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Operation Black Ice

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[e][h]Operation Black Ice
Patch Information
Release Date:
  • New operation
  • Bug fixes
  • Misc changes


Continue the Siege with our first major content update, Operation Black Ice, which gives you access to the new Yacht map, two new JTF2 operators, new weapon skins, a spectator camera on all platforms and more.

2 New Operators[edit]

JTF-2 operators are trained to work under extreme conditions, where over-reliance on electronic devices can be your doom.

Operators have immediate and exclusive access granted to Season Pass holders for seven days, before being made available to all players to unlock with Renown or R6 Credits.

Frost Frost[edit]

Equipped with a floor mounted, rubber and metallic spring loaded leg-hold trap, Tina Lin Tsang uses a non-lethal means of immobilizing her prey. The sleek design of the “Welcome Mat” allows for seamless deployment without extensive camouflage. A completely mechanical device that is undetectable by electronic scanners.

Buck Buck[edit]

The Skeleton Key, an under-barrel mounted 12 gauge shotgun, allows Sebastien Côté to swiftly breach and target hostiles, by changing hand positions on his assault rifle. Enabling him to quickly switch from ranged to close-quarter combat. The Skeleton Key is also an effective breaching tool to destroy barricades or create a line of sight.

New Map: Yacht[edit]

In the Baffin Bay, a luxury yacht has crashed into an iceberg breaching the hull. Rainbow has been sent to secure the stranded vessel as an unidentified submarine has docked near the vessel.

The new Yacht map is available for free to all players.

Black Ice Weapon Skins[edit]

Each season brings its load of new weapon skins, such as the JTF-2 skin, USA winter camo and Dwyer Hill. Weapon skins can be purchased either with Renown or R6 Credits. Check the Store to see all new weapon skins on offer.

Additionally, the Black Ice weapon skin is exclusively for sale with R6 Credits for the duration of Season One and can be applied to all weapons in your arsenal.

Spectator Camera On All Platforms[edit]

The Spectator Camera is now available online on all platforms and the keyboard/mouse controls have been integrated for PC. Players can now create 5v5 multiplayer custom games on with an 11th player acting as an observer in real time.

We have also integrated some visual feedback for the Spectator Camera in this update, with the goal of helping the viewer better understand the ongoing action while watching gameplay. To learn more about the Spectator camera, watch this video.

We hope the Spectator Cam will not only make matches fun to watch, but also help players learn more about our game.


Operator shouts are now muted for enemy team[edit]

From now on, the enemy team will not be hearing your team’s automatic character shouts. This will allow for stealthier approaches while maintaining non-verbal communication within the respective teams.

Defender objective rotation (for Ranked and Custom Games)[edit]

In Ranked and Custom Games, Defenders can vote for the objective location they want to defend. We noticed that certain maps have objective locations that are considered easier to defend than others, and that those are frequently being chosen. We believe that it will make for a more competitive and interesting experience to force variety upon the Defenders. From now on, when on the defending side, if a team wins an objective location, they won’t be able to pick it again until they’ve won the remaining locations. If the match goes into overtime, all objective locations become available again.

Reduced bullet trail intensity, especially for suppressed weapons[edit]

Reduced the visibility of bullet trails for all weapons, with an additional reduction for suppressed weapons for a stealthier approach. We believe this tweak will make silenced weapons more useful, as the damage reduction trade-off will now be more worthwhile, on top off the sound reduction.

Increased the flashbang range of effect[edit]

We are roughly doubling the range of flashbangs, making them more effective.

Reduced noise levels of multiple Defender gadgets[edit]

Reduced the noise levels of Mute’s jammers. It will now be considerably lower for Defenders and we reduced the verticality of its sound (will not be heard from two floors up or down anymore). Reduced the electricity noise levels on electrified gadgets. Reduced the noises levels of the Kapkan trap.

Reinforced walls now block bullets while being deployed[edit]

It used to be possible to get shot while deploying reinforced walls, even if they seemed to be covering the players. From now on, there will be collision on those surfaces even during deployment and therefore the bullets will be stopped.

Castle Castle[edit]

It used to be possible to get shot while deploying Castle barricades, even if they seemed to be covering the players. From now on, there will be collision on those surfaces even during deployment and therefore the bullets will be stopped.

Thatcher Thatcher[edit]

We added the English shotgun M590A1 to Thatcher’s loadout options.

Bandit Bandit[edit]

Removed Bandit’s unique gadget’s (CED-1) electricity damage on the hostage. This will avoid some edge cases where it wasn’t clear who was responsible for the hostage’s death.

Player Comfort[edit]

Added map and mode name display during loading and planning phase screens[edit]

Reduced screen dust effect[edit]

When surfaces break or explosions occur, nearby players get a dust effect on the border of their screen. We reduced it to be less intense and occluding.

Altered matchmaking timer display[edit]

Timer now counts up to estimated time.

Fixed weapon damage numbers in menus[edit]

We have changed the damage numbers in the menus according to the light armor values.

Playlist Changes[edit]

Individual spawn location selection for Attackers (Ranked, Custom Games setting)[edit]

In Ranked (and as a Custom Game setting), each Attacker can now select their own spawning location instead of having to vote as a group. This will give more tactical flexibility on approaching the building and will also greatly reduce the amount of instances in which Attackers get picked off as a group by the Defenders right as the Action phase begins (team spawn killing).

Ranked population repartition tweak[edit]

Our data tracking shows that the upper ranks (Gold, Platinum, Diamond) are less populated than expected. Therefore, we have reworked how our players are distributed through ranks. This means that many players will see their ranks change instantly after the February 2nd update.

Here’s how it was before this update:[edit]

  • 1.17% Copper (1-4)
  • 34.6% Bronze (1-4)
  • 58.8% Silver (1-4)
  • 5.27% Gold (1-4)
  • 0.1% Platinum (1-3)
  • Less than 0.001% Diamond

Note: Players in Platinum were often matched against Silver players, almost always against Golds and rarely against other Platinums, which gives the impression that matchmaking is unbalanced.

Here’s the repartition we are aiming for with this update:[edit]

  • 15% Copper (1-4)
  • 25% Bronze (1-4)
  • 35% Silver (1-4)
  • 20% Gold (1-4)
  • 5% Platinum (1-3)
  • 0.2% Diamond

We will be closely monitoring how the rank repartition evolves over time and will be doing additional tweaks if needed. To learn more about the Ranked System, read this forum post.

Ranked fluctuation parameters tweak[edit]

From now on, players ranked Silver 3 and below will have a higher fluctuation rate compared to the ranks above that threshold. For example, Bronze 3 could contain players that have skill ratings between 15 and 16.5 while Gold 3 would have a larger spectrum, between 32.5 and 35. The intention behind this is that players from the lower ranks can climb out of them faster. This will make it more fun for newer or less experienced players, while the constant, highly skilled players will be able to maintain their rank.

Other Improvements[edit]

Web feature: Tactical Board improvements[edit]

  • Auto-save.
The Tactical Board will now automatically save tactics in progress every 30 seconds. This will prevent you from losing your work if any disconnection or bug occurs while working on a tactic. It will also allow you to leave the Tactical Board without having to hit the Save button. Just make sure you noticed the “Autosaved” text popping on the top of the Tactical Board, to the right of the tactic name.
  • Maintenance alerts.
The Tactical Board will alert you of upcoming maintenances 15 minutes prior to downtime. Fixing the Tactical Board bugs requires us to switch off the servers for some minutes. When a maintenance is upcoming, you’ll see a warning on the bottom of the board. As we also have the autosaves ongoing, there will be less risks to lose your work, which will occur only if you edit the tactic 30 seconds or less before the maintenance starts.
  • Texts are now easier to select and edit.
  • Bug fixes.
  • Fixed an issue preventing users to validate the removal of the tactician.
  • Fixing an issue making undo/redo actions sometimes unresponsive until a change of tool was made.
  • Inviting someone in the tactic will now correctly update the Attendees panel (top right).
  • Fixing an issue preventing to dismiss a share notification from their dashboard when clicking "See it later".

Gameplay Fixes[edit]

  • Fixed - Right stick dead zone is resetting to default after exiting the game
  • Fixed - Thermite Thermite can’t place an Exothermic Charge on damaged and reinforced walls
  • Fixed - Attackers win if a teammate kills Fuze as soon as he detonates his cluster charge on the hostage
  • Fixed - Guard break does not work if a shield-wielding Operator moves while receiving a melee hit
  • Fixed - When in rappel mode, the Operator does not have collision under specific structures and clips through textures when moving upwards
  • Fixed - End of round camera clips through the Operator
  • Fixed - PVE: on rare occasions one of the AI doesn’t spawn at the start of a match
  • Fixed - PVE: AI Engineers end up in a loop between evade and idle reaction for every damage tic received from poison gas

Level Design Fixes[edit]

  • Fixed - Defenders are able to pass through red blocker walls during the preparation phase
  • Fixed - Players in support mode sometimes don’t get a correct replication of the watched player’s point of view. For example, the player could have destroyed a wall and seen through it while the player watching in support mode would see an intact wall.
  • Fixed - There are minor lighting issues on our maps.

Hereford Base[edit]

  • Fixed - On the Hereford Base map, players are able to get out of the building through the red blocker wall when vaulting over the sandbags during the preparation phase.


  • Fixed - On the Oregon map, players can see through the ceiling when vaulting over the bunk bed.

Kafe Dostoyevsky[edit]

  • Fixed - On the Kafe Dostoevsky, character can remain stuck when vaulting on a recycle bin in EXT Park Alley


  • Fixed - On Consulate map, character can remain stuck between chairs at the Visa Office location


  • Fixed - On the Kanal map, players can see out of world through the ceiling if he placed his drone over the air vents in the Hallway.

Online Fixes[edit]

  • Fixed - The game sometimes boots on CENTRAL-US data center instead of WEST-EUROPE
  • Fixed - Some players don’t receive renown after a match.
  • Fixed - 0-0x00000602 error is sometimes being received when returning from a matchmaking game to looking for players step
  • Fixed - 2-0x00000067 error is sometimes being received when trying to join a squad having previously went through a direct disconnection
  • Fixed - 2-0x00000068 error is sometimes being received when accepting a party invite.
  • Fixed - Some players from a squad are left in the main menu when searching for a match if specific steps were not followed
  • Fixed - There is no timer present during the lobby screen
  • Fixed - Player gets stuck indefinitely loading a lobby when joining in progress if a player of the same game got killed and then quit the lobby first.
  • Fixed - Some users are getting the "Connection Failure" error every time challenges reset while in-game
  • Fixed - PVE: On some occasions, players are not awarded XP points and Renown after finishing Terrorist Hunt sessions.
  • Fixed - Ranked: Players leaving for any reason except a network disconnection receive no warning and are automatically banned for 2 minutes
  • Fixed - PC, Ranked: Players leaving match using F10 don’t receive reconnect message
  • Fixed - PC, Ranked: Players leaving match using ALT+F4 don’t receive reconnect message

UI Fixes[edit]

  • Fixed - A placeholder appears on the prompt with the abandoned match message after quitting a Ranked game
  • Fixed - On the House map, missing location indicator in Laundry Room

Miscellaneous Fixes[edit]

  • Fixed - PC: If the player switches Aiming settings From Hold to Toggle, the player can’t ADS in Tachanka’s Turret
  • Fixed - PC: Some keys are hard binded in the game involving movement and chat box
  • Fixed - PC: Push-to-talk functionality is missing in the Options menu
  • Fixed - Uplay: Alpha Team Uplay action is not unlocked after completing 50 ranked matches

Undocumented Tweaks & Fixes[edit]

Released along with the 2.1 Patch patch notes was a list of undocumented tweaks & fixes implemented in patch 2.0.

Online improvements[edit]

  • Improvements on cheating countermeasures.
  • From now on, when players are banned, a notification in the combat log is broadcasted to all players currently playing in public matchmaking for all platforms.
  • Improvements on automatic data center selection.


Sledge Sledge[edit]

  • Sledge’s hammer swing speed significantly increased.

Glaz Glaz[edit]

  • Glaz can now destroy wooden barricades.

Player comfort[edit]

  • Map ping maximum range significantly increased. (This is not referring to latency ping)
  • Weapon skins can now be previewed full screen in the Shop.
  • (PC) Can now check scoreboard from the lobby by pressing the TAB key.

Gameplay bug fixes[edit]

  • Fixed a bug in which it was possible to obtain full accuracy for shield-wielding Operators before the end of the ADS transition animation.
  • Misaligned optics fixed.

Online bug fixes[edit]

  • Fix for estimated wait time in the matchmaking lobby screen.
  • Fix of various disconnect issues.


  • Was originally scheduled for a January release.

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