Release date, trailer and new information revealed about Operation Solar Raid from Rainbow Six Siege

Rainbow Six Siege continues to grow, and Ubisoft confirms that the final season of Year 7, Operation Solar Raid, will launch on December 6th – and it’s another big update.

Dubbed Siege’s biggest season yet, Operation Solar Raid adds fan-requested features like cross-play and cross-progression, a new Battle Pass, new map, new Operator, and a new Ranked 2.0 playlist, among others . The new season also adds Siege’s latest crossover event and brings Square Enix Nier skins to the game. The skins in particular are inspired by Nier: Automata and Nier Replicant.

Siege’s new operator is Solis, whose signature gadget is a SPEC-IO electrosensor that picks up “crucial” information that teams can use to gain the upper hand.

“Solis can uniquely analyze and identify attacker devices, including drones, breach devices and more. Her gloves also allow her to interact with the gadget overlay and trigger a cluster scan. Solis is a medium-speed, medium-health operator who wields the P90 or an ITA 12L as his primary weapon and an SMG-11 as his secondary weapon,” Ubisoft said.

As for the ranked 2.0 playlist, the big change is that overall rank is now determined by how many rank points they gain or lose after each game, instead of their MMR. Also, each rank now has five divisions, each requiring 100 rank points to advance to the next. Finally, a new rank – Emerald – has been added, which sits between Platinum and Diamond.

For cross-play, players can now use Ubisoft Connect to team up with players on other consoles. Cross-play can be disabled in the options menu. As for cross progression, all progression, currency, and items are shared between platforms, and everyone gets a free alpha pack.

The new map is called Nighthaven Labs and it will be available at launch.

“An extension of Nighthaven’s headquarters, the map’s open seas, verdant cliffs, and clear skies invite players to explore the flawless architecture and technological marvels on display,” said Ubisoft. “The interior has many access points that allow for free navigation flows, especially when players are willing to tear down the many fragile walls. Both attackers and defenders must avoid getting too comfortable as they could easily be flanked and lose position. Built for creative strategy, this R&D facility challenges players to take advantage of unusual opportunities like the spout hatch just outside the Briefing Room.”

For the Battle Pass changes, it’s now a two-tier system with branching paths. This allows players to prioritize the rewards they want, similar to the Season 01 Battle Pass in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II and Warzone 2.0.

The Nier content, meanwhile, will come into play on November 21st. They include an elite set inspired by 2B from Nier Automata for Iana and a new pack for Maverick based on the hero from Nier Replicant.

Finally, quality-of-life changes for Siege coming with the update include the removal of friendly fire during the prep phase of a match, drone speed no longer being slowed under certain circumstances, and all operators now moving at the same speed move when aiming down. There are also new accessibility updates, including expanding team color customization options.

Watch the video above for a closer look at Operation Solar Raid.

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