Ubisoft has announced that it’s scrapping Rainbow Six Siege’s Season Two this year in an effort to provide better balance to the game. In place of the second season, which was supposed to be set in Hong Kong, Ubisoft will be deploying strategic change called Operation Health for Rainbow Six Siege, which will focus on improving the shooter, fixing bugs, and enhancing the game’s technology.
The announcement comes by way of the Ubisoft blog, where the company revealed its “Three Pillars” that will “serve as focus points” for the development team. The new three pillars for Rainbow Six Siege are technological improvements, new deployment process, and bug fix sprints.
The move is an interesting step for Ubisoft, but one that may prove positive for both Rainbow Six Siege and gamers. Considering the success Rainbow Six Siege has experienced pulling in new players and expanding its influence in the eSports world, it’s not surprising to see Ubisoft shift toward improving the game’s quality over new content releases.
So what does this mean for Season Two? Essentially, Ubisoft is shifting the seasons back, and shaking up the content that was planned for the fourth season. Hong Kong will now be released in August as part of Season Three, and South Korea will move into November during Season Four. That leaves Poland, which will no longer have a dedicated season.
The operators for Hong Kong and South Korea will release during their respective new season timelines, and the GROM Operators originally meant for Season Four will now be released at the start of Season Three and Four. The number of new maps for Year Two has been reduced from four to three.
The good news is that Rainbow Six Siege fans, and especially those who purchased the Year Two Season Pass, will still get most of the content originally planned for the year, albeit a little later than expected. As such, Ubisoft has announced that it’s not planning to provide any compensation for Year Two Season Pass holders, since they’re essentially receiving the same amount of content they originally paid for.
Ubisoft refrained from detailing what new tech it’s planning for Rainbow Six Siege during Operation Health, but did mention that it will provide regular updates along the way. Also, the company is planning a panel discussion during the upcoming Pro League Finals on May 21st, where it will reveal more information about Operation Health. There’s also a Q&A available for those who have specific questions about Operation Health.
Rainbow Six Siege is currently available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.