Operation Steel Wave, the second season of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege Year 5, is now available for PlayStation4, Xbox One, and Windows PC, including UPLAY+, Ubisoft’s subscription service. Operation Steel Wave introduces Ace and Melusi, a new Attacker and Defender from Norway and South Africa, in addition to an entirely reworked House map and a slew of gameplay changes.
Owners of the Year 5 Pass can play with the new Operators immediately, while the rest of the players will be able to unlock these Operators starting June 23rd using Renown or R6 Credits. Additional seasonal new content, including the House map rework, is available for free to all players. Year 5 Season 2 will also welcome its Battle Pass “Tour De Force,” on June 29th.
In Operation Steel Wave, players will meet two new Operators. The first is the Norwegian Attacker, Ace. Equipped with S.E.L.M.A., a throwable and stickable device that will stick to any vertical surface and slowly destroy up to 3 panels, one after the other. The S.E.L.M.A. gadget can also be thrown at almost any defensive gadget and destroy it with its arms or water explosives.
The second is the South African Defender Melusi who is equipped with Banshee deployable electronic gadgets. It applies a slowing effect to any Attackers that are in range and direct line of sight. The Banshee can also be used as an intel gadget as it produces an identifiable sound when an attacker enters its range.
In addition to these two new Operators, players will be able to explore a reimagined House map, which has been newly reworked. The homeowners have expanded their family and their floorplan, with a large two-story addition adding new objective sites and entry points for players to contend with. Additional changes can be experienced throughout the map, all with the intent of evolving the gameplay meta.
Operation Steel Wave also introduces a new Defender secondary gadget – the Proximity Alarm. The small, throwable sticky gadget is an essential intel-gathering tool that loudly alerts Defenders of an oncoming Attacker in its line of sight. Additional game updates include the following Unified MMR, Amaru Buff, and Addition of Echo Elite set.