Rainbow Six Siege Year 7 Season 1: Release Time, Patch Notes, Download Size, More

Rainbow Six Siege Year 7 Season 1: Release Time, Patch Notes, Download Size, More
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Written by 

Daniel Conlan


15th Mar 2022 11:26

Rainbow Six Siege Year 7 Season 1, aka Demon Veil, is one of the biggest updates the game has yet seen, evidence of the game's enduring popularity. Introducing a brand new operator in the shape of Japanese defender, Azami, a new map and a new Team Deathmatch game mode for Rainbow Six Siege, there is plenty for players old and new to get their teeth into. To get you up to speed here is everything you need to know about Rainbow Six Siege Year 7 Season 1 including its release time, download size, patch notes, and more.

Rainbow Six Siege Year 7 Season 1: Release Time And Download Size

Rainbow Six Siege Year 7 Season 1 is set to be released on Tuesday, March 15. Release times are staggered with PC (Steam, Ubisoft Connect, etc,.) set to get the game at 1pm GMT (9am ET) while Xbox (+1) and PlayStation (+2) players will get it in the hours after. Downtime is scheduled to be at least an hour.


Download size is approx. 4GB on PC and PlayStation consoles but Xbox owners can expect a heftier 13GB+ download owing to some repackaged files.

Rainbow Six Siege Year 7 Season 1: Azami

The headline addition for Rainbow Six Siege Year 7 Season 1 is the addition of Japanese defender Kana “Azami” Fujiwara. The hype is real for Azami, so much so, that an animated short has been put together for her ahead of her release.

A 2-speed defender, her primary weapons are either the 9X19SVN or ACS12 stub-nose assault rifles, and her unique ability is Kiba Barrier, a modified kunai that, once thrown, sticks to surfaces, expanding and solidifying and in the process creating a bulletproof barrier.

Rainbow Six Siege Year 7 Season 1 Demon Veil Release Time
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Rainbow Six Siege Year 7 Season 1: Operator Balance and Price Changes

As with every new season there are a number of operator balance and price changes. The following price reductions will be present throughout Rainbow Six Siege Year 7 Season 1:

  • Mozzie + Gridlock: Down to 10,000 Renown or 240 R6 Credits
  • Oryx + Lana: Down to 15,000 Renown or 360 R6 Credits
  • Flores: Down to 20,000 Renown or 480 R6 Credits

The following operator balance changes will be in effect:

Amera Loses Signal Outside

  • When placed outdoors, Valkyrie's Black Eye, Maestro's Evil Eye, and the Bulletproof Camera will now lose signal after 10 seconds. The player must pick up and redeploy the cameras elsewhere to regain signal.

Valkyrie + Zero

  • Valkyrie's Black Eye and Zero's ARGUS camera can now be accessed while in the air, but the video feed does not begin until the camera attaches to a surface.

Echo + Mozzie

  • Both Echo and Mozzie's drones can now be used outside for longer (10 seconds) to match the time it takes for cameras to lose signal.


  • Melusi's Banshee now opens quicker when activated, exposing it's weak point earlier.


  • Kali's movement is no longer penalized when equipped with her marksman rifle.


  • Thunderbird's Kóna Station will only heal players below 100% health.
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Rainbow Six Siege Year 7 Season 1: Patch Notes

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Alongside the new additions, there are a host of changes introduced in Rainbow Six Siege Year 7 Season 1 Demon Veil. 

Attacker repick is one of the most anticipated and promises to shake up Siege's meta.

Attackers will now have the ability to change their operator and loadout during the Preparation Phase. Allowing players to use information gathered to help break down those stubborn defences. This new feature is available in Quick Match, Unranked, Ranked, and Pro League playlists.

There is also the new Team Deathmatch mode. These five minute, or 75 elimination, matches are designed to get you warmed up before you drop into ranked. Players can pick the same operator, there is no sanctions for leaving games and much of the defender tech is disabled meaning games are fast flowing and full of frags.

Match replays are now present in consoles with players able to save two hours of gameplay or up 12 matches. There is the new R6 Fix Incentive Program that rewards players for reporting bugs, if a bug reported is proved legitimate and warrants investigation you will accrue points that can be redeemed for cosmetic rewards.

There is also a brand new battle pass, plenty of bug fixes and quality of life changes, more details can be found here.

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Daniel Conlan
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Daniel Conlan
When Daniel's not barking orders in Hell Let Loose, he's likely looking after his cat Lana. A lover of first-person shooters, strategy games, and whiskey.
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