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Published on August 29th, 2023 | by gareth


Rainbow Six Siege’s Year 8 Season 3 Revealed

This sounds good.

Today, Ubisoft announced the launch of the third season of Rainbow Six Siege’s Year 8, Operation Heavy Mettle. This season introduces Ram, a new South Korean Operator, a new commendation system, and important gameplay updates including a Quick Match rework.


Operation Heavy Mettle amps up the anticipation with new Attacker Ram and her BU-GI Auto-Breacher gadget. With an automated tank, Ram can take on the competition by destroying walls, floors, and other elements to offer new vantage points. One tank can shake up players’ strategies by destroying their gadgets and any soft surfaces in its path and Ram has three of them! Ram is a one speed, three health Operator, and her loadout features a R4C or an LMG-E as a primary weapon and a MK1 or an ITA12S as a secondary weapon.


This season, player protection efforts bring the brand-new Commendation System: an appreciation system allowing players to positively rate their teammates and opponents on the experience they had playing together. This system will be monitored to ensure it will be fair for everyone. Highly commended players will also receive rewards. For more details, please visit


Game modes receive several updates this season, including a Quick Match rework, a redesign of Unranked (now called Standard), and a brand-new Arcade game mode. Quick Match is faster than ever, with reduced round timers, objective locations automatically revealed, and bomb sites come set up with reinforcements and rotations to let Defenders focus on strategic defenses, a welcome fast-paced environment for both new and experienced players. For Attackers, a 10-second invulnerability at the start of Action Phase will prevent spawn peeking, giving them time to approach the building. The redesigned Standard playlist offers the core Siege experience without Operator or map ban phases and will offer another option for players besides the competitive Ranked mode.


Also being introduced is Weapons Roulette, an all-new fast action game mode coming to Arcade playlist, which lets all players start with the same weapon that automatically swaps to a new one after a set amount of time.


Other updates for this season include the second part of the Operator Grim buff and major improvements to the in-game shotgun ecosystem. In addition, Fuze is now able to deploy Cluster Charges on Deployable Shields and Osa’s Talon-8 Shields. Finally, a rework of Operator Frost will be released later during the season with new Operator mechanics around her ability following the TS Lab and players’ feedback.


Operation Heavy Mettle also adds Tutorials, an onboarding tool that aims to make newcomers more comfortable before their first PVP experience. Following the launch of free cam last season in Match Replay, players can now remove the HUD to capture perfect moments and use them in their content, even in spectator mode. The Y8S3 Battle Pass will allow players to unlock Ram instantly, along with 18 Bravo packs, a Bravo token, exclusive skins and receive 600 Rainbow Six credits back.


Rainbow Six Siege is now available to play on PlayStation®4, PlayStation®5, the Xbox One family of consoles, Xbox Series X | S, Windows PC, including on Steam, Ubisoft+, Ubisoft’s subscription service*, and Amazon Luna.


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In related news.

Today, Ubisoft announced that #3 ranked international tennis star Daniil Medvedev is joining the Rainbow Six Siege team as a Game Ambassador. Daniil is a longtime player with nearly 3000 hours of playtime, Diamond ranking, and among the top 3% of ranked Siege players. In his role as Game Ambassador Daniil will partner with the Rainbow Six team to provide feedback and test out early content and upcoming features in advance as well as promote the game. Daniil Medvedev will also partner with the development team to create an in-game character skin, including weapon skin, gear, and charm in 2024.


“I’ve been playing Rainbow Six Siege for the last 8 years. I’m drawn to the tactical nature of Siege. As a competitive person, I appreciate the depth of strategy and team-based gameplay and love to play whenever I’m not playing tennis,” said Daniil Medvedev. “It’s a joy to partner with the Siege team as a Game Ambassador, where I’ll be able to speak to the developers directly, provide feedback and promote the game to existing and new players alike.”


“We’re proud and excited to work with Daniil. His creativity and strategically minded play are what makes him so exciting both in tennis and in top ranked matches of Rainbow Six Siege,” said Mohammed Benhenneda, Director of Business Strategy. “He’s the perfect ambassador, representing what makes Siege different than any other game out there.”

Rainbow Six Siege’s latest Season, Operation Heavy Mettle, introduced new Attacker Ram and her BU-GI Auto-Breacher gadget. Operation Heavy Mettle also brings new player protection efforts including a Commendation System: an appreciation system allowing players to rate other players on the experience they had playing together, Additional gameplay updates include a Quick Match Rework, a redesign of the Unranked game mode (now called Standard), and a brand-new Arcade game mode.


Rainbow Six Siege is now available to play on PlayStation®4, PlayStation®5, the Xbox One family of consoles, Xbox Series X | S, and Windows PC via Ubisoft Connect. Rainbow Six Siege is included with Ubisoft+, Ubisoft’s subscription service, which is available for Xbox, Amazon Luna and PC.


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