Rainbow Six Siege Free PS Plus Weekend, 5 Tips for Operation Blood Orchid

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Rainbow Six Siege Free PS Plus Weekend, 5 Tips for Operation Blood Orchid

Starting August 24, PS Plus members can try Ubisoft's acclaimed strategic squad shooter for free. Plus 5 tips to excel in the upcoming Operation Blood Orchid expansion.

Rainbow Six Siege is one of the most dynamic and destructive shooters on PS4, and PlayStation Plus members will soon get a chance to try it for free from August 24-27. Any progress you make during the free weekend will carry over when you purchase the full game, which you can do for 50% off between August 24 and September 4.

The free weekend is a great time to get into Siege and learn some of the basics before the tentative September 5 launch of Operation Blood Orchid, the biggest update for Rainbow Six Siege since its launch. Three new Operators (two from Hong Kong’s SDU and one from Poland’s GROM) bring three new gadgets into the mix, while a new map sends players to a creepy, run-down theme park set in Hong Kong. We’ve got some tips on how to run the new Operators and make your presence felt when the new content hits.

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  1. Ying, the new attacker, has a small spherical charge that ejects flashbangs into the air when it detonates, blinding nearby enemies. It can be thrown like a grenade, or placed on a breachable wall so that it shoots flashbangs through to the other side, but the key is in the timing. Prime the charge for a few seconds and place it on a wall, and it will delay the detonation so you have time to line up your entry. Prime it and throw it, and it will roll along the ground before detonating, allowing you to flash enemies hiding in out-of-the-way places. The best part? Ying is shielded from her own flashes, so you can rush in and take out your foes while they’re still recovering their sight.
  2. Lesion, one of the new defenders, can throw poison needle traps that deploy on the ground and cloak themselves, making them all but invisible to the naked eye. When an enemy steps on one, their vision turns a queasy green and they start taking damage. Poisoned foes can either back away to recover, delaying their advance, or pause to remove the needle, leaving them temporary vulnerable. Throwing these near doors and windows early is a good setup strategy, but Lesion gains more traps over time, so be sure to continue placing them as the round progresses to make things even more dangerous for your enemies.
  3. Ela, the other new defender, has traps to deploy as well, though hers are proximity concussion mines that detonate when an enemy is nearby. These can be placed on floors, walls, and ceilings to defend entrances to the objective area, or to set an ambush for flanking enemies. Ela is speedy, so lie in wait around the corner and when you hear your mine explode, rush in to take care of your dazed and disoriented prey. And if she happens to get downed, she’s got one more trick up her sleeve—a mine she carries on her person that she can trigger, giving her allies a chance to smite her attacker (while they’re disoriented) and revive her.
  4. Blood Orchid is also bringing a host of new updates to the game, including one that will greatly increase the attacking team’s intel-gathering capacity. Now attackers will be able to have both of their scouting drones deployed at the same time, and they can switch between the two at will. This effectively doubles the amount of camera feeds the attackers can set up, and in a game where knowledge is power, clever drone placement can be very powerful indeed.
  5. The Theme Park map brings a fantastical array of room designs for players to explore, from bustling arcades to a tomb full of gargoyles. A ground cable circling the first-floor rooms can help you get oriented, and be sure to find a quiet moment to visit the fortune-teller machine and heed his words of wisdom.

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You can get a glimpse of the new Operators and new map in action ahead of release by tuning into the Rainbow Six Pro League finals, broadcasting on the Rainbow 6 Twitch channel from Gamescom on August 25-26. The new map and gameplay updates will be free for all players when Operation Blood Orchid tentatively launches on September 5. Season Pass holders will get the three new Operators for free on the same day, and everyone can unlock them in-game tentatively on September 12.

And remember, you can play for free from August 24-27, with more information and specific times available at the Rainbow 6 website. So limber up your trigger fingers, cultivate a healthy distrust for solid-looking walls, and we’ll see you on the Siege grounds.

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  • The Hong Kong ops better speak Cantonese and not mandarin! Also remember that the TTS with the new OPs is also available for PS4 players on uplay!

    • Provided your computer isn’t trash like mine.

      Well anyway, I knew the rumor was that they decided to delay the DLC again (which happened the week of Aug 14), but what I don’t get is that they even bothered telling people it’d be out Aug 29th after that rumor happened.

      I am disappoint.

  • I’ll get siege when it’s available as a free game for ps plus. The game to me is not good enough to justify a purchase at any price

    • Actually, it’s easily the best and most unique FPS on the market today. Overwatch is fine but it’s basically TF2, Siege is the real breath of fresh air. Been playing since launch and it’s still got me hooked. Also, it’ll never be free on PS+, but there’s the free weekend of course. But I assume you’re just trolling, because surely no-one could have such a wrong opinion.

    • “Not good enough to justify a purchase at any price”. Are you kidding me? Siege easily surpasses Overwatch, COD, CS:GO,etc. as the most competitive and unique FPS in the market. The current state of this game (more players now than at launch, constant new updates, etc.) just further back it up.

    • @UnleashSonic “it’ll never be free on PS+” —-> And you know that because…? It’s not like we’re talking about “THE” Ubisoft title. So it COULD happen…

      Also…no, I don’t think he was trolling. Actually I kinda AGREE with him. I’m also NOT going to buy it unless it is dirt-cheap, since it isn’t “good enough” for me to pay more than 10 bucks for it…20 if it comes with all the DLC.

      And it’s no surprise that you can’t share our PoV. You’ve been playing it since launch, so of course you have some “love” for the game that makes yours a pretty biased opinion.
      But…you know…people have every right to theirs too, so…yup.

  • @aeons there’s a difference between quality of a title and a person’s enjoyment of it. Rainbow six is an incredibly well-crafted, well-polished shooter, so I’d recommend you learn the difference between objective vs subjective criticism. If the time a person has spent playing something is tied to bias, then you’d have a biass for the time not soentbplaying the game. That was a nonsense post.

  • How do you get the game for the free weekend? Do you “purchase” the demo? Because there is no mention in the game´s Store page.

  • Yeah how do you download it for the free weekend? I haven’t seen anything for it yet

  • So where do we download this for the free weekend? Only options i have been able to find is the discounted game, or the demo. No full game for free weekend.

  • Are we getting Playstation plus in September 1st?!

  • Is there any problem with getting the game 50% off?
    I see only the normal price and its written that I can purchase it until the 4th of September.

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