Ubisoft Teases Rainbow Six Siege Operation Red Crow Hibana And Echo Operators

Written by Jon Sutton on Tue, Nov 8, 2016 2:00 PM
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Ubisoft has been teasing the free Operation Red Crow update for Rainbow Six Siege with a pair of new trailers. The imminent update includes the new Skyscraper map and a pair of meta-game altering new Operators. The map is set atop a giant Japanese skyscraper in a feudal-themed restaurant or club, providing plenty of opportunity for long sight lines and taking advantage of multiple tall structures.

I’m not sure why they bother but Ubisoft has thrown in some token lore to explain while a motley crew of GIGN, BOPE, FBI, SAS, GSG9, Spetsnaz, JTF2, Navy Seals, and now SAT soldiers are holed up in a restaurant with a gormless hostage.

"You are mobilized to neutralize an organized crime threat within a Yakuza-filled mansion high above the streets of Nagoya. There is a faction within the Higasiyama-gumi that rebels against their leader, which triggers terrible violence,” said art director Gregory Fromenteau. Well, you can hardly blame him for trying.

Now onto the really important bit - the Operators. Hibana and Echo are both Japanese special ops. Echo is a defender who looks to be carrying some sort of flying drone distraction device. Judging from his name this can be set off to trick enemies into thinking your team is somewhere where they’re not. Neat enough in prospect but the sound needs to be random enough to prevent players from being able to tell it’s an Echo device or it’s practically useless. We’ve seen with Kapkan’s tripwires and Frost’s welcome mats that traps can become extremely predictable once players know what the warning signs are.

One other mooted theory is that Echo’s device is in fact a volume amplifier, letting you hear the enemy team’s footsteps from further away.

Then we come to probably the more interesting of the two, Hibana. You can see her in action in the teaser trailer below, and I’m loving her shouting out Thermite’s wall-destroying mantra in Japanese (“A really big fucking hole, coming right up”).

From the looks of things she’s got a explosive device that can be attached to reinforced walls which can actually blow a chunk out of them. I’d assume it’s only a murder hole rather than an anything enterable, as this would make Thermite a little redundant.

As you can see in the teaser Hibana’s explosives can be fired at range, much like Ash’s breaching charge. They attach in a line, possibly blowing a thin horizontal chunk out of reinforced walls. It’s still unclear whether Hibana’s charge will be affected by Mutes however. If they aren’t, this tool could be one heck of a game changer. Considering Attackers seem to be a little overpowered compared to Defenders at this point, Hibana does seem dangerously effective. Who knows, perhaps we even get a Tachanka buff to balance things out. One can dream.

A reminder as well that you can vote for Rainbow Six Siege right now over in the Global Game Awards 2016. It's up for Best Multiplayer, although the competition is tough.

What do you make of the changes coming to Rainbow Six Siege? How do you think it will alter the balance?

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08:31 Nov-09-2016

Nice to see the game still getting updated. Between this, Overwatch, and Titanfall 2, a fantastic lineup for shooters with acceptable DLC/Post-launch content policies.

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20:13 Nov-08-2016

I hate that they've broken my main operator, Thermite. But I certainly can get behind this patch.

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22:17 Nov-08-2016

Nah,Thermite will still probably be the only one to make holes big enough to actually go trough. I just guess they wanted to make one more operator that can damage reinforced walls since before if you managed to kill thermite before he would blow up reinforced walls that would mean that no matter what attacking team wouldn't be able to go trough those walls.

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23:30 Nov-08-2016

I think its an AWESOME way to defeat the bandit trick.

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09:18 Nov-09-2016

mmm good point. I do quite enjoy the occasional cheeky kill when they're not quick enough though.


I think as well they could overcome the bandit trick if they let you detonate quicker after an EMP has been thrown. There's like a second or two delay which gives Bandit just enough time.

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10:54 Nov-09-2016

You haven't played the game in a while, have you?
They took Thermite's breach charges and gave him a single claymore instead.
You can't argue that he has been robbed. An "entry specialist" with only 2 charges is just sad.

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13:32 Nov-09-2016

I don't really find that any kind of issue personally, I never felt that normal breach charges were essential, especially for Thermite.

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14:06 Nov-09-2016

I don't know who that comment's aimed at but I play it nearly every day. Thermite is still effective without standard breaches and the claymore is potent in the right places. Your team mates should have more than enough standard breaching charges between them, you're not supposed to be a one man army.

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09:52 Nov-10-2016

I am the claymore GOD haha. I can't even recall how many kills i get with claymores its insane, or kapkan traps. Ill turn a 2vs3 to a 2vs1 with my traps its crazy.

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10:10 Nov-10-2016

I'm great with claymores, not so much with Kapkans. Claymores are pretty easy because I just think what window would I drop out of if I was defending. My Kapkans ALWAYS get spotted though. I guess the best places are anywhere with red lighting or floor like the Casino on Yacht or the blue and red corridor that runs by the server room in Consulate

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14:30 Nov-10-2016

We can do a custom game i can show you where and how i place em to **** with people lol.

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09:33 Nov-11-2016

Sweet I'll get on this weekend! I'm usually on PS4 sadly as that's where my mates play but I'll hop on the PC version for a session

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20:05 Nov-08-2016

Man I love this game.
If there is one thing I miss since my GPU died it is this game. If they seriously announce Season 2 DLCs I will be reeeeally happy

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14:26 Nov-08-2016

I love this game. It feels so fresh compared to pretty much any other mainstream shooter.

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14:50 Nov-08-2016

But it's so broken at the same time, when you do a 1v1 to protect or attack the objective, the defender just camps the most obvious/heard spot you come from and you lose.

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16:43 Nov-08-2016

I've destroyed so many people 1v1 either attacking or defending its not that hard. Yes some people do camp, but that just makes it that much easier to know where they are.

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17:29 Nov-08-2016

Is that not the point of the game anyway? Defending means defending.

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20:15 Nov-08-2016

Well defending definitely doesn't mean jogging laps around the building : P
Not moving all game is lame, but I won't judge them if they don't move for 3 out of 5 minutes.

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21:01 Nov-08-2016

Agreed, if you are in a good position defending and enemy doesn't have a way to get your location it's wise to camp rather than move and cause noise.

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09:20 Nov-09-2016

Yeah it's kind of 'camping: the game' but I don't really have a problem with it. The attackers in theory have all the tools to unlock even the most stubborn of campers.

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