Year 3, Season 3 of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege kicks off soon with the release of Operation Grim Sky. While the expansion is already available to try out on the game’s test server, Ubisoft has now revealed when it’ll go live for all players on PS4, Xbox One, and PC: September 4.
Like previous Operations, Grim Sky introduces two new Operators to the game: Maverick and Clash. Both hail from different organizations and fall under different classes. Maverick is an Attacker from America who can use stun grenades and a blowtorch (and who has already been nerfed). Clash, meanwhile, is a Defender from Great Britain. She’s the first Defender in the game to wield a shield, which also comes equipped with a taser.
In addition to the new Operators, Grim Sky makes a significant overhaul to Hereford Base, one of the game’s first maps. Ubisoft says this is the first such map overhaul the development team has undertaken in Siege. Following the update, each floor of the base will a larger surface area and more destructible walls, and new staircases and hatches have been added to give players more options for moving around the map.
The Consulate map is also receiving a buff as part of the Operation Grim Sky update. These changes aren’t as significant as the ones being applied to Hereford Base, but they’ll nonetheless force you to tweak your strategies. The police line spawn point has been extended, while a wall has been moved near the gas station spawn point “to prevent spawn peeking and early kills.” Ubisoft is also adding another bomb site to the map in Tellers and Archives.
Rounding out Operation Grim Sky are a range of balance tweaks and bug fixes. You can find the full patch notes for the update on the official Rainbow Six Siege website.