Summer’s virtually right here, so Rainbow Six Siege is kicking within the door of a pleasant Italian villa ostensibly to cease terrorists or one thing however extra more likely to declare a spot within the solar. Operation Para Bellum launches immediately, the newest free content material replace, with the brand new map, new operators (properly, not for everybody simply but), bug fixes, tweaks, and stability adjustments. The reviled ‘dropshot’, which let gamers drop to susceptible with out upsetting their goal, diving to the ground and murderising the poor opponent who’s left capturing at air above them, is banished for starters.
The new map sends the Rainbownauts into the grand villa of an Italian crime household, scampering by way of gardens, cellars, grand rooms, and secret areas. It’s a reasonably one:
Para Bellum additionally overhauls an older map, Clubhouse, bettering the way it performs by including and altering paths and areas. They’ve prettied it up a contact too.
Back to Italy, the replace provides two new Italian characters, each Defenders. Alibi can throw decoy hologram projections of herself, and is armed with a brand new submachine gun or new autoshotty. Maestro can deploy a remote-controlled laser turret, and he’s armed with a brand new LMG or that very same autoshotty. They’re immediately unlocked immediately for folk who personal the season cross, whereas common gamers might want to wait seven days to unlock them by paying Renown or R6 Credits.
Also new: the choice for a MOBA-style ‘Pick and Ban’ so groups should fastidiously assemble their lineup as their opponents attempt to foil them by banning characters.
Sadly, Ubisoft chickened out of plans to provide gamers the power to throw grenades again. This had been within the check server model of Para Bellum, the place it proved troublesome.
“This feature did not perform as we had intended, and was prone to collateral damage as a result,” Ubisoft clarify. “As such, we looked at the data and saw an unnaturally high occurrence of team kills and suicides that resulted from throwing grenades back.”
I perceive, however I do nonetheless discover it hilarious when tried heroics go badly flawed.
Para Bellum rolls out immediately. Siege’s servers will go down for upkeep at 2pm immediately, then needs to be again up with the replace after about an hour.
Oh, and reader, I need to apologise. When I stated no one knows what “Si vis pacem, para bellum” means, I wasn’t fully appropriate. I’d missed a captivating chain of discoveries that meant whereas we could by no means know its full that means, not to mention its language, a partial translation survived in a forgotten monk’s chronicle, as reader “Monggerel” explained. Thanks for that! And, once more, I’m so sorry to have misinformed you all.