On our GameSpot E3 2019 stage, we find out how the team plans to balance 100 operatives, and what else lies ahead for Rainbow Six Siege.Operation Phantom Sight introduces Nokk, a new Attacker armed with an FMG-9 and SIX12-SD who uses her high-tech HEL Presence Reduction gadget to navigate behind enemy lines, invisible to cameras and drones. OPS also introduces a new Defender, Warden, who uses his “Glance Smartglasses” to enhance his vision to give him better visibility in smoke and immunity to flashes while remaining still – he uses an M590A1 and MPX to make him a powerful anchor and entry denier.
Rainbow Six Siege Phantom Sight release date
Rainbow Six Siege updates stagger over three-month periods, with a June 11 release planned for Operation Phantom Sight. Year 4 first kicked off with Operation Burnt Horizon, bringing Gridlock and Mozzie to the Rainbow roster on March 6. Now, Phantom Sight is deploying on all platforms, as outlined below:
- PC: 9am EDT / 1pm UTC – 1 hour downtime
- PS4: 10am EDT / 2pm UTC – 1 hour downtime
- XB1: 10am EDT / 2pm UTC – 2 hours downtime
Once deployment concludes, Operation Phantom Sight will be playable via an update.
OPS also includes a major rework of the Kafe Dostoyevsky Moscow map, which includes a redesigned first floor, new bomb sites on the second floor, and other updates aimed to improve replayablity and gameplay opportunities. Other features that will be introduced in the new season include updates to Reverse Friendly Fire, a reworked ranked playlist and a new in-game storefront.
The test server (an alternate version of Rainbow Six Siege that allows players to test upcoming gameplay features) for OPS goes live on May 21 – this test server is exclusive to PC players. OPS is included as part of the Year 4 Passavailable on PC, PS4 and Xbox One, with two more seasons set to drop this year.
In our 2018 Rainbow Six Siege review, we called the game “Great” saying “Rainbow Six Siege’s focus on teamwork and strategy over just aiming prowess sets it apart in exciting ways, and the constant stream of new maps and operators have made it a wonderfully varied FPS.”
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Previously detailed in the Rainbow Six Siege 2019 roadmap, Operation Phantom Sight will shake up gameplay with two new playable Operators, Nøkk and Warden. However, unlike prior updates themed around counterterrorism units (CTUs), Year 4 delivers several multi-unit expansions. It helps serve the game’s most diverse annual roster so far, spanning seven CTUs.
For those with the Rainbow Six Siege Year 4 Pass, both Operators will be available on launch day for free. Seven days after the season’s deployment, these Operators can be purchased by everyone using Renown or premium R6 Credits.
Warden joins Rainbow with fitting ex-spy kit, using a pair of all-seeing smart glasses to counter throwables. The lenses negate flashbang and smoke effects instantly, guaranteeing clear vision during aggressive attacker pushes. Although Warden must stay stationary and combat the gadget’s timer, his three-armor, one-speed setup encourages a corresponding playstyle.
Warden also stows hard-hitting weaponry, led by the MPX submachine gun, previously seen as a top pick for Valkyrie. The M590A1 is also up for grabs alongside the P-10C pistol and SMG-12, assembling a well-rounded and adaptive package.With the full release of Phantom Sight slated for June 11, it’s still early days for the next Rainbow Six Siege update. As new details surface closer to the debut, we’ll be sure to update this article. In the meantime, drop into the comments section below with your thoughts on what lies ahead.