Rainbow Six Siege Y7S3: Operation Brutal Swarm, Grim operator, and more

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The seventh year of post-launch content for Rainbow Six Siege is well underway and as players continue to drop into the action, the focus is turning toward the Y7S3 update. The second update of the year saw the arrival of the Shooting Range and a map dedicated to the Team Deathmatch mode.

As we head towards the end of the year, Y7S3 will contain another batch of brand-new content for players to experience in addition to a new Battle Pass, Operator, and set of cosmetic items. In addition, the update will introduce several quality-of-life updates mentioned in the year seven roadmap.

With that said, find everything there is to know about the Rainbow Six Y7S3 update in our hub packed with all the latest intel.

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Rainbow Six Siege Operation Brutal Swarm release time

Rainbow Six Siege Operation Brutal Swarm start time

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The new season gets underway at 2PM BST on September 6, 2022.

When does the Siege Y7S3 update launch?

Operation Brutal Swarm hits the test servers on August 26, 2022 before it moves to the live servers on September 6, 2022.

The news appeared at the Six Berlin Major which unveiled all there is to know about the upcoming season of content.

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Rainbow Six Siege Y7S3 name

The name of the Y7S3 update is Operation Brutal Swarm. Inspired by Grim's micro-tech gadget that causes a swarm of mechanical bees to reveal the location of any nearby opponents.

Rainbow Six Siege Y7S3 Operator

Operation Brutal Swarm sees the arrival of Singaporean Operator Grim. The character is the latest member of Nighthaven which will receive a huge lore drop throughout the season.

In addition, the Operator is known as three-speed thanks to the weapons they carry. The 552 Commando rifle is their primary weapon while the SG-CQB shotgun and P229 sidearm act as powerful secondaries to tackle any nearby foes.

Rainbow Six Siege EMP grenade

Operation Brutal Swarm also brings a new throwable gadget to the table. The Impact EMP Grenade deactivates nearby devices for a short period of time before exploding on impact. It's available as a third gadget for the following operators:

  • Dokkaebi
  • Blackbeard
  • Montagne
  • Nokk
  • Gridlock
  • Sledge
  • Lion
  • Osa
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Rainbow Six Siege Y7S3 weapon balancing

With a delay of the Finka rebalancing, a widespread change to recoil will arrive during Operation Brutal Swarm. The new model aims to reward trigger discipline with burst-fire becoming the preferred method of engagement.

Balancing to Finka and LMG's was planned for Operation Vector Glare. Now Ubisoft has decided on how to balance them, changes are on the way in the Y7S3 update.

"This is still on track, and will come as part of a bigger update to Siege's moment-to-moment balance than we typically release in a single season," assures the developer.

Rainbow Six Siege Y7S3 ranked changes and maps

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With the new map delayed until Season 4, Stadium becomes the newest permanent addition to the competitive map pool. Ubisoft worked with a number of professional players in order to rework lighting and improve spawns for its arrival.

In addition, the planned rework of Siege's ranked mode will now take place in Season 4 rather than Season 3.

That's everything we know about the Rainbow Six Siege Y7S3 update so far. For more, be sure to check out our page for all the latest Siege news, leaks, and guides.