Rainbow Six Siege's big esports shindig, the Six Invitational, is due to take place next month. And in the run-down up to its 14th February start date, Ubisoft is holding a special, limited-time Road to Six Invitational in-game event, unlocking all 52 Operators for play.
The Road to Six Invitational event, which is already underway, runs for five weekends (spanning Thursday to Sunday) and sets players loose across a brand-new map called the Stadium.
Themed around a repurposed 70s sports arena, originally created to host a series of commonwealth games, the map is intended to be a high-tech training area of sorts, where participants engage in simulated, non-lethal combat. It features bulletproof glass to "create new situations where you can see your opponents without being able to engage".
In real terms, the Road to Six Invitational event takes the form of Rainbow Six Siege's familiar Bomb mode, which, while unranked, will unfold according to the rules of a ranked match. Pick and Ban will be in play, with rounds lasting three minutes on a three-round rotation.
Players can select from the game's complete Operator roster, and six of these - Blitz, Caveira, Hibana, Mozzie, Sledge, and Thermite - will feature special Road to Six Invitational gear.
Alongside Stadium matches, the Road to Six Invitational will introduce its own Battle Pass, running for the duration of the event. It'll include two tracks - one free, one premium costing 1,200 R6 Credits - with 35 tiers on each. Ubisoft says a total of 48 rewards will be up for grabs across the Battle Pass, including the special Invitational gear seen in the new game mode.
You can get a taste of the action primed for Rainbow Six Siege's latest limited-time event in the trailer above, and additional details can be found on Ubisoft's website. The Six Invitational itself kicks off next month, running from 14th-16th February.