The first of several DLC packs for Rainbow Six Siege is here. Strap up with two Canadian operators in a locale that will feel like home for them. A swanky luxury yacht finds itself a little too far north and crashes into an iceberg. This is Operation Black Ice.

Snow never looked so good.

Two new operators give die-hard Siege fans (that would be me) some much needed new faces.

For the defenders, we have Frost. Her special ability is a spring loaded leg-hold trap. Perfect for catching any attackers trying to mount over tables and other obstacles. It’s completely mechanical, so even IQ won’t be able to see it. Keep your eyes peeled and be careful jumping through windows.

Rainbow Six Siege Frost

Frost’s weapon selection should make her well suited for any role. A Super 90 shotgun will take care of business up close while the 9mm_C1 submachine gun helps give Frost a little extra reach in mid-range engagements.

Frost’s leg-hold trap will make for great moments, but having a nitro cell will instantly make her one of my most played operators.

On the attacking side, Buck fuses long-range and close-quarter combat in one operator. Like Twitch, you have your choice of assault rifle or marksman rifle. Then, there’s the Skeleton Key – an under-barrel mounted 12 gauge shotgun. That’ll be handy for making a hole in the target room, or blasting unsuspecting defenders.

Rainbow Six Siege Buck

Breach charges and stun grenades round out Buck’s gadgets.

Maybe Buck will finally get me off my Thermite kick. If only he had grenades.

New features and updates

A new map and two new operators would have been enough, but Ubisoft is also adding new features and some much-needed updates and tweaks.

The biggest feature is Spectator Camera is now available on all platforms. Makes sense. Ubisoft just announced Rainbow Six Pro League for Xbox One and PC. Having Spectator Camera also available on Xbox One is a must. Now all we need is Ubisoft to incorporate the spectator camera into a theater mode.

A host of new balancing tweaks have been made including:

– Muted operator shouts
– Reduced bullet trail intensity (especially on suppressed weapons)
– Flashbangs range has been doubled
– Reduced noise levels on several Defender gadgets (you can’t hear Mute’s jammers through the ceiling or floor anymore)

I can’t count the number of times each night me and my friends are asking each other what mode we’re playing. Now, map and mode name are displayed during loading and planning phase screens. I guess I don’t have an excuse for blowing up the hostage with Fuse anymore. Hey, it only happened twice.

Ever have trouble looking from outside to inside (or vice versa) on daytime maps? It’s like the sun just went supernova on some of the maps. That’s one of many bugs fixed according to Ubisoft. If you’ve played any today, let me know if the lighting issues have been fixed. It’ll be one of the first things I look for tonight.

Rainbow Six Siege’s DLC plan is split into four ‘seasons.’ Operation Black Ice is the first of four planned DLC packs. Here’s how the Year One Roadmap looks.

Rainbow Six Siege DLC roadmap


The new snow map looks fantastic. And the various bugs and updates are great to see. Let me know what you think of Operation Black Ice and all the bug fixes.

When I’m not playing Rocket League (best game ever), you can find me writing about all things games, space and more. You can reach me at alex@newsledge.com

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