Vacation in Iberia with Rainbow Six: Siege’s Operation Velvet Shell

Posted on 08 Feb 2017 by
Kyle Johnson

Two new operators, a new gorgeous map, and a major UI update comes as part of the Velvet Shell patch for Rainbow Six: Siege.

The operators, Mira and Jackal, both look to shake up the competitive, pulse-pounding gameplay of the online modes in a variety of ways. The attacker, Jackal, who makes use of the C7E Canadian assault rifle and a variant of the UDP-9, can track enemy footsteps, which change colors, depending on how close you are to their current position.

His counterpart, Mira, who uses the Vector and a variant of the Italian STF 12, can put up bulletproof one-way windows in normal or reinforced walls, giving players more vision and knowledge. Also coming with this update is a new UI and homepage. Compared to the old launch page, which was functional at best, the new page is sleeker, and allows for more information to be displayed on-screen.

Jackal and Mira come as part of the Year 2 content cycle for Siege, a wave of four major free updates for the game. Players that didn’t buy into the season pass will have to wait a week to get their hands on the new GEO operators, but the map is available now to all.

Official Press Release

London, UK — February 7th 2017 – Today, Ubisoft announced that Operation Velvet Shell, the first free update of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege Year 2, will be available for Xbox One, Sony Playstation®4 and Windows PC from February 7th, 2017. Year 2 pass holders will instantly receive the two new Operators of the Spanish Counter Terrorist Unit as well as their four signature weapons skins.  Non-Season Pass owners will be able to unlock them using the ‘Renown’ in-game currency or R6 Credits from February 14th, 2017.

The new Coastline map featuring Operation Velvet Shell

In Operation Velvet Shell, players will assume the role of two Spanish operators from the Grupo Especial de Operaciones and attempt to regain control of the Ibiza coastline using their unique tactical expertise:

  • Mira has proven her strength and endurance in tactical situations, but her best asset is her technical expertise. Her specialty is creating Black Mirrors, nearly indestructible horizontal one-way windows that can be punched into barricades or destructible walls. Combined with the Vector 45 ACP and ITA12L as her primary weapons, enemies can rapidly go from “spotted” to “dead.”
  • Jackal has developed his expertise in tracking down High Value Targets and intercepting narcotics shipments with the G.E.O.s. Equipped with the C7E and PDW9 as primary weapons, Jackal can also activate his Eyenox Model III headset to track enemy footprints. The more recent the prints, the “hotter” they’ll appear in Jackal’s view, so if you see bright red bootprints, there’s likely an enemy nearby!

Additionally, as part of the ongoing commitment to enrich the Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege playing experience, Year 2 will start with a new dynamic navigation interface, making player activity such as challenges, news and boosters available in the same place. Xavier Marquis, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege Creative Director explains, “We are working hard on ensuring the game’s longevity. We are here to stay so want to make sure that you’re getting comfortable”.

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