Earlier this week, Ubisoft Montreal revealed in the Rainbow Six Siege Year 6 Season 1, the designer notes that Blackbeard is set to have some key nerves when the launch of Crimson Heist arrives. The Attack Operator will see his shield health drop by more than half and his MK17 damage reduced – but it’s possible we could see a more complete overhaul down the line.
In an interview with FPS game director Jean-Baptiste Hallé ahead of the Rainbow Six Siege Crimson Heist release date, we asked if Blackbeard might see a nerf in Grade 6 or beyond, given he’s not not necessarily overpowered, but that his shield in its current state can be a point of frustration in a shootout with Op. “I have never been happy with Blackbeard to be completely transparent with you,” Hallé tells us.
“It’s a matter of priority. I wouldn’t be surprised if he ended up needing a complete overhaul, much like Tachanka had done. However, it looks like we won’t be seeing anything like this in the game anytime soon. “Right now we have higher priorities to tackle in terms of balancing, but I can’t be happy with Blackbeard’s condition if he’s seen as as frustrating as him,” he continues.
“And we can see that pretty clearly, not only from the social media comments, but also from the surveys we do with our community where he’s consistently seen as a pretty frustrating operator.”
So while that doesn’t indicate anything concrete, it does look like a revamp in the style of last year’s Tachanka redesign for Blackbeard could be on the cards in the future of multiplayer gaming. Tachanka received some primary weapon and gadget changes when it got a bit of a makeover, and it seems possible, based on those comments, that Ubisoft may have something similar in mind for Blackbeard (and his pesky shield ) – however, it will be worth the wait to see how the nerves that are to come with Y6S1 will shake up first.
Rainbow Six Siege Crimson Heist launches on March 16, so we won’t have to wait long to see how Blackbeard’s balance changes in gameplay.