A ‘Year 2 Pass’ for Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege is now available to purchase on the PlayStation and Xbox stores. Presumably, we can expect the year two pass to appear on Steam sometime soon, but there's a chance it may permanently replace the year one pass if it does.
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It’ll give access to “eight new year two operators across four seasons”, implying that a new expansion will release every three months. In year one, these added a new map for all players and two new operators for season pass holders.
Here's the list of content in full, according to the PlayStation store:
YEAR 2 OPERATORS AND BONUS DLC
- 8 new Year 2 operators across 4 seasons
- 8 exclusive headgear customizations
- 8 exclusive uniform customizations
- R6 Carbon charm
- 600 R6 Credits to purchase in-game content
- 7-day early access to each season's new Operators.
- 10% discount in in-game shop
- 5% Renown boost to unlock in-game content faster
- 2 extra daily challenges
VIP membership expires on February 7, 2018, so these perks will last you until then. The season pass costs £23.99 on Xbox and £24.99 on PlayStation.
Interestingly, the year one season pass has disappeared from the PlayStation Store. It's still available on Xbox, but VideoGamer seem to think that the year two pass will permanently replace it, and that "you'll need to pick it up today to avoid missing out" on its content, which includes eight year one operators.
We can't speak to whether or not this will be true when the year two pass comes to Steam, but since the base game and its current pass are both enjoying a hefty 50% discount as part of the Steam sale right now, you might want to pick them up just to be safe.
A second season of Siege DLC was confirmed a couple of weeks ago and doesn't come as a huge surprise. After a year's worth of expansions and tweaks, with much of the content being added for free, the tricky tactical shooter has quietly emerged as one of the best FPS games around, with a large player base and a robust eSports scene.
So successful has it been, in fact, that Ubisoft recently said they'll be applying its monetisation model more widely. After a rocky launch for Watch Dogs 2 and under pressure from Vivendi, the publishers are in dire need of another hit.