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Epic Rainbow Six Siege TLOU concept throws Joel and Ellie into FPSMar 24, 2023 - The LoadoutWhether you're someone who likes to spend their hard-earned money on R6 Credits in Rainbow Six Siege or not, we think it's safe to say that Ubisoft has introduced some pretty great crossover cosmetics to its' tactical FPS. From a Tomb Raider elite skin for Ash to Hibana and Vigil skins inspired by the Netflix series Money Heist, Ubisoft isn't afraid to draw on all forms of media to deliver fantastic collaborative content to Rainbow Six Siege players. However, that doesn't mean Ubisoft has cashed in on every good collaboration - in fact, we'd argue it has barely scratched the surface. Why? Well, one talented 3D artist has drawn up a concept for a crossover with The Last of Us and we want to spend R6 Credits on it immediately. Throughout the last month or so, 3D artist and Rainbow Six Siege fan 'Albytical' has created an operator bundle concept that transforms attacker Buck into Joel from TLOU and defender Ela into Ellie from TLOU Part 2. Oh, and we're not just talking about operator outfits either; we're talking about complete bundles with the relevant weapon skins, charms, and gadget changes. If it was up to us, we'd get Ubisoft on the phone right now and make this happen. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Rainbow Six Siege's new free Kapkan skin inspired by "grinning snake" Latest Rainbow Six Siege Amazon Prime Gaming bundle is truly epic Rainbow Six Siege could benefit from this simple game-changing gadget Anti-Cheat Status Update – March 2023Mar 24, 2023 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8328525/0390f98a032635b8c17907692344eb7d86743641.png Our latest Anti-Cheat Status Update for March 2023 is here, bringing the latest updates on anti-cheat and more. BATTLEYE & DATA BANS For an overview on bans, we bring our latest BattlEye and Data Ban numbers, including data for the last 6 months. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8328525/93547b292fc783e6502c0ba01d22339b140b0cc6.png CHEATS ADDRESSED We've addressed a number of cheats since our last Anti-Cheat Status Update which are listed below. • Instant kill while in Prep Phase • Code insertion via Ban Ticker • Add/Remove score points • Team chat accessed by cheater on opposing team • Flores drone can be teleported As well addressing new cheats, we've also been making constant updates to ensure that hacks that we're currently detecting remain detectable, protecting players. PRIVACY MODE HEALTH UPDATE We're aware that cheats have been used in order to misuse the Privacy Mode feature, and we're working hard to make sure this is not the case. Since our last update we've: - Addressed a cheat enabling the additional numbers to be removed from nicknames - Addressed a cheat enabling the user to change their nickname multiple times during a match What's Next? We are aware of and currently looking into an exploit being used to discover a player's real username when they've got Privacy Mode enabled. We'll share more on this in a future update. MOUSETRAP - Input Spoofing Detection on Console Input spoofing has long been an issue on console, and we've been hearing your feedback throughout Siege's life so far. With Mousetrap we're taking action to create and foster a fair and competitive environment for console players. How Will Mousetrap Work? When a player is detected using an input spoofer, a penalty will be activated adding latency to their inputs which will also build up over time. The goal here is to remove the advantage that mouse and keyboard users on consoles are getting over controller players. If a player receiving the penalty starts using a controller instead, the input latency penalty will gradually be removed. This experimental solution has been quietly in development for some time, and we're excited to have this released in Y8S1.2. Work on this feature will also proceed after its release as we continue to fine tune the system. For more information, check our dedicated blog post. Y8S1.1 Patch NotesMar 21, 2023 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8328525/fe0f77439d4538bec40059affa61ca5891bb8e61.png Y8S1.1 Patch Size Find the download sizes for each platform below. Ubisoft Connect Steam Xbox One: 1.28 GB Xbox Series X: 1.59 GB PS4: 1.88 GB PS5: 1.36 GB Bug Fixes Gameplay FIXED – Maestro's Evil Eye, Valkyrie's Black Eye, and the Bulletproof Camera cannot be accessed in PVP matches with the unique ability input button. FIXED – Brava's Kludge Drone does not display out of range feedback on HUD when failing a hack due to distance. FIXED – Reload animation for 6P41 doesn't start from the same spot when cancelled while inserting the magazine. FIXED – Hack VFX does not switch team colors after hacking a Defender drone converted by Brava's Kludge Drone, then converted again with Mozzie's Pest. FIXED – Zero's Argus Camera is destroyed by electrified walls when hacked by a Kludge Drone controlled by Mozzie. FIXED – Bailiff 410 reload animation does not play properly after firing a bullet during the reload animation. FIXED – IQ's Electronics Detector doesn't detect Claymores or Nomad's Air Jab that are converted by a Kludge Drone controlled by Mozzie. FIXED – IQ's Electronics Detector doesn't show wave VFX on Observation Tools converted by a Kludge Drone controlled by Mozzie. FIXED – Grenade Launcher projectiles and Kaid's Electroclaw are not caught by Wamai's Mag-NET if it's been converted while an elite skin is equipped. FIXED – Glitch VFX shows on Bulletproof Cameras after Mute's Signal Disruptor converted by Brava's Kludge Drone is destroyed. FIXED – IQ's Electronics Detector detects Solis at all times. FIXED – Bullet hole exploit allowed for unfair lines of sight on Kafe Dostoyevsky map. FIXED – .44 Magnum magazine appears from the top of the screen during reload animation FIXED – Drone order is incorrect in Observation Tools when switching between a Kludge Drone controlled by Mozzie’s Pest and other drones controlled by Mozzie. Audio FIXED – Echo’s Yokai is missing deactivated state SFX after being hacked by Brava’s Kludge Drone and going within range of Mute’s Signal Disruptor. Operators FIXED – Maestro's Evil Eye open and shoot prompt is missing after being converted by Brava's Kludge Drone. FIXED – Hack VFX is visible on screen after Brava takes back a Kludge Drone previously hacked by Mozzie's Pest. FIXED – Brava's Commando Striker Uniform replaces the position of the default uniform in the uniforms menu after unlocking the Brava Guerreira Bundle tile in Battle Pass. FIXED – Thorn's Razorbloom Shell remains visible after being destroyed by a Mag-NET converted by Brava's Kludge Drone. FIXED – Zero's Argus Launcher Laser has white team color regardless of what's set in the accessibility options. FIXED – Echo's Yokai firing VFX is missing in first person and misplaced in third person. FIXED – Defenders receive negative score points when destroying converted security cameras by Brava's Kludge Drone. FIXED – Azami's Kiba Barriers are not caught by a Mag-NET converted by Brava'...Rainbow Six Siege's new free Kapkan skin inspired by "grinning snake"Mar 20, 2023 - The LoadoutIf you're looking to personalise your Rainbow Six Siege experience, you might already know that you can spend some R6 Credits on some fantastic in-game cosmetics. However, fans of Ubisoft's tactical shooter can also pick up a slick free Kapkan skin from Twitch Prime Gaming with an active Amazon Prime memebership - for a limited time. If you're interested, you might also be interested in the fact that the skin itself was inspired by a "grinning adder snake". We know the latest Rainbow Six Siege Amazon Prime Gaming bundle is truly epic, but how cool is that? Before that, though, some details - as we know you like free things. From March 14, until April 14, Rainbow Six Siege players with an active Amazon Prime membership (or Twitch Prime subscription), will be able to log onto the Rainbow Six Siege Amazon Prime Gaming page right here and claim a completely free Kapkan operator bundle - which comes with a Headgear, a Uniform, a 9x19VSN weapon skin, and a weapon charm. Designed by the incredibly talented 'LevaSoj', the bundle features a rather unique look for the Russian defender; he's wearing a bright red beret, for one. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Latest Rainbow Six Siege Amazon Prime Gaming bundle is truly epic Rainbow Six Siege could benefit from this simple game-changing gadget Rainbow Six Siege Operation Commanding Force release time rumour, more Latest Rainbow Six Siege Amazon Prime Gaming bundle is truly epicMar 14, 2023 - The LoadoutUbisoft's tactical shooter Rainbow Six Siege has been around for over eight years now and there are some pretty swanky cosmetics on offer - from slick collaborations with Tomb Raider and Nier Replicant to a whole host of Elite operator bundles welll worth your R6 Credits. From March 14, though, you can pick up another epic operator bundle for completely free - all you need is an Amazon Prime Gaming account. Sounds good, right? Well, allow us to explain. Over the years, Rainbow Six Siege has worked with talented fan artists to create bespoke fan-art based operator bundles - it's nothing new. However, the next one that Amazon Prime Gaming subscribers can get their hands on is something quite special - and, of course, it's free. So, there's really no reason for you to not want to pick it up. As you can see for yourself down below, Rainbow Six Siege has teamed up with the ever-talented LevaSoj to create a Kapkan operator bundle worth getting your hands on. It features a uniform cosmetic, a headgear cosmetic, a 9x19VSN weapon skin, and a charm (which features a chibi version of Kapkan wearing said uniform and headgear). Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Rainbow Six Siege could benefit from this simple game-changing gadget Rainbow Six Siege Operation Commanding Force release time rumour, more Rainbow Six Siege risk ruining Frost with Welcome Mat rework in Y8S2 Steam Global Top Sellers for week of 7 Mar — 14 March 2023Mar 14, 2023 - SteamDB * Steam Deck; * Sons Of The Forest; * Hogwarts Legacy; * Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six® Siege; * Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® II; * Resident Evil 4; * Red Dead Redemption 2; * Dead by Daylight; * Last Epoch; * Grand Theft Auto V; * excluding free to play games View top 100 on SteamDBRainbow Six Siege is temporarily a free game, so you need to act fastMar 13, 2023 - PCGamesNIf you've never played Rainbow Six Siege, the stalwart online FPS from Assassin's Creed and Far Cry developer Ubisoft, now's the perfect opportunity, as the multiplayer shooter is fleetingly a free game on the Epic Games Store. Break out the battering rams, steel your riot shields, and corral a few would-be special forces buddies - if you act fast, you can jump into R6 Siege for absolutely nothing. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Ubisoft sanctions 19,000 player accounts due to "fraudulent exploit" Rainbow Six Siege MouseTrap anti-cheat targets pesky spoofers Rainbow Six Siege Year 8 update finally ends reload frustrations Rainbow Six Siege mouse spoofers scramble to support forums after new anticheat 'Mousetrap' unexpectedly kicks inMar 7, 2023 - PC Gamer"Mousetrap" is an anticheat technology developed for Rainbow Six Siege that's intended to detect and punish "spoofers"—that is, players who use mouse and keyboard on their consoles in order to gain a precision advantage over people using controllers. Ubisoft announced the system in February and said it was supposed to go live in April, but it may have jumped the gun on that a bit because some Xim Apex users are already reporting that their devices are being detected... Read more.Y8S1 Commanding Force Patch Notes AddendumMar 7, 2023 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8328525/a90023b06fd6569bde99a74ec74ab01b52b673e2.png You can find here the updates and fixes made over the course of the Y8S1 Season Test Server. For the full Operation Commanding Force Patch Notes, follow the link below. Operation Commanding Force Season Patch Notes: Y8S1 PATCH SIZE Find the download sizes for each platform below. • Ubisoft Connect: 5.34 GB • Steam: 3.6 GB • Xbox One: 4.35 GB • Xbox Series X: 4.87 GB • PlayStation 4: 4.53 GB • PlayStation 5: 4.18 GB PLAYER COMFORT BRAVA At season launch, Brava’s Kludge Drone will overload Aruni’s Surya Gate rather than convert it, meaning that it will deactivate but remain a Defender device. This is a temporary fix until an issue with conversion between these two devices is resolved in a later update. BUG FIXES GAMEPLAY FIXED – Defuser can't be picked up while sprinting. FIXED – Operator Card health bar extends beyond the frame during the end of round replay. FIXED – Operators can melee through Shields. FIXED – Misleading controller layout for Spectator. FIXED – Ammo desync between players shooting after the reload is finished. FIXED – Zero's Argus Camera floats in the air if it was deployed on Castle's Armor Panel and Defenders remove it from the other side. FIXED – Zero's Argus Camera can't pierce the surface if there was a device on the other side while the camera deployed. FIXED – Clipping occurs when deploying a device onto an elevated surface. FIXED – Dokkaebi can hack an additional phone if two more Defenders are eliminated. FIXED – Low performance while rewinding or fast-forwarding in Match Replay. FIXED – Match Replay UI widgets have arrows displayed incorrectly. FIXED – Incorrect behavior after pressing ESC key when affected by Dokkaebi's Logic Bomb as an eliminated Defender. FIXED – Incorrect animation while counter-defusing. FIXED – Play Again button in the Home section doesn't display the last-played playlist. FIXED – VFX and SFX for out of bounds occur briefly while respawning. LEVEL DESIGN FIXED – Azami's Kiba Barrier at certain angles allows players to vault vegetation near the stairs at 2F CC Stairs on Nighthaven Map. OPERATORS FIXED – Clipping present during deploy and pickup animations while rappelling as Osa. FIXED – Missing VFX and SFX on Flores's RCE-Ratero Charge. FIXED – Mute must fully finish equipping the Signal Disruptor before he can deploy it. FIXED – Solis' SPEC-IO Electro-Sensor HUD remains displayed on her kill cam after being eliminated. FIXED – Zero's Argus Launcher crosshair incorrectly displays that it can pierce metal floor beams. FIXED – Zero's Argus Camera uses incorrect SFX when piercing a reinforced wall. FIXED – Mute's Signal Disruptor unequip animation is played too fast. FIXED – Lion's EE-One-D is reflecting onto the ground indoors and outdoors. FIXED – Sledge cannot equip the Breaching Hammer while in ADS. FIXED – Zero's Argus Launcher screen isn't displaying anything. FIXED – Brava's left arm c...Rainbow Six Siege could benefit from this simple game-changing gadgetMar 7, 2023 - The LoadoutWhen it comes to taking a look at tactical FPS games, no one does it better than Ubisoft with Rainbow Six Siege; there's a reason this game is pushing into it's eighth year of content, after all. However, despite all the positives, there's still one thing this game is missing - and it really would be a game-changing addition to the shooter. Now, we don't know about you, but we think introducing deployable ladders would add a new level to combat and the strategy on offer - and yes, we meant that pun. A thought sparked by a suggestion made by 'aung_swan_pyae' on the Rainbow Six Siege subreddit, Ubisoft's shooter really could benefit from introducing deployable ladders as a secondary gadget - or even a unique gadget for an upcoming operator. Why are we convinced Rainbow Six Siege needs deployable ladders? Well, when you sit down and think about it, almost every gadget and mechanic has some sort of counter, be than an built-in mechanic or an opposing gadge - except the hatches. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Rainbow Six Siege Operation Commanding Force release time rumour, more Rainbow Six Siege risk ruining Frost with Welcome Mat rework in Y8S2 Rainbow Six Siege leaks hint at console mouse and keyboard sanctions RANKED 2.0: Y7S4 FINDINGSMar 6, 2023 - Community AnnouncementsRANKED 2.0: Y7S4 FINDINGS In Y7S4, a new Ranked system called Ranked 2.0. was introduced, transforming the players’ experience on the matchmaking level. WHAT WE DISCOVERED With Ranked 2.0 being live for a full season, we can now share more information about what we’ve learned so far. We’ve included in this dev blog our discoveries as well as steps we will be taking to improve this system. For more details on what has changed since the launch of Ranked 2.0, please refer to this dedicated article. RANKED PLAYER’S POPULATION Since the launch of Ranked 2.0, we've seen an increase in the Ranked players population. 41% of players have tried ranked at least once last season, which represents an increase when compared to the previous seasons for which the average was around 35%. Ranked players also played more matches. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8328525/c299e0c34f5c15c047c72ef5e5214f13656d6bd3.png When looking at the time spent on each game mode, we can clearly see how Ranked has grown to encompass an average of 51.4% of the global playtime spent in Rainbow Six: Siege, with the previous average being at around 39%. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8328525/a41c255aec4f07fefb5a0df8b64aa02965695411.png MATCHMAKING Removing skill reset at the season’s start helped improve matchmaking balance and fairness. In Y7S4, the percentage of one-sided matches (matches ending in 4 or 5 rounds) reduced, meaning that matches were more even for everyone. WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT Despite good results from the new Ranked system, we are also aware of some issues that are affecting players in their ladder experience. RANK DISTRIBUTION Overall, players seemed to reach a Rank equal to their hidden skill near the middle of the season. Players that reach that point and keep playing achieve a maximum of 1 to 2 divisions above their skill level, with fewer than a 0.05 percentage of players reaching higher than those 2 extra divisions which, overall, we are pleased about. CHAMPIONS’ DISTRIBUTION It’s true that we’ve seen an increase in the number of players reaching the Champion’s Rank. However, as shown previously, hitting Champion remains a matter of skill. The average Champion player still takes around 100 matches to regain the Champions’ Rank which is what we expected and is in line with the previous season's rule. We know that reaching the top rank in Siege should feel like an accomplishment and that’s why we are working on a way to make it more challenging. We’ll have more to share on this in Y8S2. LINEAL CLIMB PROGRESSION Right now, the common Ranked experience for players is earning +80RP per win for most of the season until they start getting close to their real Rank. This is not a positive experience for most players as the journey through those ranks starts to feel very linear. We also feel like maintaining the same progression speed throughout much of the ladder does not represent the experience that we want, for example, a player with a hidden Skill of 4000 should not progress through Copper an...NEW RAINBOW SIX SIEGE STREAMER CHARMS FOR Y8S1!Mar 6, 2023 - Community AnnouncementsAnnouncing the next Streamer Charms! Each season will bring the release of new charms, as well as a return of the streamer’s charms from previous seasons! NEW {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8328525/608006d776d9eee0bddfcd1a912fcc609a5f3e39.png Retalha TheLionerYT itsSpoit Returning {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8328525/25b56206d9ebe52ce4e75c3e42427f28ba3e3a2b.png {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8328525/fbdf11f6600b5a8e332ded61001b69f8766a28cd.png {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8328525/a6196363b232a132037e5b89fb3f73e41b041c54.png {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8328525/94bbdc7dcdc6f115993569df96505d3ca459270d.png Ad9m Alfredoplays AnneMunition Beaulo Bighead Bnans Braction CCSesports Drid FastAnne Gabbo Get_Flanked Heideltraut Interro JerichoFive JessGOAT Jynxzi Just9n Kalera KingGeorge KittyR6 LagonisR6 Lil_Lexi Lt Custard Lusorkoeffizient MacieJay Mag6 M3RYLAND Matimi0 MrBboy45 Narcoleptic Nugget Nesk PaladinAmber Patife Pengu Punjistick RazaH REMGURI / 렘쨩 Rubsarb Sixquatre SexyCake Sha77e Shorty shroud SilphTV TangyD Tatted Thaqil Tranth Varsity WhiteShark67 yo_boy_roy z1ronic Zander ziGueira GarfieldIsDoc BikiniBodhi Supr RyyFyy FoxA Nerdengenheiro MinimicheggaRainbow6itacom Jost_Rekt Just_Ryuk Paluhh Poxonlox We are currently reviewing our Streamer Charm roster. Any changes will be reflected in this blog post. How to acquire charms These charms are only available by subscribing to the respective streamer’s Twitch channel with a linked Ubisoft account. For more information on how to link your Ubisoft and Twitch account, as well as opt in for Twitch Drops, please refer to this FAQ. How to get involved We are always on the lookout for additional content creators to add to the program. If your goal is to see your charm in game, we use the following criteria to begin the selection process for potential candidates: This is an evolving program so to reflect this, the following requirements have been adjusted. Requirements to be considered Approximately 150+ concurrent viewers. Average of 10 Rainbow Six streams per month. Average of 20 hours of Rainbow Six streamed per month. Positive standing with Ubisoft/Rainbow Six Siege. High quality level of content. Twitch Partnered. Rainbow Six Siege reserves the right for final decision. Consideration for Removal Less than 10 Rainbow Six Siege main streams over 3 months. Level of quality dropping below an acceptable level. Standing with Rainbow Six Siege/Ubisoft compromised. Any actions that may negatively affect the R6S/Ubisoft brand. Loss of Twitch Partnership. Rainbow Six Siege reserves the right for removal of any charms.Year 8 Pass: Best R6 Deal of the YearMar 3, 2023 - Community AnnouncementsCelebrate the start of Year 8 of Rainbow Six Siege with the best deal on Battle Passes you can get all year. The Year 8 Pass comes with all four Year 8 Battle Passes, 4 new Operators, playing those Operators 14-days early, unlocking tons of exclusive skins for drones, weapons, & Operators, enjoying a 10% store discount for a year, earning up to 2,400 R6 credits, 30% faster Battle Pass progression, and more. For only $29.99 USD the Year 8 Pass offers big savings by including 4 Battle Passes for a price similar to purchasing 3 Battle Passes individually. The Year 8 Pass is only available until March 20th so don’t miss out! Click here to get it now. Upgrade to the Year 8 Premium Pass to get everything in the standard Year 8 Pass and 20 Battle level skips per season to unlock rewards even faster and exclusive skins for Ace and Thunderbird. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8328525/2781f07827141c210b87e602d96a4b48c0ce21ff.jpgRainbow Six Siege player hacks drone that hacks drones to somehow kill player with their own claymoreMar 1, 2023 - PC GamerThere was a time when the most complicated device in Rainbow Six Siege was an iPad that detects heartbeats. I imagine all of the CS:GO players who bounced off of Siege after getting spotted through a wall in 2015 would run for the hills if they knew what was possible in 2023. Thanks to Siege's newest attacker, Brava, you can't even trust your own claymores not to kill you... Read more.Ubisoft sanctions 19,000 player accounts due to "fraudulent exploit"Feb 21, 2023 - PCGamesNUbisoft, developer of Rainbow Six Siege, Assassin's Creed, Far Cry, and The Division says it has sanctioned 19,000 player accounts that were reportedly found using a "fraudulent exploit." The FPS and RPG game developer says it has a "zero tolerance" policy on fraudulent activity, after previously reporting that 12,000 accounts would be sanctioned. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: You can get free Assassin's Creed loot by eating pizza Assassin's Creed Valhalla temporarily becomes a free Steam game Assassin's Creed Valhalla Steam achievements are a no, says Ubisoft Ubisoft sanctions 19,000 player accounts due to "fraudulent exploit"Feb 21, 2023 - PCGamesNUbisoft, developer of Rainbow Six Siege, Assassin's Creed, Far Cry, and The Division says it has sanctioned 19,000 player accounts that were reportedly found using a "fraudulent exploit." The FPS and RPG game developer says it has a "zero tolerance" policy on fraudulent activity, after previously reporting that 12,000 accounts would be sanctioned. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: You can get free Assassin's Creed loot by eating pizza Assassin's Creed Valhalla temporarily becomes a free Steam game Assassin's Creed Valhalla Steam achievements are a no, says Ubisoft Y8S1 Designer's NotesFeb 20, 2023 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8328525/efa6e4ac52f0b12469c2563ab8ef572a7bb687db.pngY8S1 DESIGNER'S NOTES In this latest edition of Designer’s Notes, we’ll go into detail about the balancing changes that’ll come with the Y8S1 Balancing Test Server and give you some insight into the reasons behind them. BALANCING MATRIX AND TOP OPERATOR BANS WIN DELTA VS. PRESENCE {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8328525/1c64145cba09d7a32cadf94de15fee1bce88f5d1.png {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8328525/5457c6845756122374d2779dd298b0b3aab8a9fb.png {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8328525/a85fe280065a7e438ee844c3830c68d08ec57299.png {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8328525/0d3ec971882c683c51493e074ede2dbd9f9616a9.png Please note that we are using presence to gauge the popularity of an Operator. This notion had to be introduced to reflect the implementation of the pick & ban. Presence definition: pick rate of an Operator when not banned. Win Delta: The Win Delta is aggregated from Operator’s Win Deltas per Bomb Site. OPERATOR BAN RATE {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8328525/2f817048da7e1a20a53e9dfdfabd3d4bea1fce7e.png {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8328525/8bd0adc524bda2eaf9384aaeb4c24e2ed8350a93.png {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8328525/b10ef8b2a51e220770c35989d60085684a51e4e0.png {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8328525/a65dc7909a24327aaa46559721f34301bab756d4.png OPERATOR BALANCE ZEROARGUS CAMERA • The camera won't pierce the surface automatically. • The piercing action can only be initiated by Zero and only when controlling a deployed Argus Camera. • Once the camera has pierced a surface, any living attacker can swap sides. We intend to improve two aspects of Zero’s gadget with this change. First, we want to make it easier to place the initial camera in more locations. Since it won't pierce automatically, you can place it wherever you want without worry it will be vulnerable from the other side of the wall. This should increase the stealth fantasy of being able to setup your camera network undetected to utilize it when your squad is in position. Second, we’re increasing the window of opportunity after piercing through a surface. With the manual interaction, you will decide when to pierce walls, meaning you will already be on the camera when this action happens. It will help you to gather intel or deal with some utility before it gets destroyed by defenders, something that could happen before you had access to your camera prior to this change. WEAPON BALANCE ONE IN THE CHAMBERWEAPON RELOAD SYSTEM • If you interrupt the reload animation after the magazine is removed the weapon will remain without a magazine until the animation is completed. • The ammunition is available once the magazine is attached to the weapon. • If the weapon uses a closed bolt system, a bullet will remain in the chamber, if a reload of a partially spent magazine is interrupted. You can shoot this bullet at any time. Right now, reloading a weapon does not carry the same weight as other actions in the game as you can cancel it at any moment without consequence. Additionally, it can be frustrating when you hea...Rainbow Six Siege risk ruining Frost with Welcome Mat rework in Y8S2Feb 20, 2023 - The LoadoutIf you can believe it, the eighth year of Rainbow Six Siege content is almost here and Ubisoft has shared quite a bit of information about what this tactical FPS' fans can look forward to over the next four seasons of updates. Some of these upcoming changes, like the Consulate map rework and the Shooting Range update, are quite exciting. However, these announcements haven't been met with universal praise; the upcoming Rainbow Six Siege Frost rework is already proving unpopular with fans - despite the fact that it's going to introduce tracking akin to Apex Legends' Bloodhound. Discussing Rainbow Six Siege's Year 8 content roadmap and what players can expect in the future during the Six Invitational, Ubisoft detailed that it was "revisiting Frost - specifically her Welcome Mat" - in order to start "empowering both sides of the fight". Traditionally, and at the moment, Frost's Welcome Mat is a trap she can place that will instantly knock an enemy operator into a DBNO state when triggered. This makes it quite an effective defensive tool, especially when placed behind vaultables like windows. At the moment, a manual revive from a teammate is the only way to save a player from DBNO via Welcome Mat - even Doc's Stim Pistol is useless. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Rainbow Six Siege Operation Commanding Force release time rumour, more Rainbow Six Siege leaks hint at console mouse and keyboard sanctions Rainbow Six Siege Splinter Cell alumni Zero might be nerfed next Rainbow Six Siege is revamping riot shields and overhauling the new player experience in 2023Feb 19, 2023 - PC Gamers part of its 2023 Rainbow Six Siege Invitational livestream, Ubisoft outlined its plans for the tactical shooter's eighth year, including the new operators, tools, and balance changes coming down the pike... Read more.Rainbow Six Siege is going to start doing evil things to mouse and keyboard players on consoleFeb 18, 2023 - PC Gamers a humble, yeoman, single player FPSer, I can never tell whether gamepad or mouse and keyboard is supposed to be the good one that cheaters use. Overwatch and Apex players all seemed broken up about aim assist and the reviled controller users, while Amazon listings for abominations like the HORI Tactical Assault Commander stand in mute testimony of mankind's misguided attempts to bring M&K to console shooters... Read more.Rainbow Six: Siege Hits New All-Time High Player Count, Up 51% After Operation Chimera UpdateMar 7, 2018 - GitHypRainbow Six: Siege was last year’s biggest comeback story on Steam. Launching with a peak of only 12k players back in 2015, Ubisoft’s tactical shooter saw its player base break 100k players for the first time ever in 2017. Now in its third year on Steam, Rainbow Six: Siege is bigger than ever. Today, R6S saw its player base rise by 51% from yesterday, hitting a new all-time peak of 176k concurrent players after releasing its biggest content update yet. [caption id="attachment_334858" align="aligncenter" width="770"] Rainbow Six: Siege's Peak Concurrent Players on Steam via GitHyp[/caption] The Operation Chimera content update that was responsible for the explosive growth brings two new operator characters, a co-op zombie mode called Outbreak, and has also unlocked features such as weapon attachments and all 20 of the original operators for those who purchased prior versions of the game. 2018 was already a great year for R6S with the player base increasing by 10k players in both January and February. And with interest among gamers now stronger than ever for the competitive shooter, Rainbow Six: Siege is likely to continue its growth this year and remain in Steam’s top 5 most played games right behind PUBG, Dota 2, and CS:GO.Gaming's Biggest Bombs and Best Comebacks on Steam in 2017Jan 10, 2018 - GitHyp2017 was an odd year for gaming. After most of the overhyped games that didn’t deliver in 2016, gamers weren’t as quick to jump on the hype train of new titles in 2017. As a result, only one game in 2017 broke into Steam’s top 10 most played, compared to five in 2016. That one game? If you couldn’t guess, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, which had a record-breaking year and toppled Valve's own top games, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2, to become Steam's new #1 game. The next closest new game was Divinity: Original Sin II, which despite very positive reviews and winning multiple Game of the Year awards, only debuted at #12 with 93k players. So, what exactly happened in 2017? Conan Exiles was the hottest new game at the start of the year. The game's open world combined with nude character models caused it to explode in popularity on Twitch, which in turn helped the player base skyrocket to a peak of 53k players back in February 2017. But Conan quickly lost momentum and saw 93% of his player base exit the game just a couple months later due to bugs, limited content, and other early access issues. With Ubisoft’s poor track record and some of the previous year’s biggest bombs, many still had hope that their new melee brawler, For Honor, was unique enough to break the cycle. And it seemed possible after a successful beta. Sadly, For Honor went on to become 2017’s biggest flop with an even quicker player base drop-off than The Division -- falling from a peak of 71k players all the way down to an average of 1.9k players to end the year. GitHyp predicted LawBreakers would flop based on early beta player counts and we compared it to 2016’s Battleborn. But LawBreakers ended up much worse than Battleborn’s disappointing peak of 12k players at launch. The new shooter from CliffyB peaked at 7.5k players and since has lost 99% of its player base, now struggling to break 50 concurrent players each day and often dropping down into the single digits. Publisher Nexon recently wrote the entire game off, blaming PUBG for their shooter not clicking with audiences, while most games have placed the blame on the marketing and developers at Boss Key. Speaking of Battleborn, it too was in the news in 2017 despite its failed launched in 2016. The dying class-based shooter switched to the free-to-play model in 2017 to try and salvage the title. And sure enough, the f2p switch helped spike the player base back up to over one thousand players… but, that number quickly dropped back down to under one hundred. And just like LawBreakers, it too has since lost 99% of its player base. Although, switching to the free-to-play model wasn’t enough to save most struggling games, there were also many success stories in 2017. The MOBA-inspired, Battlerite, started with a peak of 13k players towards the end of 2016. One year later it was struggling to break 1k players. After switching to f2p, the peak spiked at 45k players, and the arena brawler is still managing to maintain an average of over 10k concurrent players. Ubisoft might have been responsible for 2017's biggest bomb, but they were also responsible for 2017's biggest comeback. Their competitive squad shooter, Rainbow Six: Siege, had a rough start when it was overshadowed by Ubisoft's other upcoming title, The Division, back in 2015. But after numerous tweaks, balances, and updates to the gameplay and pricing format, Siege has seen its player base continue to rise each month. In November 2015, Siege launched with a average of 7.6k players per hour. In December 2017, that number grew to an average of 69k players per hour. Siege even broke 100k players at its peak last month and is now almost always in Steam's top 5 most played games. Payday 2 was the year's other biggest success story. The four-player co-op shooter originally launched on Steam all the way back in 2013, but the game exploded in popularity over the summer hitting a new all-time peak of 245k concurrent players after the developers gave away five million free copies. That number has since dropped, but Payday 2 has remained in Steam’s top 20 games each day pulling in an impressive average of 36k players per hour. Other popular f2p games also set new all-time peaks in 2017. Warframe’s 'Plains of Eildon' expansion helped double its player base with 122k players. While Path of Exile saw its player base peak just short of 100k players for the first time ever after launching its most popular content update in over five years. Even some of the previous year’s biggest bombs showed signs of life in 2017. No Man’s Sky released multiple big content updates throughout the year with its latest bringing in the most players since launch and breaking back into Steam’s top 20 most played games. Ubisoft’s The Division also came back from the dead, hitting its highest peak since December 2016 with 33k concurrent players over a free-to-play weekend in December 2017. So, what's going to happen in 2018? With PUBG continuing to dominate at the start of the year, 2018 could already be in the same situation as 2017. Dragon Ball FighterZ will likely be the biggest fighting game launch ever on Steam, but most fighting games see their player bases decline shortly after launch, so its hype might not last outside of the FGC. And it’s not helping that some of the year’s other most anticipated games have been delayed on Steam way after their console launches (or not even confirmed to be coming to PC yet), such as in the case with Monster Hunter: World and Red Dead Redemption 2. Looks like it’s all up to you to make 2018 a great year for new PC games on Steam, Untitled Goose Game!Rainbow Six: Siege Breaks 100k Concurrent Players on Steam for the First TimeDec 9, 2017 - GitHypAfter only managing to bring in a peak of 12k concurrent players during its first weekend, Rainbow Six: Siege's launch on Steam back in December 2015 was underwhelming to say the least. With the player counts dropping after its first week, things didn’t look good for the squad-based shooter. And to make matters worse, Ubisoft’s own upcoming launch of The Division shifted most of the publisher's marketing focus to promoting the more highly anticipated of the two Tom Clancy shooters. But while The Division's player base started with over 100k players and overshadowed Rainbow Six, it quickly lost 93% of them 3 months after launch. Now, two years later, Siege has become Ubisoft's flagship shooter and is on the heels of surpassing The Division's all-time peak after hitting 100,048 concurrent players this weekend on Steam. [caption id="attachment_309285" align="aligncenter" width="786"] Rainbow Six: Siege's Peak Player Counts on Steam via GitHyp[/caption] Siege's success is due to a combination of factors, many of which Ubisoft hasn't been able to successfully pull off in any of their other recent multiplayer games. Free-to-play weekends have enticed new players, while constant waves of new updates and characters such as this weekend's 'Operation White Noise' have been enough to keep players around. Although Rainbow Six: Siege started as a full priced $60 game, Ubisoft made the clever decision to adopt a free-to-play model with a hybrid season pass system to reduce the game's barrier to entry. Siege still costs $14.99 for the base game (which doesn't include all of the Operator characters), but Ubisoft's handling of the tiered systems has been embraced by the community with Very Positive recent and overall reviews on Steam. The increase in Siege's player base has even been enough to help it surpass Team Fortress 2 and become the #4 most played game on Steam. But Rainbow Siege: Siege still has a long way to go before it topples Steam's current top squad shooter, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, which pulls in peaks of 400-500k concurrent players at #3 on Steam.Rainbow Six: Siege’s Playerbase Has More Than Tripled Since LaunchJun 5, 2017 - GitHypOver the past year, Ubisoft has seen drastic drop-offs in the playerbases for almost all of their popular new releases. As we first reported last June, the most shocking of these declines was their best-selling game ever, The Division, losing 93% of its players in just the first 3 months. And since then, we’ve seen Watch Dogs 2, For Honor, and Ghost Recon: Wildlands all follow the same trend. However, the same cannot be said about Ubisoft’s competitive shooter, Rainbow Six: Siege, which has seen its playerbase triple (even quintuple at one point) in size since its launch back in December 2015. Unlike Ubisoft’s more recent top 2016 and 2017 titles, Siege didn’t have the strongest debut when it peaked at 12k players over its first weekend. This lead to Ubisoft being quick to announce a 40% spike in players right after releasing the “Skull Rain” DLC last August… a number which quickly fell back down as the game struggled in its early days to build a fanbase. [caption id="attachment_268641" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Rainbow Six: Siege's Average Player Count per Hour via GitHyp[/caption] But Ubisoft’s continued support of Siege with new content, balance updates, price reductions, and free weekend promotions have all contributed to the game’s growth. The developer’s big Year 2 “Operation: Velvet Shell” update combined with a free-to-play weekend back in February brought in a new record high of 65k concurrent players – a number large enough to also help Siege break into Steam’s top 5 most played games for the first time. Since that record-setting weekend, Siege’s numbers have slightly declined, but Rainbow Six’s future still looks bright for both Ubisoft and fans. Recent player counts are on average higher than they ever were before the Velvet Shell update. And Siege is constantly in Steam’s top 10 most played games with peaks around 40k concurrent players and averages around 30k players per hour each weekend. With an upcoming Steam Summer Sale, where the game is surely to be discounted even further, and plenty of new content on the way (as Ubisoft has shared with the Year Two Roadmap) Rainbow Six: Siege’s playerbase is expected to show even more growth in the near future.Ubisoft Reports a 40% Spike in Rainbow Six: Siege Players After New Content ReleasesAug 17, 2016 - GitHypBack in June, we reported that The Division had lost a shocking 93% of its playerbase since launching on Steam. We even compared The Division's plummeting player counts to Ubisoft's other Tom Clancy-inspired online shooter, Rainbow Six: Siege, and mentioned that Ubisoft’s underdog was actually outperforming their “fastest selling game ever” and was even showing signs of growth. While our story made headlines on the eve of E3, Ubisoft stayed silent and spent gaming’s biggest week of the year focusing on hyping up their other upcoming titles. But now, two months later, Ubisoft is boasting about Rainbow Six's numbers and how more people are currently playing than at launch.   [caption id="attachment_193038" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Rainbow-Six-Siege-IGN-Graph Ubisoft's Rainbow Six: Siege Player Count Data[/caption] Ubisoft recently shared the above graph of Siege’s player activity since launch with IGN and we can confirm that based on GitHyp's own hourly player data that the Operation: Skull Rain DLC and free-to-play weekend did in fact combine to double the game’s original daily peaks of PC players on Steam recorded back in January. Unfortunately, while it's good to see Ubisoft taking a step in the right direction and reporting player counts, their quick report didn't give actual player count numbers and only focused on the launch hype... and now two weeks later, the player counts on Steam have already dropped back down significantly. It's been so much of a decrease that the 40% increase they originally reported to IGN is now almost back down to 0% with an average player count that has returned to close to what it was in January of around 13k players per hour. [caption id="attachment_193039" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Rainbow-Six-Siege-GitHyp-Graph GitHyp's Rainbow Six: Siege Player Count per Hour Data[/caption] Still, the new content and changes being made to the game by the devs certainly proves that there’s a strong interest among both new and old players that’s keeping Rainbow Six: Siege in Steam’s daily top 20 games with no signs of it falling off drastically any time soon. Meanwhile, The Division is on the verge of falling out of Steam's top 100 games with only about 1/6 of the average players per hour that Siege has now.