With clouds of ill-fortune covering the horizon, Rainbow Six Siege launches Operation Dread Factor to banish the darkness. Our newest Year 8 Operator, Fenrir, joins us from southern Sweden and adds his strength to the Redhammer squad. An innovative and calculating person, Fenrir brings with him the F-Natt Dread Mine, which releases a vision-reducing fear gas upon those nearby. Read the Patch Notes below for full details.
Despite his military discharge and his work with the enemy, Emil “Fenrir” Svensson didn’t strike me as malicious or hostile. My gut told me he deserved a chance to prove himself. He is single-minded and focused on possibility, which has made him an excellent soldier under my command.
“The F-NATT Dread Mine induces an emotional state that temporarily limits a person’s capacities – the effects are milder than I expected.”
The F-NATT DREAD MINE is a throwable device that sticks to walls, so it can be hidden in places where fear can fester. Fenrir comes equipped with 5 mines and can activate 3 at a time anywhere on the map.
Consulate has received various tech and gameplay updates this season which affect all floors and sites to create more opportunities and a more balanced map with added complexity. Attackers spawns have also received some love to reduce frustrations and allow for a safer approach. Overall, the goal of these changes is to reduce map control from the outside and force Attackers to spend more time inside.
Shooting Range is getting a new Aiming Lane that lets players test out weapons against moving targets to identify how the recoil and damage relates to in-game situations, and tweak and test their custom aiming options in real time.
In addition, players can now use a breakable wall in the Damage Lane to test the destruction-related damage of different weapons.
This new permanent playlist lets players hop into Arcade modes for some quick matches that differ from the norm. Game modes coming to this playlist are Headshots Only, Snipers Only, Golden Gun, and Deathmatch.
Also releasing in the Arcade playlist Free For All, a new and teamless game mode where everyone is an opponent.
NEW GADGET: OBSERVATION BLOCKER
The Observation Blocker is an intel-denial gadget that projects a digital barrier which blocks the line of sight for opponent drones and Observation Tools so they can't spot Operators and devices on the other side.
The Observation Blocker's digital barrier is only visible from a drone or Observation Tool and can't be seen by or affect Operators themselves.
Grim's changes this season aim at making the Kawan Hive Launcher more responsive by reducing its equip time and increasing the rate of fire so it can fill an area quicker than before. In addition, Kawan Hives now release their charges faster, allowing a well-placed Hive to better catch nearby Defenders. To keep this change well-balanced, Hives are vulnerable to more damage types so that a quick Defender can still destroy the Hive before a swarm is released. Once released, the swarms are now bigger and stay longer, but they track a Defender for less time once the Defender has stepped outside of the swarm.
Additionally, Grim's loadout is being modified to increase flexibility and allow for more creative ways to use his unique ability.
NEW CONTROLLER LAYOUTS
There are three new controller layouts coming this season that bring alternate inputs for shooting, crouching, and leaning. These new layouts aim to tackle difficulties reported to cause discomfort and make Siege a more comfortable gaming experience for everyone.
Players can find the new layouts in the Controller Layouts section of the Options menu, where input changes from the default layout are highlighted for quick reference.
FREE CAMERA IN MATCH REPLAY
Match Replay now lets players use a free camera to look at recorded footage from any angle to review strategies and create content.
During the Post-Action Report, Squad members can let the Squad Leader know that they're ready to play with the click of a button, and Squad Leaders will be able to skip the remaining timer and begin matchmaking.
With every season, select Operators get a price decrease, and Operation Dread Factor is no exception! Going down to 10,000 Renown or 240 R6 Credits are Operators Ace and Melusi. Thunderbird’s price is decreasing to 15,000 Renown or 360 R6 Credits. Finally, Sens is now priced at 20,000 Renown or 480 R6 Credits.
Keep a tight grip on your power, lest it flows out and consumes all! Get your hands on the Bound Fury Bundle, which includes the Wicked Reckoning weapon and attachment skin, the Life and Bane charm, and the Fear Obsession operator card background. The seasonal weapon skin will be released at the season launch and available for purchase throughout the season. Once unlocked, it remains in your inventory indefinitely and can be applied to all available weapons.
Additional Loadout Changes