Last weekend, Ubisoft lifted the veil on the next big update for Rainbow Six: Siege. Dubbed Operation Para Bellum, the update comes to PS4, Xbox One and PC this June and will kick off the second season of Year 3 on the multiplayer tactical shooter.
Operation Para Bellum will include two new Operators – Alibi and Maestro – an additional map and a variety of othjer changes in what the publisher is calling “one of the largest content updates yet” for the game.
Alibi and Maestro were unveiled in the weeks leading up to the Pro League Finals of Rainbow Six: Siege. Maestro can lay down a bulletproof turret for suppression that can also see through smoke while Alibi can distract opponents with holographic decoys that are great for setting up a mean ambush.
The new map, called Villa, is a luxurious mansion set in the Italian countryside that’s owned by the notorious Vinciguerra crime family that’s deep into smuggling activity. "Players will arrive at Villa during a key moment: Vinciguerras are burning documents and transporting their holdings before the big raid. But they've got wind of Operation Para Bellum and fled, leaving everything in disarray with vital information ready for the taking," Ubisoft says.
In addition to the new content, Operation Para Bellum will make a number of gameplay and balance tweaks. Existing Operators will be getting some adjustments to speed, while Echo will receive a second Yokai drone to use. Para Bellum will also introducing a new Pick & Ban system, which has players trying to counter their opponent's choices by banning certain Operators from play, adding an extra layer of strategy.
Before the Operation Para Bellum update arrives in the live game, PC players will have a chance to try on the Rainbow Six Siege test server beginning today, May 22. However, Ubisoft notes that "a consistent gameplay experience is not guaranteed on the Test Server."