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Rainbow Six Siege Operation High Calibre details: Operator leaks, map rework

Published: 1/Nov/2021 16:50

by Andrew Amos


The final update of Rainbow Six Siege Year 6, named Operation High Calibre, is on its way. Initial leaks about the new operator, the Outback map rework, and additional gameplay changes have dropped already.

Operation Crystal Guard might be in full flow, but that doesn’t make any more tidbits of Rainbow Six Siege content any the less exciting – especially when it comes to Y6S4.

The next major update, reportedly named Operation High Calibre, is set to bring a new defender, a map rework to Outback, and some big features first teased at the start of 2021.


Rainbow Six Siege image showing an Operator shooting through a wall
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Operation High Calibre release date

Operation High Calibre doesn’t have a locked-in release date in Rainbow Six Siege yet. However, given Ubisoft drops its new seasonal content every three months, you can expect it to hit live servers around December.


As for when players will get a first peek? Ubisoft debuts all-new Rainbow Six content at their esports majors. There’s one left for 2021 in November, so once the final details for that are locked in, the High Calibre reveal will fall in place too.

Operation High Calibre new operator: Thorn

The fourth and final Siege operator coming in Rainbow Six Year 6 is reportedly named Thorn. While we know she’ll be from Ireland from the start-of-year presentation, nothing else has been confirmed.

Leaks dating back to July indicated Thorn would be a defender. More recently, some details about her gadget have dropped.

Named the Razorbloom Shell, it will stick to a surface and detonate whenever an attacker gets in range. It will explode into “many high-velocity projectiles”, dealing damage based on how far away enemies are from the center. There is a small delay between the gadget triggering and it firing.


There’s a chance they have access to a gun like no other though; after all, the operation is called High Caliber.

Operation High Calibre map rework: Outback

After getting three mini map reworks in Operation Crystal Guard, Ubisoft is returning to their regularly scheduled programming with one map rework a season. This time around, it’ll be Outback.

The Australian map was launched with Burnt Horizon but fell flat pretty quickly. It’s a casual staple, but the rework will hopefully freshen it up and make it a bit more dynamic.

Outback Rainbow Six Operation High Caliber rework
Outback will be the final map reworked in Rainbow Six Year 6.

Balance changes coming for Valkyrie, Maestro in Operation High Calibre

Valkyrie runouts won’t be as strong after Operation High Calibre as Ubisoft targets how defender cameras work in Year 6 Season 4.


Cameras deployed outside will lose signal if a defender decides to run out, only gaining signal once they walk back in.

For Valkyrie, this is a big nerf on maps like Consulate, where runouts are common. However, for Maestro — or defenders who take Bulletproof Cameras — there’s almost no change.

More balance changes are expected in Operation High Calibre, but they haven’t been confirmed.

Valkyrie is getting a nerf in Operation High Caliber.

Attacker repick testing

While most of the neat new features revealed at the Six Invitational have been tested, like droning after death, attacker repick is yet to have its time on the test server.

It’s not confirmed for Operation High Calibre, but with this being the final update for Year 6, Ubisoft might drop it onto the TTS for testing at the very minimum.