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Ubisoft has released a mid-season Reinforcements update for Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege. This update will also fix some bugs, resolve the peeking issues that have afflicted the game, tweak the game balance, and also adjust three of the operators. There have also been changes made to Renown, the in-game currency, which is now based on time played rather than score. The update will come to PC, PS4 and Xbox One today.
Kapkan can now carry five entry denial devices, and his lasers are much harder to see and deal 60 damage on detonation. This is overall reduction has been made to balance the fact that the laser is no longer as visible. That’s not all though, as Kapkan has been given a little bit of a speed boost, and he is now a 2-speed operator, instead of a 1-speed. Overall, he’s a much more versatile Defender.
Blitz can now spint with his shield up, which reduces his vulnerability, and will also enable him to finally take advantage of his shield flash.This can only be effectively used in close proximity to enemies, of course.
Ela is the final operator that has seen some changes, and she’s had a little bit of a debuff. Ubisoft has said that it saw people were overusing her due to the fact she can carry four Grzmot mines, which made securing two bomb sites, and still having a spare, far too easy. So, the developer removed one of her mines, and they have also increased the recoil of her SMG, which was also seen as being far too effective in comparison to other characters.
Up until now some players have been exploiting Siege’s Renown system, and Ubisoft has changed this so that Renown will now be earned based on time played rather than your total score. The downside of this is that Renown gain won’t scale based on difficulty level, or wins/losses.
Ubisoft has also made some changes to the Siege’s netcode, and this should see the ping values accurately reflect the latency which is shown on the scoreboard. This aspect has also been adjusted to make it easier to identify connection issues from the UI.
For the full list of patch notes, check out the Rainbow Six Siege website.