Rainbow Six Siege's Operation Blood Orchid Update Patch Notes Released

Rainbow Six Siege Operation Blood Orchid
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The patch notes for Rainbow Six Siege's upcoming update have been revealed, a patch that introduces the free Operation Blood Orchid expansion and several new Operators.

Operation Blood Orchid has been teased and previewed several times leading up to the patch notes' reveal, so several parts of the patch should come as no surprise to Rainbow Six fans who have been keeping up with the game's news. Most players will undoubtedly be looking forward to the addition of a brand new map called Theme Park, a run-down setting in Hong Kong that definitely looks like it's seen better days. But in addition to the map, three new Operators are also being added.

The Operators in question are two Defenders named Lesion and Ela as well as a new Attacker named Ying. Ela is an Operator from Poland, but the other two Operators are both from Hong Kong to coincide with the theme of the expansion.

While the maps and the new Operators are the key changes that are shipping with the patch, there are plenty of other changes coming as well related to lighting, bugfixes, and other performance increases. The full patch notes can be read here via the game's site, but some of the big takeaways other than the Operators and map can be found below:

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  • Blood Orchid Weapon Skins
    • Get Year 2 Season 3 underway with four fresh Blood Orchid weapon skins and feature one representing Poland, the Alembic. Dynasty, Red Silk, White Dragon and Plinky's Arcade can be applied to the weapons available until the end of the current season.
  • New Upgraded Servers Deployment
    • The new servers will be deployed with the launch of Season 3. These new servers bring significant improvements to stability, connectivity, FPS, rubberbanding, and overall performance. On top of the new servers, we have a new physics system in the works, which should further address issues with players teleporting and rubberbanding.
  • Improved Lighting When Looking From Inside To Outside And Vice Versa
    • Initially, we wanted to use realistic values to have contrasted and realistic lighting, which works in the same way as a camera would in real life. Additionally, the bloom was intended to limit the effectiveness of Defenders peeking outside.
      We are excited to tell you that we have completely reworked how exposure is handled on all maps, and reduced the exposure values. Bloom issues are now a thing of the past.

The upcoming patch for Rainbow Six Siege is scheduled to be released on Sept. 5