Read the Patch Notes below for full details.
I had my doubts about Ana “Solis” Díaz because of her need for absolute clarity, but her questions and requests are easy to accommodate if you have nothing to hide. She knows when a line has been drawn, and she’s smart enough to decide whether it needs to be crossed.
“An updated prototype. The SPEC-IO Electro-Sensor is the latest in electronic detection, perfect to gather intel for coordinated strategy.”
The truth comes to light with Solis' SPEC-IO Electro-Sensor, a new gadget detection device for Defense operatives. With the ability to mark and ping opponents' electronic devices, there is nowhere to hide.
It’s time to move in on Nighthaven’s laboratories and see what they were cooking up all this time! This off-coast location is the point of origin for many technological marvels, and you might find yourself just as inspired by the open sea, green cliffs and clear sky. If nature isn’t your thing, you’re sure to be seduced by the immaculate architecture and many prototypes on display.
Made to meet all the needs of an active and growing company, the modern interior features sections both functional and industrial, with helpful signage around the facility to help employees find their way around.
With many access points and a total of five stairs connecting the three floors, this facility allows for free navigational flow, especially if you’re carrying the ordnance to take down its many breakable walls. Both Attackers and Defenders will have to avoid getting too comfortable, or they could easily be flanked and lose their position.
Watch for unusual opportunities like the runout hatch just outside Meeting Room, and you’ll find this map is made for creative strategies!
Nighthaven Labs is coming to all playlists with Operation Solar Raid.
Now you can log into your Ubisoft Connect account and get your content no matter where you want to play from. With cross-progression, your progress, currencies, and items are shared across all platforms. Additionally, your Ubisoft Connect account will get 1 free Alpha Pack. For more info on how your saved data is synchronized, visit the Cross-Platform Data Migration blogpost.
This season also brings crossplay to console players. Now you can play with players from other consoles and Squad up with friends via Ubisoft Connect. Players who wish to opt out of crossplay can turn off Crossplay Matchmaking in the Options menu.
The Reputation Score enters its beta this season, letting players see their Reputation Standing for the first time since the system deployed in June 2020. With the beta, players can learn what their Standing is without receiving any positive or negative effects based on that Standing. This gives all players time to learn what effects their Standing could have in the future and adapt to the new system before receiving any impacts.
Reputation Standings are a placement given to each player that shows them how their in-game actions are viewed. The goal is to provide feedback to our players and promote healthy interactions, while discouraging toxicity. In the future, this may look like rewards and boosted in-game earnings for positive Standings, and restrictions for negative ones.
There are 5 Standings, with one being the lowest and five being the highest. These Standings aren't shared with other players met in-game.
REPUTATION SECTION CHANGES
The Reputation section now shows a player's Reputation Standing in addition to active Reputation Penalties, such as Reverse Friendly Fire and Muted Text Chat.
HOW IT WORKS GUIDE
We've added a How it Works guide to the Reputation section for quick access to information on the Reputation system. This guide also outlines some potential positive or negative impacts that Reputation Standings could have in the full release.
REPUTATION TILE UPDATE
The Reputation tile on the Home section is being updated to show a player's Reputation Standing in addition to active Reputation Penalties. Players can continue to use this tile to access Reputation section.
This season brings a new experience to the Ranked playlist, with quite a few changes:
Your rank is no longer decided by your MMR, but by how many Rank Points you win or lose after every Ranked match.
With MMR split off from your rank, it's now being called skill. While it no longer decides your rank, it does determine how quickly you rank up.
Lastly, Ranked is getting a revamped reward system.
Battle Pass has evolved from its linear system into one with branching paths. Now you can plan your progression and get the rewards you want faster. No matter which path you take first, you'll still be able to unlock all the tiles and complete your Battle Pass.
All tiles contain Battle Pass exclusive cosmetic rewards or Alpha Packs, Bravo Packs, Renown Boosters, Battle Point boosters and R6 credits. Premium Pass holders get a reward from every tile alongside additional bonuses.
New to the Shooting Range this season are the Shooting Records. These records track every weapon and attachment that a player has tested, so they can compare the recoil patterns and damage of different loadouts from the comfort of a single menu.
Players can access their Shooting Records in the Shooting Range by pressing the same input used for the Scoreboard.
TEAM COLORS UPDATE
Team color customization is expanding to Operator devices and Observation Tools. Now, the color preferences are reflected in the visuals of devices to help players identify what is owned by a teammate and what belongs to an opponent. For Observation Tools, the LEDs now match the chosen team colors, so players can recognize if it's in use by a friendly or a foe.
NO FRIENDLY FIRE IN PREP PHASE
Friendly fire was revisited to realign it to its intended purpose: creating a fair experience for everyone. Having friendly fire active during the Preparation Phase has been counter to this purpose, and so we've removed it from that part of the match. By doing this, we aim to reduce disruptive behaviors and the impact of minor mistakes.
Players can still turn friendly fire on in the Preparation Phase of their Custom Games with a new match setting: Friendly Fire in Prep Phase.
MAP BAN UPDATE
During Operation Solar Raid, the new map, Nighthaven Labs, cannot be banned — it'll still appear during the Ban Phase but can't be selected. This change is to ensure that all players get to learn and play on the new map throughout the season.
SWITCH ABILITY MODE UPDATE
For Zofia and Capitao, switch ability mode can now be activated without first equipping the device, letting players decide their ammo type in advance.
BOMB SITE MARKER UPDATE
Discovered bomb site markers now stay on the HUD after dropping the defuser. Their color will also update to show that they're no longer the primary objective. Prior to this change, the bomb site markers would disappear and cause some confusion, particularly for newcomers. This change aims to reduce that confusion and help newcomers understand their objective.
DRONE STRAFE SPEED (CONTROLLER)
The drone speed while strafing diagonally is no longer slowed down when using a controller. Drones will now move at full speed in all directions, the same as they do when using mouse and keyboard.
To rebalance the relationship between Operator speed and health, all Operators now move at the same speed while aiming down sights. Previously, slow Operators were at a disadvantage because one headshot eliminates them regardless of health, and many Operators are faster than them in firefights. This change aims to level out the playing field because speed no longer brings an advantage to ADS.
After many late nights in the workshop, drone skins are ready to see the light of day! Skins will start rolling out for the various Operator drones, allowing players to personalize their favorite machines. New menu options are being added to access this customization.
As with every season, Operation Solar Raid brings a price decrease for specific Operators. Kali and Wamai are dropping to 10,000 Renown or 240 R6 Credits, Aruni is changing to 15,000 Renown or 360 R6 Credits, and Thorn will now cost 20,000 Renown or 480 R6 Credits. With these changes, now is a good time to discover new Operators and playstyles!
This season, Operation Solar Raid will uncover flashy new additions for your seasonal skin collection. Acquiring the Ardent Glow Bundle will unlock the Piercing Rays weapon and attachment skins, as well as the Lucent Reflector charm. The seasonal weapon skin will be released at season launch and is available for purchase throughout the season. Once unlocked, it remains in your inventory indefinitely and can be applied to all available weapons.