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Rainbow Six Siege's Operation Steel Wave might shake up the current meta

Published: 17:03, 18 May 2020
Rainbow Six Siege - Ace
Rainbow Six Siege - Ace

Rainbow Six Siege is getting a mini-makeover in the form of a new Operation. The operation Steel Wave will bring a new Attacker, a new Defender and a reimagined House map.

Today's remote livestream reveal hosted by Ubisoft brought news and full details on the second season of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege Year 5. 

Say hello to Operation Steel Wave which will introduce Ace, a new Attacker from Norway and Melusi, a new Defender hailing from South Africa. The two will be accompanied by an entirely reworked House map and a slew of gameplay changes. 


As a part of the Norwegian Home Guard, Ace acquired a heroic reputation. After being accepted into the Forsvarets Spesialkommando, on a joint UN operation in Somalia, Ace emerged saving Kali’s life. The offer to join NIGHTHAVEN swiftly followed. 

Ace is equipped with S.E.L.M.A., a throwable and stickable device that will cling to any vertical surface and slowly destroy up to 3 panels, one after the other. The S.E.L.M.A gadget can also be thrown at almost any defensive gadget and destroy it. 


Melusi signed up with the South African National Defence Force to broaden her skillset and fund her field ranger training. After an ambush left her badly wounded, she resigned from the military and – as the heart of the Inkaba Task Force Anti-Poaching Unit – began training local women in tracking, interception, and surveillance. 

Melusi is equipped with Banshee deployable electronic gadgets. It applies a slowing effect to any attackers that are in a direct line of sight. The Banshee can also be used as an intel gadget as it produces an identifiable sound when an attacker enters its range. 

In addition to the two new Operators, players will be able to explore a reimagined House map. The newly remodelled map now features expansions to the basement area, attic, and office tower. 

Additional updates

Additional game updates include:

  • Unified MMR
  • Amaru Buff
  • Proximity Alarm
  • Addition of Echo Elite set  

The Test Server for Operation Steel Wave will go live on May 19. The Test Server is exclusive to Windows PC.

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