The latest season of Rainbow Six Siege, Operation Brutal Swarm, has been announced by Ubisoft and the update implements a substantial list of gameplay tweaks and new content, highlighted by the addition of a new operator.
Grim is the latest to join the tactical shooter's roster, as a Singaporean Attacker who was raised in a survivalist household in the district of Jurong. His Kawan Hive Launcher can deploy a swarm of bee-like nanobots that hover in an area for a set period of time and tag hostile targets who walk through them. Tagged targets can be tracked by all Attackers in real-time. Some bees stay with the target even after they've left the swarm area, pinging their location a few more times before finally deactivating.
"Having your position revealed in Siege can have deadly consequences, so Grim is a powerful force for disrupting Defender schemes," Ubisoft wrote in a blog post. "He can be instrumental in helping his allies clear rooms as they advance on the objective, and can help watch the team's back by deploying swarms along likely flank routes."
Grim is classified as a three-speed, one-health operator, which means he's fast but has low health. His primary weapon options include the 552 Commando assault rifle or the SG-CQB shotgun. He also packs the P229 pistol as his secondary weapon, with either the Breach Charge or Claymore rounding out his arsenal.
The update also adds the new Impact EMP grenade, which is capable of disabling enemy gadgets in a small radius. This new addition can be used by some Attackers as a generic gadget option, which should help deal with electric barriers.
For gameplay changes, meanwhile, players can expect improvements to the tactical map, along with a map ban system to support more map diversity. Speaking of maps, the Stadium map, which first appeared in 2021's Road to SI event, has been polished up to join the game’s rotating map pool.
Loadouts can also be customised more extensively, with weapon attachments now becoming available across different weapon types. The effects of some attachments have been tweaked though, so players might want to go back to the Shooting Range to get a feel for the changes.
Operation Brutal Swarm will be playable on the PC Test Server on 22 August, with the full season launch scheduled for 6 September. Rainbow Six Siege is available on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and Stadia.
The latest season of Rainbow Six Siege, Operation Brutal Swarm, adds a new Singaporean operator.
Grim joins the game's roster as an Attacker, packing the new Kawan Hive Launcher, a gun which can deploy a swarm of bee-like nanobots that hover in an area for a set period of time and tag hostile targets who walk through them
Operation Brutal Swarm will be playable on the PC Test Server on 22 August, with the full season launch scheduled for 6 September.