Ubisoft Reveal Everything You Need to Know About Rainbow Six Siege's Shifting Tides

By Heidi Nicholas,
Ubisoft reveal Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege's Operation Shifting Tides in its entirety. The gameplay trailer highlights Attacker Kali and her powerful bolt-action sniper rifle, and Defender Wamai and his deflective magnetic gadget.


Kali

Kali is the head of an Indian private military company. She's a medium-speed, medium-armour Attacker, and her weapon is a CSRX 300 bolt-action sniper rifle. The rifle is powerful enough on its own; head shots are instant kills, and shots to the torso down Operators. The rifle can fire through wooden barricades and any unreinforced hatches, and through multiple walls and Defenders. Yet the rifle's attachment is possibly its most powerful feature. An underbarrel launcher fires LV Explosive Lances which work on both reinforced and breakable surfaces. The lances embed themselves in the surface and explode on both sides. It works on Bandit batteries, Mute jammers, Maestro Evil Eyes, barbed wire, and shields, but not against Mira's Black Mirrors. Additionally, whilst the lances can create openings in breakable surfaces, they can't do the same on reinforced surfaces, so there'll be no visual opening for Kali to utilise.

On the downside, what the rifle has in power, it lacks in subtlety. Its recognisble enough from its distinctive sound, but it also leaves a visual trail after each shot, which leads attention to the direction it came from and the location of the shooter. Furthermore, in case they might miss the visual trail, any Defenders downed by a hit to the torso will be spun in the direction of the shot. In addition, the lances can be destroyed by Jäger's ADS or deflected by Wamai's gadget. They can also be destroyed by damage to the tail end. The lances only do minimal damage to Operators, as the rifle is far more powerful. Kali also has two sidearm options: the P226 Mk 25 or C75-Auto.

Kali

Wamai

Wamai is a medium-speed, medium- armour Kenyan Defender. His gadget is the Magnetic Neutralising Electronic Targeting System: the Mag-NET. It sticks to surfaces and essentially deflects projectiles which pass through either its line of sight or its active radius. It works by stopping the projectile in its flight path and pulling it towards itself, resetting the detonation timer as it does so that the projectile explodes where the Mag-NET was thrown. The Mag-NET then also explodes. Only one Mag-NET can be used per explosive. It works on Ash's Breaching Rounds, Capitão's bolts, Ying's Candelas, Nomad's Airjabs, Fuze's charges, Thatcher's EMPs, Zofia's concussions and impacts, and Gridlock's Trax Stingers. It also works on flashbangs and grenades as, while they'll still flash and explode, they'll do so at the Mag-NET's location and not where they were intended to do so. The only projectiles the Mag-NET won't work on are bullets, Hibana's X-Kairos pellets and Twitch's shock drone charges. Wamai gets the Mag-NET's throughout the round, like Lesion and the Gu Mines. Wamai also has the MP5K or AUG A2, and Keratos 357 or P-12 sidearms.

Wamai

There are also changes to the Theme Park map. The train on the second floor is gone, meaning that whilst it's easier to get around, players are also forced to fight in closer quarters. The haunted first floor section is now a throne room, armoury, and dragon-guarded stairway. There's a new walkway above a staircase, and new arcade cabinets giving extra cover on the second floor window entrance. The entrance on the first floor is blocked.

Ubisoft detail the changes here. We still don't have a precise launch date, although rumours suggest that it'll be at some point in early December, and we'll be sure to update you as soon as we know.

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Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Hey, I'm Heidi! I've just finished studying a Masters in English Literature, but I've been obsessed with gaming since long before then. I began on the PS2 with Spyro, before graduating to the Xbox 360 and disappearing into Skyrim. I'm now a loyal RPG fan, but I still like to explore other genres — when I'm not playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey, or being lured back into Red Dead Redemption 2 or The Witcher 3!