The first season of Rainbow Six Siege’s Year 8, Operation Commanding Force is available now. This season introduces Brava, a new Brazilian Operator, and important gameplay updates including a more immersive reload update, the MouseTrap feature launching later in the season to address players using mouse and keyboard on consoles, and further anti-toxicity measures.
Commanding Force unleashes Brava, an invaluable new Attacker equipped with the Kludge Drone gadget. This drone offers new ways to sabotage enemy technology by taking control of their devices or destroying them. An extremely adaptable Operator, Brava can gain an advantage in any environment by accessing electronic resources available to her. Brava is a three-speed, one-health Operator, and her loadout features a PARA-308 or a CAMRS as a primary weapon and a USP40 or a Super Shorty as a secondary weapon.
Important anti-cheat updates such as MouseTrap arrive in Operation Commanding Force, which further player protection improvements. While noticing that some players are using a Mouse and a Keyboard instead of a controller on Consoles, which provides an unfair advantage, MouseTrap will detect these players and activate a new penalty. We really want to encourage those players to return to fair play. In doing so, the penalty will add additional latency to the inputs of these users, making it harder to aim and shoot with their operator. If a detected user chooses to play with a Controller, the penalty will be gradually reduced, returning to normal after a few games.
Further anti-toxicity measures include a new Reputation Penalty for abusive voice chat. While active, this penalty mutes repeat offenders by default to prevent hateful and disruptive content in voice chat. Muted players can still use voice chat but will only be heard by players who manually unmute them.
In Year 8, Rainbow Six Siege is focused on solidifying its position as a high-intensity tactical shooter where purposeful action, precision, and creative tactics are the keys to success. The new immersive reload system aims to create a more immersive experience where reload decisions are more impactful. Interrupting the animation will leave the player without a magazine if they reload before it is completely empty but closed bolt weapons will have a single round for the player to use at any point during the reload. In addition, Commanding Force brings a balancing update to Zero, balancing changes on weapon attachments, improvements to the Play Section UI and more.
Also, new onboarding features arrive this season to assist new players in learning Rainbow Six Siege: Beginner Challenges and Operator Specialties. Operator Specialties identify an Operator’s playstyle in-game. All Operators have one to two operator specialties which can be checked during the Planning Phase, in the Operators section, and in Operator Guides. Operator Specialties aim to help beginner players learn the various Operator specialties and what they contribute to a match. By completing Beginner Challenges, players can earn a variety of rewards. When finishing all challenges within a single Operator Specialty, players will earn an Operator of the completed Specialty. If the Operator is already owned, players will earn their value in renown instead. All players can be complete the challenges and earn all rewards, not just beginners.
From February 20 until March 20, players can purchase the limited-time Year 8 Pass to unlock the four seasonal Battle Passes, 14-day early access to new Operators when they launch, exclusive Exotic weapon skins, a 10% VIP discount on the shop, up to 2,400 R6 Credits, and more. The Premium Year Pass offers all the before-mentioned perks plus 20 extra Battle tokens per season that players can use to unlock rewards faster.
Season 1’s Battle Pass introduces the Bravo Pack Ticket, a rare item that lets you pick an exclusive reward from the latest Bravo Collection. This ticket will be awarded to Premium players who reach level 100 in this season’s Battle Pass as a reward for their dedication.