After the reveal of the new Red Crow operator Hibana's ability earlier in the week, Ubisoft has now released a second video showcasing the ability of the new Defence operator, Echo.
In the video, we see Echo stood in a corner, activating what seems to be a wrist-mounted camera device, not dissimilar to GIGN operator Twitch. The camera then switches to a green-tinted camera, which then proceeds to fall down from the ceiling and be moved around like a drone, eventually coming back to Echo's feet and beginning to hover up before the camera cuts to black.
From this video, we can infer that this ability is most likely a mobile defensive camera. Currently, the Dust Line operator Valkyrie has manually placed cameras and is a valuable part of the meta. However, with the addition of Echo, it is sure to shake up the usual meta of the game.
If Echo's ability is indeed a remotely activated mobile camera drone, it is going to offer an interesting alternative to Valkyrie's current use in Rainbow Six Siege. Whilst Valkyrie is a great operator, her cameras are immobile, can only be placed and removed by hand, and glow bright blue when being used. Valkyrie is also highly dependent on player skill, meaning that an inexperienced player may get absolutely no value out of their camera placements.
Echo, however, whilst probably only having the one drone, could be much more flexible in his ability to move his camera around remotely and keep a constant bead on the enemy team and be much better at feeding consistent information.
However, of course, we won't know anything for certain until we finally see the Red Crow operators in the game. You can tune into the official Rainbow Six Twitch channel on the 12th and 13th of November for a live demo of the new operators, along with major announcements. In the meantime, be sure to go and read the operator blog for Echo, and we'll see you in the field.