With the final phase of Operation Health rolling out, the developers of Rainbow Six Siege have announced the next Season of competitive play: Operation Blood Orchid. The update comes with a brand new map and three new operators. The operators have not been officially announced, but Redditor tpwpjun20 leaked screenshots of the operators themselves, their names, and their abilities.
Operation Blood Orchid brings players to a theme park in Hong Kong, with two operators from the S.D.U. (Special Duties Unit). One is Ying, an attack operator. She uses the Candela, which is a “cluster of flash charges that can either be anchored on surfaces or rolled out as a grenade.”
Lesion, a defense operator, takes advantage of Gu, which are “cloaked toxic mines injecting a compound which injures opponents and limits their speed.
Ubisoft is also introducing a Polish operator, from the Military Unit GROM. At 30 years old, Ela is one of Rainbow’s youngest recruits. She uses a Grzmot Mine, “concussion mines that can be anchored on surfaces, imparing hearing and causing a dizzying effect.”
In a dev blog post, Ubisoft also revealed their plans for the remainder of Operation Health. “We will also make a final push for our Operation Health by having optimized and streamlined the memory footprint used for our maps and Operators, making room for the upcoming year. This involves reworking textures, improving dynamic and static lighting, updating our Sky models and the Bidirectional Reflectance Distribution Function (BRDF), and much more.”
More information will be revealed at the Pro League finals on August 26th, including Operator details and new customization items. Operation Blood Orchid is set to release Tuesday, August 29th. Like usual, however, players with the season pass will be the only ones able to use the operators for the first week. All other players will have to wait until September 5th to purchase them with R6 Credits or Renown.