Rainbow Six Siege April AMA roundup: Lore-based maps, Scope distribution, and more

Sadnan Nafis
By Sadnan Nafis
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Rainbow Six Siege devs have once again sat down for a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA), offering insights into how the development is planned behind the scenes.

This latest AMA focused on maps and operators, and four developers were included in the roster:

  • Alexander – Creative Director
  • Yann – Level Design Director
  • Frédéric – Maps Lead
  • Dominic – Game Designer

Read More: Rainbow Six Siege Azami Operator Guide: Loadout, Gadget, Tips, and more

R6S Emerald Plains Similarity

When Rainbow Six Siege’s latest Emerald Plains was introduced, the community started finding similarities to the Bartlett University map. When asked about this, the devs explained:

“The comparisons to Bartlett make sense – Emerald Plains DID begin its life as a Bartlett rework. As we proceeded to change more and more of the map during the reworking phase, we quickly found that it was becoming its own map and didn’t fit our definition of a rework, so we decided to shift gears and lean into the newness, theme and all. While there are hints and nods to its old self like the foyer and two front towers, it’s moment-to-moment gameplay flow is entirely different from its humble beginnings as a Bartlett rework.” – Frédéric and Yann

New lore-based map

rainbow six siege year 7 roadmap
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Rainbow Six Siege has been adding more depth to its lore recently. The Year-7 roadmap already confirmed that we will be getting a brand-new map in Singapore, and the devs have now confirmed the map will story-based.

u/StinkySupportMain: Any plans to bring more lore into the game?

“The short answer is yes! The Singapore map will be story-based and we’re also looking at events helping to tell the story of Siege in the future.” – Alexander

Map Ban Rework

With the introduction of the new Emerald Plains map, players were finding the map was banned almost all the time in Ranked. This was due to the current map ban system, which allows the teams to ban any map (including the brand-new one) from the 3 given maps.

u/BikiniBodhi: We’ve seen it become a large issue with how players would rather ban Emerald Plains instead of giving it an honest chance, what are your plans to combat this behavior not just for Emerald Plains but for future new maps/reworks?

“Good question! We have plans to change up the existing map ban system later this year and will be sharing more soon but suffice to say, this new system should lead to a wider range of maps seeing more active play in Ranked!” – Alexander

Scope Distribution

u/Potofbacon: How do you decide who gets what scope magnification? I’m rather new, but it’s strange to me that different operators with the same gun have different scope availability. Also, is there a reason some guns get a 1x and a 2x but not a 1.5x?

This really comes down to balancing the distance that an Op is viable at. Due to the nature of their gadgets and gameplay, this helps to determine where Ops play, so choosing their scope magnifications is an extension of helping to define where and what range they play from. This is also why different Ops might have different scopes available, tying directly into their unique styles of play. Also, we ARE investigating adding 1.5x scopes, so that’s something we’re looking at for the future. – Dominic

Hopefully, this means Thermite mains won’t be forced to run the 2x or 2.5x scope.

Operator Speed/Armor

Siege players might have wondered what if there was an operator with more than 3 speed or 3 armor. The devs have an answer for this, and the community is definitely not ready for such a thing.

u/jhstormmynx: So far all operators’ armor and speed combination only limited to 3 armor 1 speed, 1 armor 3 speed and 2 armor 2 speed. Will we have a special combination of armor and speed in the future? For example, 3 armor 2 speed or 1 armor 2 speed and etc.

Good question! This is something we’ve experimented with, but are still looking at how we can “break” this system with it still being fun and balanced. We’ve also been toying with a 4-speed Operator, but the world’s not ready yet (and maybe we’ll never be ready for it). – Dominic

This was a quick roundup of the latest AMA, which you can find in full here.

Sadnan Nafis is a Senior Esports Writer at GameRiv. Sadnan has a love-hate relationship with Rainbow Six Siege. He loves to keep himself updated with new tech videos and is always ready to help others.