Rainbow Six Siege's Six Invitational event and Battle Pass is now live
Here's how to level up your battle-pass and play the new, exclusive, map ahead of the Six Invitational
Rainbow Six Siege's biggest event of the year, the Six Invitational, is coming and this year it has launched with a full battle pass, a shiny new playlist with an enjoyable map, and a full set of athletics-inspired cosmetics.
Want to get the best out of your battle pass? Red Bull has the skinny on the Battle Pass, the new (and, so far, temporary) map and a look at some of these sweet cosmetics. Read on.
Rainbow Six Siege's Six Invitational Battle Pass
Rainbow Six Siege's SI 2020 Battle Pass has 35 levels, with a reward at every level for Premium subscribers (see below for the cost) and 12 for players who haven't dropped the cash on it.
You'll slowly accumulate levels just for playing, but if you want to get all the way up to the higher levels you'll need to engage with some of the challenges: this includes getting frags with silenced weapons and other accumulative goals that reward you for playing.
This is by far the quickest way to level up your battle pass, although crucially it's a long way from the PUBG-esque challenges that encourage you to do dumb and dangerous things to get your challenges completed, here Ubisoft are just looking to encourage you to try out new weapons. It's unclear if this will change later, but a previous goal of the team has been to steer clear of challenges that might change the way people play the hyper-competitive shooter.
You have a little over 30 days start to finish on this event, so if you want to make the most of it you'll need to get playing as fast as possible.
How much does Rainbow Six Siege's Battle Pass cost?
With the Year Pass discount, you can get the pass for just 840 R6 credits, while the battle pass and 12 tiers will set you back 1680 R6 credits.
Without the Year Pass these prices are higher, so the base Battle Pass is 1200, and the bundle with tiers will set you back 2400 credits.
In the UK, you can get 600 credits for £4.29, 1200 R6 credits for £8.59 and 2400 R6 credits for £16.99. This makes it substantially cheaper than many similar Battle Passes that are going around, and this pass giving you back 600 R6 credits if you finish it means you could feasibly make back most of your credits if you finish the pass over the next 30 days.
How to get your free MPX skin
Want a free MPX skin? You can claim your limited-edition shiny skin for Valkyrie & Warden's close-range SMG by opening up the game and going to the collect reward screen.
On PC, you'll have to push shift+F2, then click on collect rewards, and then get the free MPX skin. There's no idea how long you'll have to claim this, so get on it quick.
What's the deal with the Stadium map?
Stadium is a new map in the Rainbow Six Siege game that takes place in a, well, a stadium.
While at first it appeared to be a brand-new map, some areas are familiar. Playing with a group, we quickly found ourselves recognising stairs from Oregon, and then a piano area, and before we knew it we realised we were in the middle of a reskinned Frankenstein of previous Rainbow Six maps.
However, it's clear the Rainbow Six Siege team are using this as a place to test out new ideas. Bulletproof glass is an entirely new concept, and it's a huge change to be able to see your enemy through this glass but not engage, meaning you can lean-wave at enemies, something not yet possible in Siege. Aesthetically the map is also significantly cleaner,