Rainbow Six Siege’s new season, Operation Commanding Drive, is an announcement of intent from Siege’s developer, pointing the sport towards a brand new, extra tactical, future.

Chatting with NME, Rainbow Six Siege’s artistic director Alex Karpazis says that whereas he thinks Siege is “in a very enjoyable spot”, the adjustments we’re going to see coming to Siege all through 12 months 8, Season 1 and later within the 12 months shall be emphasising extra strategic motion. “We’re beginning to actually reinforce what it’s that makes Siege so particular,” provides Karpazis. “It’s such a enjoyable tactical strategic expertise in contrast to every other, and so we’re attempting to lean into that with every thing that we do.”

Crucially, this doesn’t imply that Rainbow Six Siege goes to be extra real looking. The sport has lengthy operated within the sci-fi world, however new attacker Brava – who we’ve lined in-depth right here – appears to be like to be convey a whirlwind of chaos to the sport, switching and reshuffling the allegiance of practically each Siege gadget.

Rainbow Six Siege
Rainbow Six Siege. Credit score: Ubisoft

Certainly, Brava’s presence goes to drive gamers to pay a bit of extra consideration. Anybody who has performed operator Dokkaebi, an attacker who can take over defender cameras, has skilled the heartache of fellow attackers taking pictures the cameras you’re controlling. Now, attackers and defenders will each must maintain their eyes open as with each a Mozzie and a Brava in a spherical each single digital gadget within the sport might change allegiance.

Get previous that, which is terrifying, and the circulate of the sport ought to really feel much more deliberate. This modification is exemplified by the adjustments to reloading in Rainbow Six Siege. That is the obvious change for all gamers as a result of everybody must reload. Reload cancelling, when gamers cancel a reload animation and use the noise and look of reloading to bait gamers into pushing them earlier than taking pictures them within the face, has been part of Siege’s high-level play for a very long time however it will likely be getting eliminated in Operation Commanding Drive.

Cancelling your animation mid-reload now will go away gamers with a single bullet within the chamber of their gun and no journal. This single bullet might be sufficient to defend you contemplating Siege’s one-shot kill headshot mechanics, nevertheless it’s going to be an enormous change for almost all of gamers.

Rainbow Six Siege
Rainbow Six Siege. Credit score: Ubisoft

Elsewhere, operator Zero is getting a rework to the identical purpose: the digicam he has which might drill by means of partitions and supply imaginative and prescient on both facet will nonetheless do this, however now it must be manually triggered by Zero, which can stop the digicam from being shot out by folks on the opposite facet of the wall earlier than Zero has an opportunity to look by means of it. Teammates can even get Zero’s digicam to alter sides, though they gained’t have the ability to punch by means of the wall for the primary time.

Elsewhere, Commanding Drive adjustments appear to be about making decisions extra attention-grabbing and numerous. The muzzle break and compensator are getting reworked to supply large buffs that ought to make them simply identifiable, and it’s simple to see this as a blueprint for future attachments getting reworked sooner or later.

It’s an thrilling time to be a Siege fan if you happen to’ve been with the collection because the tension-filled days of the sooner video games within the franchise, but additionally if you would like your matches to really feel a bit of extra tactical and fewer about prefiring the 4 potential hiding spots in every room. For me, who falls into the center of that specific Venn diagram, I couldn’t be extra excited for the launch of the brand new season on March 7.

As for the remainder of Commanding Drive, right here’s our impression of Brava, the latest operator arriving in Siege