Published on February 17th, 2020 | by Adrian Gunning

TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW SIX SIEGE Unveils Its Year 5 And Year 6 Plans At Six Invitational 2020

Today at Six Invitational 2020, Ubisoft® unveiled the Year 5 and Year 6 plans for Tom Clancy’s® Rainbow Six Siege, presenting the future of the game. The focus of the two upcoming years is to implement major game updates that have a direct impact on player experience, including both map and Operator reworks, alongside in-game events for players to always have something new to discover in Rainbow Six Siege.

Transition to this new model will start with a hybrid Year 5: the first two seasons will stay in the current format, with two Operators and a map rework; while the second half of the year will introduce the Year 6 format. In Year 6, each season will introduce one new Operator and plenty of free content available for all players: a map rework, a limited-time event, along with major core gameplay updates. A Battle Pass will also be available each season, starting with Operation Void Edge.


For the future, the focus is on the core gameplay of Siege, fundamental elements that have a direct impact on every player. The following points will be the priority target:

  • Get players more invested in the preparation and support phases
  • Expand player agency
  • Reinvest in existing content such as maps and operators
  • Create content and rework existing content that effects the way players engage with the environment and other players

For example, a smart ping system will be implemented to improve communication in teams, mostly for players who can’t or prefer not to use voice chat. There will also be more secondary gadgets available to all Operators, and many more updates are currently being tested and will release during Year 5 and Year 6.


Reworks are major changes that affect how Operators are utilized and redefine their entire gameplay. In Year 5, Tachanka will be the first Operator completely reworked, and others will follow in the upcoming seasons.


Year 4 was already rich in terms of in-game events with Rainbow is Magic, Showdown, Doktor’s Curse, and Road to SI. In both Year 5 and Year 6, there will, again, be one major in-game event during each season. These events propose a unique gameplay shift, offering a refreshing and innovative experience to all players. In addition, weekend-only Arcade Playlists are also coming to the game. The first Arcade Playlist, Golden Gun, will happen during Y5S1, and more are planned, starting Y5S3.

Other changes for Year 5 and 6 have already been announced:

  • Map ban, to offer players a better control on the map they will play
  • Reputation system, a transparent system where players are rewarded or sanctioned based on their behaviors in-game

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About the Author'

Adrian lives in Melbourne Australia and has a huge passion for gaming, technology and pop culture. He recently finished his a Bachelor of Journalism and is currently focusing on games journalism. When not writing and playing video games, Adrian can be found in Comics 'R' Us debating the pros of the DC Universe and cons of the Marvel Universe.

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