The recent update to Rainbow Six Siege, Operation Heavy Mettle, has given shotguns a massive buff. The changes are aimed at making shotguns more accurate while aiming and also improve the destructiveness of their hip fire, consequently boosting their versatility.
Here are some of the specific changes that have been made to shotguns:
- Increased accuracy while aiming: Shotguns now have a tighter pellet spread when aiming down sights, making it easier to land headshots at medium range.
- Increased destruction with hip fire: Shotguns now deal more damage to walls and barricades when fired from the hip, making them more effective for creating openings and clearing rooms.
- Increased movement speed while firing: Players can now move faster while firing a shotgun, making it easier to reposition and avoid being flanked.
These changes are expected to make shotguns more viable options for both attackers and defenders. On attack, shotguns can be used to open up walls and create entry points, while on defense, they can be used to hold chokepoints and deny entry to the attackers.
The new shotgun changes have been met with mixed reactions from the community. Some players are happy with the buffs, as they believe that shotguns were previously too weak. Others are concerned that the buffs will make shotguns too powerful, and that they will become the dominant weapon in the game.
Only time will tell how the new shotgun changes will impact the meta of Rainbow Six Siege. However, it is clear that Ubisoft is committed to making shotguns more viable options, and these changes are a step in the right direction.
In addition to the shotgun buffs, Operation Heavy Mettle also made a number of other changes to the game, including:
- A new operator, Sens, has been added to the game. Sens is an attacker who can deploy a gadget that emits a cloud of nanobots that can disrupt enemy electronics.
- The Frost trap has been reworked. The trap now deals more damage and slows down enemies for longer.
- The recoil of some weapons has been adjusted.
- A number of bug fixes have been implemented.
Operation Heavy Mettle is now live on all platforms.