Ubisoft has finally revealed the full Patch Notes for Rainbow Six Siege’s Y8S3 Operation Heavy Mettle, and there are a lot of refreshing changes coming to the FPS title that you might have missed in the reveal panel.
Kicking off, the new Y8S3 Patch will introduce the brand-new Player Commendation system. This new feature will allow players to recognize the good behavior of teammates, and promote overall positivity in the Siege servers.
There are more changes coming in regards to player comfort, such as the ability to kick players from a squad, and change the game leader, a new free-cam with HUD disabled in match replays and spectate mode, and more.
All these changes make Operation Heavy Mettle a unique season, and there will be more coming during the mid-season patch, as promised by Ubisoft. In the meantime, read the full Y8S3 patch notes below.
R6S Y8S3 Heavy Mettle Patch Notes
Coming this season are Commendations, a new way for players to shout-out others for their positive behavior contributions to the team.
Every match, each player can give out 2 commendations to teammates and 1 to the opposing team. To keep things fair, a player can only commend the same teammate once during each 7-day period.
The available commendations are:
- Valor: a great teammate who stays cool and is fun to play with.
- Dedication: a reliable teammate who stays engaged, fills in roles, and actively relays intel.
- Guidance: a teammate who takes on a leadership role, helping the others by sharing knowledge and developing strategy.
- Players can vote as a team to commend the opponents for playing a fun and fair match.
Commendations also lead to rewards. Players with a Commendation Streak are those who are frequently commended. They’ll be highlighted to others in-game unless this option is turned off in the privacy settings. Having an active streak grants increased Alpha Pack drops, and there will be exclusive rewards for commended players at the middle and end of each season.
REPUTATION SECTION UPDATE
With the addition of Commendations, the Reputation section has gone through some changes. These updates add two new pages to give players more visibility.
- The Commendations page keeps track of a player’s commendations, their Streak, and Alpha Pack drop rate.
- The Misconduct page gives players visibility on behaviors that are affecting their Reputation Standing.
PRIVACY OPTIONS UPDATE
New options are coming to Privacy Mode this season which hide your Commendation Streak and add a link in-game to the Ubisoft Account privacy settings to allow quicker access.
Multiple changes are coming to playlists this season, including a Quick Match rework, a redesign of Unranked (now called Standard), and a brand new Arcade mode.
QUICK MATCH REWORK
Changes to Quick Match focused on making this playlist quicker than before. Round timers have been reduced, objective locations are now automatically revealed, and bomb sites are set up in advance with reinforcements and rotations.
Also coming to Quick Match is Attacker safeguard which grants a 10-second invulnerability to them at the start of the Action Phase to stop spawn peaking and allow Attackers time to safely get to the building. If an Attacker enters the building before the 10 seconds runs out, their invulnerability is removed and they can be injured or eliminated.
Players must now be Clearance Level 10 to join Quick Match games, but matchmaking has been tweaked to decrease wait times, and a soft Skill reset has been applied.
Replacing Unranked from this season onward is Standard, a playlist which offers the core Siege experience without Operator or map bans. This change aims to be more welcoming to all players by further separating it from the competitive nature of Ranked. To help with this, the competitive Play section has been renamed Tactical, to make finding both Standard and Ranked more intuitive.
With Standard being designed for players of all experience, the Clearance Level has been set to 0.
WEAPON ROULETTE ARCADE
Get ready for some chaos and fast action with Weapon Roulette this season, a new game mode coming to the Arcade playlist. In this new game mode, respawn is active and all players start with the same weapon, which automatically swaps to a new one after a set amount of time.
GRIM BUFF PT. 2
The second part of Grim’s buff adds a new firing mode to the Kawan Hive Launcher, letting players select whether the Kawan Hives stick to a surface or bounce off of them. This new bouncing firing mode lets players specify the location in which they want to activate the Hive, without needing a line-of-sight.
Fuze can now deploy Cluster Charges on Deployable Shields and Osa’s Talon-8 Shields. This change aims to create a new synergy with Osa by allowing the deployment of Cluster Charges in new places at the cost of shattering glass of the Talon-8 Shield.
Standard shotguns have been reworked so they are more consistent and easy to learn, by normalize the firing range based on the average kill distance. The goal here is to reward good practices such as aiming for the head or holding angles, and decrease the value of spray-and-pray. (More details below)
MATCH REPLAY & SPECTATOR MODE
Players can now enter Free Camera mode in spectator mode to watch the action from any distance or angle. In both Match Replay and spectator mode, players can also hide the HUD to capture footage with a more cinematic experience.
The Squad Leader can now remove players and promote another player to Squad Leader from the in-game player profile, accessed from the Squad panel or scoreboard.
IN-GAME PATCH NOTES
Patch Notes can now be read directly in-game from the Notifications section, ensuring players can remain up-to-date with game changes. This new feature also directly links to R6Fix, making it quicker to report bugs or provide feedback on reported issues.
This season, newcomers to Siege will get a brand-new first-time experience.
This new flow leads newcomers through playable Tutorials, where they will learn the basic, core mechanics of Siege before going on to learn about the Attacker and Defender roles. After completing all Tutorials, players are rewarded with 10 Operators to play with and practice their learnings. If any of these Operators are already owned, they will earn the Operators value in Renown instead.
BATTLE PASS UPDATE
The Intro section of the Battle Pass has been reworked to showcase rewards as complete sets and track their completion, as well as provide easier access to the Battle Pass progression track.
SEASONAL WEAPON SKIN
This season is a heavy hitter, and the seasonal collection items of the Dynamic Entry bundle strike just as hard. Make your way to the top with the Explosive Surprise weapon and attachment skins, and the Collateral Damage operator card background. Don’t forget the Locksmith charm as well to complete your rather… unconventional lockpicking kit! The seasonal weapon skin will be released at season launch and available for purchase throughout the season. Once unlocked, it remains in your inventory indefinitely and can be applied to all available weapons.
OPERATOR PRICE DECREASE
This season brings about its fair share of operator price decreases. Just updated, Grim is now priced at 20,000 Renown or 480 R6 Credits. Next is Osa, who will now be available at 15,000 Renown or 360 R6 Credits. Finally, Zero’s price is now down to 10,000 Renown or 240 R6 Credit
- Refill timer: Reduced to 20 seconds (from 30).
- Max. resources: Increased to 9 mines (from 8).
- Initial damage: Re-introduced at 5hp (from 0).
- Poison damage: Increased to 12hp (from 8).
- Poison timer: Reduced to 2 seconds (from 2.5).
- Cloaking removed.
- HUD Icon removed.
- Stepping on a GU Mine while being affected by another will reset the Poison timer and deal the Poison damage instantly.
- Added Area of Effect feedback.
- Gadget isn’t detectable by IQ’s Electronic detector.
- Gadget isn’t hackable by Brava’s Kludge drone.
- Weapons: Added Super Shorty as a secondary weapon option.
- Piercing rules: Can pierce through Deployable Shields and Talon Shields.
TWEAKS & IMPROVEMENTS
- New Seasonal Operator (RAM) Operator Guide is available in-game and in the Operator section.
- Updated Operator Guides for Grim and Lesion with the balancing changes.
GPU SELECTION OPTION
- GPU Selection option allows players to select which graphics card to render the game with if several are installed on the PC.
DEFUSER PICKUP OPTION
This new option lets players decide the defuser pickup behavior from these choices:
- Both (Default setting)
DEFUSER FOUND UPDATE
- To be consistent with Bomb Found visuals, the location of an activated defuser is displayed in the HUD to Defenders once they’ve located it.
Some parts of the player’s saved profile will now be shared across all platforms, including:
- Visual customizations
- Common gameplay options
- Matchmaking preferences
Additionally, Operator loadouts and equipped weapon attachments will be shared across console platforms, but not between consoles and PC.
QUICK MATCH MAP POOL
- Club House
STANDARD MAP POOL
- Club House
ARCADE GAME MODES
- Weapon Roulette added to the Arcade Playlist
- Headshot Only removed from the Arcade Playlist rotation ( expect it to return in the future)