Ubisoft has lifted the lid on Year 8’s Rainbow Six Siege Season 1, Operation Commanding Force, which introduces new features, a new operator and “more anti-toxic measures”.
The new season also heralds the game’s all-new Mousetrap feature, meaning players jumping onto the console with their mouse and keyboard “enable a penalty that adds delay to their inputs.”
“The goal of this penalty is to promote fair gameplay by removing the unfair advantage that mouse and keyboard players have on consoles,” explains Ubisoft. “While mouse and keyboard use is active, the lag will gradually increase over multiple games, making it difficult to aim and shoot. Quitting games with a controller will gradually reduce the lag back to normal.”
The new operator, Brava, is described as an “invaluable new attacker armed with the Kludge Drone Gadget”. Disrupting enemy surveillance and offering counter-tactics such as repurposing technology for its squad, this drone carries a PARA-308 or CAMRS as its primary weapon and a USP40 or Super Shorty as its secondary weapon.
Commanding Force also brings a balancing update for Zero, “game section UI improvements, weapon attachment balancing changes, and a new immersive reload system: pausing the animation leaves the player without a magazine, but closed bolt weapons have a round that the player has.” can use at any time during reload”. There are also new onboarding features, including Rookie Challenges and Special Challenges, with the former identifying an Operator’s playstyle in-game. The latter is also there to help new players learn the “various Operator Specialties” to help.
As for these anti-toxicity measures?
“Other anti-toxicity measures include a new reputation penalty for abusive voice chat,” explains Ubisoft. “While active, this penalty will mute repeat offenders by default to prevent hateful and disruptive content in voice chat.
From tomorrow (February 20) through March 20, players can purchase the limited-time Year 8 Pass, which includes four seasonal Battle Passes, 14-day early access to new Operators, “exclusive” Exotic skins, and 10 percent off in-store items. However, get the Premium Annual Pass and you’ll get all of the above, plus 20 additional “Battle Tokens that allow players to unlock rewards faster.”
The Season 1 Battle Pass also introduces the Bravo Pack Ticket, “a rare item that allows you to select an exclusive reward from the latest Bravo collection” once you reach level 100 in this season’s Battle Pass.
Rainbow Six Siege is available now for PC, PS5, Xbox Series X and last generation consoles.
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