Siege offers a new competitive experience where players must use their surroundings to aid or prevent a breach and includes realistic and destructible environments courtesy of Ubisoft Montreal's Realblast engine.
Rainbow Six Siege doesn’t have a campaign and solo play is limited to Situations and Lone Wolf Terrorist Hunt. These situations tie into the underlying ‘story’ of Siege, which is that this is all a training exercise between attacking and defending operators. There’s a loose story that permeates through the Situations, but they effectively act as offline training for the core online game.
Gameplay: What do you do in Rainbow Six Siege?
Rainbow Six Siege is primarily a team-centric, objective-based multiplayer first-person shooter (FPS). It’s also, technically, a ‘hero shooter’, in that the operators have individual abilities. Players can be killed for the round by a single headshot, or put into an incapacitated ‘down but not out’ (DBNO) state where they can be revived. Siege is separated into three modes:
Solo training to learn the basics. Article 5 is a matchmade co-op ‘conclusion’ to Siege’s loose story.
Separated into Casual, Ranked and Custom Game. This is core Siege and pits teams of five against each other in alternating asymmetrical attacker/defender roles.
Available in Normal, Hard and Realistic difficulties. This can be played Lone Wolf, with your party or matchmade with random players (up to five total).
Modes: What modes are playable in Rainbow Six Siege?
Siege has three game modes, which are all based on team deathmatch principles. Every mode is separated into a Preparation Phase (attackers scout with drones, defenders barricade) and an Action Phase (objective-based FPS gameplay). Teams can always win by eliminating the other side. Defenders can win by playing the clock (if the attackers fail to complete their objective, defenders win). These are Siege’s three multiplayer modes:
Attackers must breach and escort an AI-controlled hostage to safety. Defenders must stop this.
Defenders must stop attackers from holding a fixed area for a period of time. Defenders can pause a capture by standing in the same area.
Attackers must plant a bomb defusal unit on one of two bomb sites. Defenders must stop them or destroy the defusal unit if it’s planted.
Maps: What maps are playable in Rainbow Six Siege?
Siege currently has 18 maps core playable maps, not including the three limited-time Outbreak maps:
Rainbow Six Siege operators
There are currently 38 playable operators in Siege, across attacking and defending teams. They have different loadout options, including a unique gadget. Operators are unlocked with Renown (in-game currency), which is earned by playing, or with R6 Credits (premium in-game currency), which you pay for. Alternatively, Season Pass holders automatically unlock new operators two weeks prior to their availability (and keep them beyond that).
Rainbow Six Siege: The defending operators
Every quarter, the roster of attacking and/or defending operators grows by two (usually one per side). Here’s a breakdown of all 18 defending operators in Rainbow Six Siege (not including the default, non-specialised Recruit):
James “Smoke” Porter (SAS)
Launch operator. Two-armour, two-speed rating. Unique gadget: Remote Gas Grenade (x3). Primary: FMG-9 SMG or M590A1 shotgun. Secondary: P226 Mk 25 handgun or SMG-11 machine pistol. Alt-gadget: Impact Grenade (x2) or Barbed Wire (x2). 500–2000 Renown unlock.
Mark R. “Mute” Chandar (SAS)
Launch operator. Two-armour, two-speed rating. Unique gadget: Signal Disruptor (x4). Primary: MP5K SMG or M590A1 shotgun. Secondary: P226 Mk 25 handgun. Alt-gadget: Nitro Cell or Deployable Shield. 500–2000 Renown unlock.
Operation Blood Orchid operator. One-armour, three-speed rating. Unique gadget: Grzmot Mine (x3 +1 for DBNO). Primary: Scorpion EVO 3 A1 SMG or FO-12 shotgun. Secondary: RG15 handgun. Alt-gadget: Barbed Wire (x2) or Deployable Shield. 25,000 Renown or 600 R6 Credits unlock.
Chul Kyung “Vigil” Hwa (707th SMB)
Operation White Noise operator. One-armour, three-speed rating. Unique gadget: Electronic Rendering Cloke (ERC-7). Primary: K1A SMG or BOSG.12.2 shotgun. Secondary: C75 Auto machine pistol or SMG-12 machine pistol. Alt-gadget: Barbed Wire (x2) or Impact Grenade (x2). 25,000 Renown or 600 R6 Credits unlock.
Adriano “Maestro” Martello (GIS)
Operation Para Bellum operator. Three-armour, one-speed rating. Unique gadget: Evil Eye Bulletproof Camera (x2). Primary: ALDA 5.56 LMG or ACS12 shotgun. Secondary: Keratos .357 handgun or Bailiff 410 handgun. Alt-gadget: Barbed Wire (x2) or Deployable Shield. 25,000 Renown or 600 R6 Credits unlock.
Aria “Alibi” de Luca (GIS)
Operation Para Bellum operator. One-armour, three-speed rating. Unique gadget: Prisma Holograms (x3). Primary: Mx4 Storm SMG or ACS12 shotgun. Secondary: Keratos .357 handgun or Bailiff 410 handgun. Alt-gadget: Impact Grenade (x2) or Deployable Shield. 25,000 Renown or 600 R6 Credits unlock.
Rainbow Six Siege: The attacking operators
Every quarter, the roster of attacking and/or defending operators grows by two (usually one per side). All attackers have a grappling hook that can be used to ascend/descend certain external/internal points. Here’s a breakdown of all 20 playable defending operators in Rainbow Six Siege (not including the default, non-specialised Recruit):
Siege is a premium title with an ongoing games-as-a-service model. The current plan is for at least 10 years of content. Four times a year, Ubisoft Montreal releases a new ‘season’ of content, which typically includes two new operators, one new map (new maps are free to all players), new weapons, new weapon skins and balancing changes to existing operators. At the ‘mid-season’ point, another balancing patch is released. Balancing changes are only ever made based on telemetry data. Here are all the DLC releases, to date.
Rainbow Six Siege Year 1
Season 1 – Operation Black Ice: Operators: Buck (attacker) and Frost (defender). Map: Yacht. Features: spectator camera.
Season 2 – Operation Dust Line: Operators: Blackbeard (attacker) and Valkyrie (defender). Map: Border. Features: Team showcase, loadout customisation between rounds.
Season 3 – Operation Skull Rain: Operators: Capitão (attacker) and Caveira (defender). Map: Favela. Features: Angled attachment, custom game mode (beta), surrender system and start of Mid-season Reinforcements.
Season 4 – Operation Red Crow: Operators: Hibana (attacker) and Echo (defender). Map: Skyscraper. Features: Elite sets, calibre-based destruction, and Battle Dress Uniforms.
Rainbow Six Siege Year 2
Season 1 – Operation Velvet Shell: Operators: Jackal (attacker) and Mira (defender). Map: Coastline. Features: Upgraded navigation interface.
Season 2 – Operation Health: No new operators or map. Changes to back-end and quality-of-life issues (also ongoing).
Season 3 – Operation Blood Orchid: Operators: Ying (attacker) and Lesion (defender). Map: Theme Park. Features: Improved lighting, sky model, map clean-up and operator optimisations.
Season 4 – Operation White Noise: Operators: Dokkaebi (attacker) and Vigil (defender). Map: Tower. Features: Bug fixes.
Rainbow Six Siege Year 3
Season 1 – Operation Chimera: Operators: Lion (attacker) and Finka (attacker). Map: None. Features: Outbreak co-op mode (timed event); Ela, Kapkan and Blitz balances.
Season 2 – Operation Para Bellum: Operators: Alibi (defender) and Maestro (defender). Map: Club House (buff). Features: Dropshotting adjustments, Pick & Ban introduction.
Rainbow Six siege launch install size on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC
Xbox One: Launch – 16.54GB; today – 44.34GB
PlayStation 4: Launch – 16.83GB; today – 51.12GB
PC: Launch – 30GB or 47GB (HD textures); today – 60.9GB or 89.5GB (HD textures)
Rainbow Six Siege enhancements on PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X
Ubisoft Montreal has announced plans for PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X enhancements, but there’s currently no ETA for either platform.
Rainbow Six Siege versions
There are five different versions of Rainbow Six Siege:
Starter Edition (PC only): All game modes and maps. Extended time to unlock operators.
Standard Edition: All game modes and maps. Standard time to unlock operators.
Advanced Edition: All game modes and maps. Standard time to unlock operators. 10 Outbreak collection packs.
Gold Edition: All game modes and maps. Standard time to unlock operators. 10 outbreak collection packs. Year three pass.
Complete Edition: All game modes and maps. Standard time to unlock operators. 10 outbreak collection packs. Year three pass. Year 1 and 2 additional operators.
Can my PC run Rainbow Six Siege?
Ubisoft has released required PC specs to meet the minimum and recommended configurations.
OS: Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions required)
Processor: Intel Core i3 560 (@3.3GHz) or AMD Phenom II X4 945 (@3.0GHz)
Video card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 or AMD Radeon HD 5870 (DirectX 11-compliant with 1GB of VRAM)
System RAM: 6GB
DVD ROM Drive: DVD-ROM Dual Layer
Sound: DirectX® 9.0c compatible sound card with latest drivers
Multiplayer: Broadband connection with 256kbps upstream or faster
OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions only)
Processor: Intel Core i7-4770 (@3.4GHz) or AMD Ryzen 5 1600 (@3.2GHz) or equivalent
Video card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 or AMD R9 290X (4GB VRAM with Shader Model 5.0 or better)
System RAM: 8GB
DVD ROM Drive: DVD-ROM Dual Layer
Sound: DirectX® 9.0c compatible sound card 5.1 with latest drivers
Multiplayer: Broadband connection with 512kbps upstream or faster
Here’s a list of the supported Nvidia cards at the time of release:
GeForce GTX 460 (or better)
GTX 560 (or better)
GTX 650 (or better)
GTX 750 (or better)
Any card from the GT900 and Titan Series
Here’s a list of the supported AMD cards at the time of release:
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Rainbow Six Siege FAQ
Q: When does each Rainbow Six Season start and end? A: Ubisoft Montreal drops new Siege DLC every quarter. Each season lasts roughly three months until the next DLC. Typically, this coincides with February, May, August and November season starts/ends. Q: How often does Rainbow Six Siege have a free weekend? A: Typically, free weekends happen just before a new season, which means they tend to take place in February, May, August and November. Q: Will Outbreak mode come back? A: No. Ubisoft Montreal has confirmed that Outbreak was a limited-time, four-week release. Q: Are Rainbow Six Siege operators and maps free? A: Maps are free for everyone. Operators are free for Season Pass holders, but can also be bought with in-game currency: Renown (earned) or R6 Credits (premium). Q: Does Rainbow Six Siege have split-screen? A: Siege doesn’t have split-screen on any platform (PC, PS4, XBO). Q: Which attacking/defending operator should I use in Rainbow Six Siege? A: This is mostly personal preference, but you should focus on unlocking all of the launch operators (listed above) first. Q: What’s the fastest way to unlock operators? A: Launch operators are cheapest. Watch the three tutorials and score three stars on the 10 solo Situations to basically unlock all of them with Renown. Q: How many players does Rainbow Six Siege support? A: Siege can be played alone, cooperatively with up to five players, or online with 10 players max (split across two teams of five). Q: Can Rainbow Six Siege be played offline? A: No. All modes, even the solo ones, require an online connection.
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