Rainbow Six Siege: Operation Neon Dawn Release Date, Patch Notes, New Operator, New Map Rework, Seasonal Skins, Trailer, Gameplay And More For Year 5 Season 4
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Rainbow Six Siege: Operation Neon Dawn Release Date, Patch Notes, New Operator, New Map Rework, Seasonal Skins, Trailer, Gameplay And More For Year 5 Season 4

Chris Trout
1 December 2020

Season 4 is coming to Rainbow Six Siege's fifth year - here's what we know.

Operation Neon Dawn, the last Siege operation of 2020, is finally here. Adding a very unique new Operator, reworking a classic map, and making great quality-of-life improvements, it's a great way to end the year.

Here's what we know about Year 5 Season 4 in Rainbow Six Siege.

You can read all about Operation Neon Dawn by clicking the links below:

Release Date

Ubisoft sneakily dropped Operation Neon Dawn on December 1, the same day that the game hit PS5 and Xbox Series S/X consoles.

The downtime is noted in the tweet below:

New Operators

Operators are undoubtedly the lifeblood of Rainbow Six Siege, and Aruni offers a unique trap called the Surya Gate that's sure to be popular.

Hailing from Thailand, Apha "Aruni" Tawaroong lost an arm and a leg on a mission with fellow operator Thermite, but remains positive and uplifting.

“Chin up, eyes on the horizon" is her motto, and more of her story will be revealed in this season's anime short.

She is a medium-speed, medium-armour Operator, and her prosthetic arm deals bonus damage to walls and barricades.

Gadget:

The Surya Gate projects a laser array that both detects and damages enemies as they pass through it.

While the generator that powers them is indestructible, they do deactivate for a period, either when an Operator or a throwable passes through. To re-activate, the generator needs to be shot.

Surya Gates automatically cover windows but leave a small gap on doorways for drones to pass underneath. They can also be set on walls to prevent breaching.

Friendly Operators can pass through as the beams will disengage when they're near, but this can be a telltale sign of a team's position, so try and steer clear unless absolutely necessary.

Loadout:
  • P10 Roni submachine gun or MK14 EBR Assault Rifle
  • PRB92 Pistol
  • Secondary Gadgets: Proximity Alarm, Barbed Wire

Map Rework

As speculated, Skyscraper is indeed getting a rework with the coming Operation.

The main balcony has been removed to prevent spawn-peeking, while the "Dragon" room is now an interior area, providing a bridge between the second floor House and Restaurant areas.

Oh, and players can now rappel onto the roof, too.

Balancing Changes

Hibana

The X-Kairos Launcher will be able to toggle between 2, 4, or 6 rockets being fired at a time. This will allow players to manage Hibana's resources.

Echo

The Yokai drone now remains visible on ceilings, whereas before it was invisible. Players will now need to be more strategic when placing the Yokai.

Jäger

Jäger's Active Defense System now has a ten-second cooldown, meaning it won't be able to constantly stop projectiles for a period.

To balance that, it'll now be available for infinite use, rather than just two charges per round.

Quality of Life Changes

Ubisoft is making a few big changes, notably in runout timers and defuser planting.

Whereas Defenders would previously be marked for the opposition when spending two seconds outdoors, this has been reduced to one second. That means it's rarely worth a Defender heading outside, helping prevent roaming players abandoning their post.

Few things are more frustrating than accidentally dropping the bomb defuser when making it to the bomb site, and a new "No-Drop Zone" aims to counter this by preventing the defuser from being dropped when in a certain radius of the site. The defuser animation has also been bought closer to an Operator's feet to prevent clipping through objects or blocked defuser attempts.

Gadget interactions, specifically those that target other gadgets, have been overhauled. Sticky gadgets should now stick to bulletproof gadgets, with Ash's Breaching Round now able to destroy Melusi's Banshee Defense gadget, for example.

Finally, accessibility features including "Voice-To-Text" and "Text-To-Voice" have been added for in-game chat, as well as narration and hints in the options menu. These can be adjusted, as can in-game fonts.

Year 5 Road Map

Here's the roadmap revealed earlier this year, with Chalet and Skyscraper swapping places between Seasons 3 and 4 since then.

Year 5 Pass

So what does the Year 5 pass include?

  • 1-year* VIP Membership
  • 6 new Year 5 operators
  • 6 headgear and 6 uniforms
  • 1 R6 Charm
  • 1 Seasonal Weapon skin
  • 1 full Operator Bundle (Jäger Byte)

VIP Perks:

  • 7-day early access to each season's new Operators
  • 10% discount in in-game shop**
  • 5% Renown boost
  • 30% discount and 30% faster progression on Battle Passes
  • 0,3% Alpha Pack Boost

Patch Notes

We've got the full patch notes here.

Guides

If you're looking to get more Renown or improve your gameplay, check out our guides here:

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