Rainbow Six Siege has become the blueprint for "Games as a Service", and 2021 will see the start of the game's sixth year of content – an incredible achievement.
While we're awaiting official word from Ubisoft, dataminers have been sifting through and have found some information on the alleged "Operation Crimson Heist".
Here's everything we know about the season so far, including its release date, Operator, map rework and more.
Everything We Know About Rainbow Six Siege Year 6 Season 1: Crimson Heist
How do we know it's likely to be called Crimson Heist? Because longtime dataminer @Benjaminstrike says so, of course!
Year 6 Season 1 is called Operation Crimson Heist— Benjamin (@benjaminstrike) December 9, 2020
While we don't have a firm release date, we do have a pretty good idea of when we'll get a look at Crimson Heist.
The Siege Invitational 2021, a Siege tournament with a prize pool of half a million dollars (more when factoring in Battle Pass sales), is expected in February, concluding late in the month.
Expect a first look at the new season then, with the expansion coming to test servers in the days following.
New Operator and Gadget
Perhaps understandably, recent seasons of Siege have begun to introduce single operators as opposed to a pair of them.
According to @Benjaminstrike (expect to see his tweets often in this page in the coming weeks), the season will introduce an Attacker known as Flores.
This Chilean agent allegedly uses a drone called the RCE-Ratero that can explode like a C4 after a five-second timer that is triggered by players.
Y6S1 gadget called the "RCE-Ratero".— Benjamin (@benjaminstrike) November 28, 2020
You can click the primary gadget button to deploy an explosive drone, you can control it like any other drone.
You can click the gadget button again to start a 5 second timer after which it will detonate.
The explosion is like a C4.
A new secondary weapon with explosive bullets is allegedly coming to some existing Attackers in Year 6, according to (you guessed it), @Benjaminstrike.
The leaker notes that it could be part of Y6S1 or Y6S2, though.
Each of the Year 5 seasons has offered a map rework as Ubisoft continues to refine Siege's pool of existing content, and it looks as though Year 6 will continue that trend.
As the name of the season suggests, it looks as though the Bank map is getting the rework treatment.
In fact, Ubisoft teased a Bank rework (with a Crimson bank card no less), back in January of 2020:
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That same Instagram post above mentions Castle by name, suggesting the Year 1 Operator could be in line for some tweaks (although likely not as drastic as Tachanka's).
Still, every season allows the development team to tweak existing gameplay elements and even make some mechanic changes.