Rainbow Six Siege Patch 2.1 now live

rainbow-six-siegeUbisoft’s team based shooter Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege continues to tighten up, with another patch now live across PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. This new patch adds custom matches with dedicated servers and makes a few neat changes to gameplay.First up is the custom match changes. “10 player Custom Games can now be hosted on dedicated servers, which offers a fair gameplay environment that better suits competition. Dedicated servers means no host advantage, better stability, and makes it harder to cheat. We also are making the Spectator Camera feature available on dedicated servers, allowing an 11th person to observe matches held on those servers.”

However, there are a few things worth considering before you jump into a dedicated server-based custom game of Rainbow Six Siege. These may change in time, and the first point may relate to server availability, saving the servers for full player counts primarily.

  • There must be 10 players for a Custom Game on dedicated servers to start.
  • In order to create a game with a Spectator, the spectator has to be the one creating said game as Spectator. In that case, there will be 10 players and 1 spectator in a match.
  • Only one spectator can be present in a Custom Match hosted on dedicated servers.
  • Even though it is on dedicated servers, if the match creator quits, the lobby is disbanded.
  • These matches are invite only.
  • You will have 10 minutes to fill the lobby and start to game to keep the match on a dedicated server.
  • There is currently no way to return to an already started match if you leave or disconnect.
  • As the creator, you won’t be able to create a new Custom Game on dedicated servers for 10 minutes if you shut down your previous Custom Game hosted on dedicated servers.

Another nice change comes for the Operator Blitz, who makes use of a riot shield that can also blind opponents with a barrage of flashes. Despite his mighty shield, he was still prone to headshots with his shield exposing his head.

“Tweaked Blitz’s head model and hitbox to have the same amount of exposure as the other shield-wielding Operators and Recruits. Blitz’s opponents were able to headshot him with ease over his shield due to his big head model. We have reduced the size of his head model and made his shield taller.”

You can see the changes below:

blitz old rainbow six siege
Pre-patch 2.1
blitz new rainbow six siege
Post patch 2.1

Fairfight cheating kick message updated to make it clearer

  • When a player is banned, an unclear message was broadcasted to all players playing in public matchmaking ‘[PLAYER] has removed from the match by FairFight™.’ From now on, the message ‘[PLAYER] has been banned from the game by FairFight™.’ will be broadcasted instead.

The rest of the patch notes are too numerous to list, but you can find them all here, which talks about level modifications and adjustments as well as HUD details. Rainbow Six Siege has come a long way since its December release, and is definitely suited for a group of up to five friends who want some strategy in their shooters.

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