Rainbow Six Siege North Star Announced, New Operator “Thunderbird” Incoming

Those looking for the next phase in Rainbow Six Siege’s content plans, Ubisoft has announced the Year 6 Season 2 (Y6S2) title update called “North Star,” and the new operator coming with the patch!

There’s a trailer and info straight from the press release.

In North Star, players will discover a brand-new Defender: Thunderbird. She can deploy a Kóna Healing Station, which heals any player – ally or enemy – close to this device, even if they are downed. The Kóna Station has a cooldown between each charge. Thunderbird is a low armor, high-speed operator, equipped with a SPEAR .308 or SPAS-15 as primary weapon, and BEARING 9 or Q-929 as a secondary weapon.

Same as in every major title update, expect a reimagined map (Favela) when it drops. According to Ubisoft, the changes in Favela will give it “better navigation,” and “improve readability” by making sure players know where they are and they’re going.

North Star will be available on Test Servers on May 25, where two new features such as the revamped armor syste and activities after death will be available.

On Test Servers, two new features will be tested: a revamped armor system and activities after death. Players’ armor will be converted to additional health so they have better visibility on their armor’s impact. Additionally, players will have new activities after death, with Attackers being able to control their own drones while some Defenders will be able to use their gadgets after their death (including Maestro, Echo or Mozzie). These changes will have a strong impact on gameplay and need to be tested to get players’ feedback. They will be available on the Test Server only and will not release on live servers at North Star launch.

Additional updates coming with North Star include:

  • Scoreboard 2.0
  • New corpse icons
  • Bullet holes fix
  • Operator balancing (Melusi, Mira, and Maestro tweaks and Gas Propagation rework)
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