Operation Crystal Guard: Ubisoft making Map Changes to three Siege locations

Operation Crystal Guard is almost here and Ubisoft is making a few key changes to a handful of Siege's oldest maps in their Y6S3 update. Here's everything you need to know ahead of the next title update for Rainbow Six Siege - It's good to be clued up, right?

MAP CHANGES - Y6S3 map updates detailed

Ubisoft has shared the following information in regards to the map changes being made to Bank, Coastline, and Clubhouse:

  • Bank Map Changes
    • EXT Boulevard vehicles have been moved to new locations to prevent runout eliminations;
    • Some EXT Low Roof and EXT High Roof skylights have been blocked to prevent unfair firefights;
    • Line of sight into EXT Back Alley has been adjusted to prevent spawn peaks;
    • EXT Terrace has been updated to prevent spawn peaks;
    • Filing cabinets between 1F ATMs and 1F Lobby have been removed to prevent easy shots into the interior balcony;
    • All metal bars have been removed from B Vault to increase the ease of shooting;
    • A new alleyway named EXT Side Alley connects EXT Boulevard and EXT Back Alley;
    • Hatch in 1F Lobby now leads to B Vault;
    • Railing in 2F Skylight Stairwell is now destructible;
Rainbow Six Siege Y6S3 Crystal Guard Map Changes Bank
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MORE THAN MINOR CHANGES - Finally, those Metal Bars in Vault are gone!
  • Coastline Map Changes
    • The line of sight into the building from EXT Rooftop has been partially blocked to prevent unfair firefights;
    • Some windows in 1F Courtyard are now blocked, and all open windows can be barricaded;
    • A new 1F Reception bomb site replaces the 1F Service Entrance bomb site;
    • 1F Service Entrance is now located between the 1F Reception bomb site and the exterior door, preventing Defenders from planting the defuser directly at the exterior door;
    • The exterior wall in 2F VIP Lounge is now breakable and players can rappel up from EXT DJ Booth;
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NEW BREAKABLES - There's going to be a new way into VIP Lounge in the next season...
  • Clubhouse Map Changes
    • 1F Stock Room bomb site has been removed and there are now two bomb sites in 1F Bar, one behind the bar and one beside the stage;
    • A doorway has been added between the bar and stage in 1F Bar;
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  • New props have been added to the bar area in 1F Bar;
  • A path now connects EXT Kennels and EXT Graffiti Area;
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NO MORE STOCK ROOM - It looks like Bar is going to be a focal point for a lot of action in Y6S3...

RELEASE DATE - When does the new season start?

Rainbow Six Siege's Operation Crystal Guard update is due to arrive on September 7th - We've known this for a little while now, but Ubisoft only confirmed this recently.

Unfortunately, we don't know the specific time the update is due to drop. We can look at the last time Ubisoft released a major title update, though, as a guideline for when to expect the Y6S3 update to release - Game developers usually follow the same release schedule for updates...

The last seasonal update for Siege dropped at the following times:

  • Steam
    • Maintenance Time: 09:00 EST / 12:00 PST / 17:00 BST
    • Release Time: 10:00 EST / 13:00 PST / 18:00 BST
  • Uplay
    • Maintenance Time: 09:00 EST / 12:00 PST / 17:00 BST
    • Release Time: 10:00 EST / 13:00 PST / 18:00 BST
  • Xbox Consoles
    • Maintenance Time: 10:00 EST / 13:00 PST / 18:00 BST
    • Release Time: 11:00 EST / 14:00 PST / 19:00 BST
  • PlayStation Consoles
    • Maintenance Time: 11:00 EST / 14:00 PST / 19:00 BST
    • Release Time: 12:00 EST / 15:00 PST / 20:00 BST
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We don't know for sure if Operation Crystal Guard will drop at the same time of the day as the last update, but we'll keep this updated with the latest information when it becomes available.