Rainbow Six Siege’s Year 4 gun-drought has come to an end, as new attacker Kali will be entering the game clutching a new weapon, the game’s first bolt-action sniper. So far, there have been no new weapons added to the game since Operator Phantom Sight released back in June. Siege presentation director Alexander Karpazis told us around the release of Operation Ember Rise that the game’s 90+ weapons meant that there wasn’t really a reason to add new guns for the new operators.
“You get diminishing returns whenever you introduce new weapons and you’re tweaking them,” he said. “So we would rather focus on a balanced operator with weapons that fit their kit and make sure they work first.”
It’s exciting to find Shifting Tides’ new operator Kali clutching a CSRX 300, a bolt-action rifle that introduces unique gameplay to Siege, then. However, this could well be the last new weapon you see for a while, according to Rainbow Six game designer Emilien Lemet, who says that new weapons in Rainbow Six will now only be saved for special moments.