Ubisoft’s Rainbow Six Siege is rolling out yet another excellent update later today as the game looks to go from strength to strength in 2018.
Later today the game will release its next major update, Operation Para Bellum.
As part of this new content release, the game will get two new Defenders and a new map in the Year Three Season Two update.
Previously Ubisoft described the map as the “most competitive” to date. Only time will tell.
There’s also a new elite set for Thatcher, more weapon skins, a new Pick & Ban system all in addition to the usual tweaks and fixes for the game.
As with most Ubisoft Rainbow Six Siege launches, the content will be rolled out slowly for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Full details and times can be found just below the gallery.
Keep reading further down though for a full rundown of everything you need to know about Operation Para Bellum ahead of launch.
OPERATION PARA BELLUM RELEASE DATE/TIME
Ubisoft has said that operation Para Bellum will arrive on PS4, Xbox One and PC players later today, Thursday, June 7th.
This is a free update to the game, so no need to worry about buying it as extra DLC.
Ubisoft has also stated the times for which the game will undergo Scheduled Maintenance in order to roll out the update.
As mentioned, this will be staggered at the following times:
• PC: 9:00am EDT / 13:00 UTC / 14:00 BST
• PS4: 10:00am EDT / 14:00 UTC / 15:00 BST
• XB1: 11:00am EDT / 15:00 UTC / 16:00 BST
As with most updates of this nature, don’t take the above times as set in stone. Should any problems occur or downtime overrun, it will obviously impact the start of scheduled maintenance for the next platform.
Unfortunately, this means that Xbox One users are the most likely to experience delays to the launch.
OPERATION CHIMERA NEW OPERATOR 1
• Primary Weapon – Mx4 Storm, ACS12
• Secondary Weapon – KERATOS .357 Pistol, Bailiff 410 Pistol
• Gadget – Impact Grenade, Deployable Shield
• Speed – Fast
• Armour – Light
Alibi was born in Tripoli, Libya and immigrated with her family when she was three years old. Her father managed a small ordnance manufacturer, using his contacts to open up exports. She earned her understanding of Italian firearms through the family business and training on the shooting range. At 18, Alibi entered the European Championships, and won gold in two divisions. Following the event, a Carabinieri recruiter convinced her to join the police force.
Alibi’s precision shooting skills shot her up the ranks, and she served for a time with the elite Raggruppamento Operativo Speciale in fighting organized crime. She eventually earned a spot in the Gruppo Intervento Speciale (G.I.S.), and following a successful operation in Afghanistan despite being separated from her unit, she was singled out for undercover work in organized crime. She infiltrated the Vinciguerra Crime Family and spent several years among them before bringing them down from the inside.
UNIQUE ABILITY – PRISM
Prisma projects holograms identical to Alibi in an idle position. If you shoot or touch the holograms, you’ll be marked and pinged for the next few seconds. If Prisma is deployed outside, a false “Defender Outside” warning is triggered for Attackers. To add an element of surprise, Prisma conceals the identity of any Defender who ventures outside. Any bullet, melee, or explosives damages Prisma, and will shoot through the hologram. Be careful not to stand too close.
OPERATION CHIMERA NEW OPERATOR 2
• Primary Weapon – ALDA 5.56, ACS12
• Secondary Weapon – KERATOS .357 Pistol, Bailiff 410 Pistol
• Gadget – Barbed Wire, Deployable Shield
• Speed – Slow
• Armour – Heavy
Maestro is oldest in a family of eight children. He grew up in Rome, but attended the Military Academy of Modena at 18. He then joined the Carabinieri and earned a spot as an Explorer Paratrooper in the 1st Paratrooper Regiment known as Tuscania. After several distinguished tours, Maestro qualified for Gruppo di Intervento Speciale (G.I.S.) and participated in joint operations in Iraq, earning a facial scar from a roadside IED. He went into private consultation where his courses quickly became a top-rated operator boot camp for teaching advanced techniques to Tier 3 and Tier 2 units, as well as private military companies. The Tuscania eventually convinced Maestro to re-enlist to help upgrade one of their units to a Tier 2 Special Forces classification, and this enabled him to join Rainbow as a representative of the Italian Units.
UNIQUE ABILITY – Evil Eye:
Maestro uses a remote-controlled turret firing high-energy laser beams. Once affixed to the floor or wall, Maestro can remote-surveil and provide overwatch in a location through the swivel-mounted camera. When the camera device breaks open to fire a laser beam the core is exposed to damage. Otherwise, the turret is unaffected by bullets and melee. Lastly, Evil Eye can see through smoke.
WHAT ELSE IS NEW?
NEW MAP: VILLA
Operation Para Bellum launches our 20th map: a luxurious Tuscan villa. No riches were spared to offer our most tactical map to date. The house provides diverse options with its wide staircases, narrow tunnels, and secret hatches. The illusion of cover haunts whoever sets foot in the villa.
The land belongs to the Vinciguerra, a dangerous crime family known for their smuggling activities. The house is their retreat, where they lead a lavish lifestyle and collect rare art pieces. Now we catch the villa in a snapshot of time: 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.
THATCHER ELITE SET
We are honored to grant an elite set for Thatcher, our most decorated Operator. Inspired by the operation that made the S.A.S. famous, Thatcher’s set celebrates their legacy as trailblazers.
Elite Thatcher is adorning an Operation Nimrod Uniform, Fookin Smooth victory animation, Screw Top gadget skin, Elite Thatcher Chibi, and Maggie’s Resolve weapon skin on the L85A2, M590A1, and P226 MK 25.
The set will be available at the launch of Operation Para Bellum in Thatcher’s Uniform section.
PARA BELLUM PATCH NOTES
With the Seasonal Test Servers now closed, Ubisoft has an updated list of changes in the Year 3 Season 2.0 patch.
These notes serve as an addendum to the original patch notes for Operation Para Bellum, located here.
You can read the updated Operation Para Bellum patch notes, here.