Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege has been steadily grinding out content since its December 2015 release date. Ubisoft has been supporting the game extremely well; providing new contents and updates, as well as patches that improve the user experience. In fact, Rainbow Six Siege is just about to wrap up their latest event, Operation Health, where the whole purpose was to patch in improved content and eliminate as many bugs as possible. Flash forward to today, Ubisoft has announced a free weekend for the fast-growing FPS just in time for the next content update, Operation Blood Orchid, and the Pro League Finals.
Rainbow Six Siege’s free weekend will run from August 24th-27th on the PS4, the Xbox One, and PC via Uplay on Steam. During the free weekend, and extending further to September 4th, Ubisoft will be offering the game at a 50% discount. To make the deal even sweeter, free weekend players can carry over all of their progress and continue to play uninterrupted if they purchase the title.
The Operation Blood Orchid content update was pushed back from an August 29th release to a September 5th release on all platforms. However, content updates will enter the Technical Test Server on PC starting August 29th. This update is aiming to add in a brand new, theme park based map in Hong Kong as well as 3 new, officially-yet-to-be-revealed, operators.
For those of you interested in checking out Rainbow Six Siege for the first time during this event, let me give you some survival tips.
- Take your time. It is incredibly important to be patient and devise a plan before running and gunning.
- Learn the maps. Knowing sight lines and choke points will greatly help in defending. It will also give you a better idea of how to approach on attack.
- Listen. Siege is full of audio cues that help you find the enemy. If you have a surround sound headset, wear it. It’ll give you a huge advantage.
- Communicate. Telling a teammate where you saw an enemy or coordinating a breach and clear can elevate your game to new levels. Also, remember, you can still communicate even after you die in the round.
- Know your gear. Each operator has a unique loadout and a special piece of equipment only they can use. Study up on how to optimize that gadget usage and you’ll be the best teammate around.
- Be Kind, Be Courteous, Be Helpful. Friendly fire is always on in Siege, so it’s best not to get on your team’s bad side. This means don’t be that person playing music over the mic. Or that person unfairly blaming your teammates for a loss.
- Last, but not least, Ignore your stats. While you’re learning the game and getting used to how it plays, you are almost guaranteed to do poorly statistically. Don’t get discouraged by a poor K/D or Win/Loss ratio. Once you learn, those stats will sort themselves out anyway.
You can learn more about the Operation Blood Orchid update on the official Rainbow Six Siege twitch channel here on August 26th.