NARRATOR: North Star is the next season
coming to Rainbow Six Siege.
And it'll be bringing the Thunder, the Thunderbird
to be specific.
She's the new operator who's dealing out
some healing for the defenders, and potentially
for the attackers.
North Star is also delivering numerous game improvements,
including some notable changes to barrel attachments,
plus some balancing tweaks that will make some things
easier to see and others much more difficult.
Here's everything you need to know about North Star,
playing out on the new casual rework of the favela map.
Our new operator is Thunderbird, a speedy defender
who hails from the Nakota nations
of the northern prairies of North America.
Armed with the spear .308 assault rifle outfitted
with NATO sights, or the SPAS 15 shotgun as her primary,
and a sidearm choice of the Q929 pistol or the Bearing 9,
she wields her formidable arsenal in conjunction
with her choice of explosives--
impact grenades or a nitro cell, as you prefer.
When it comes to her gadget, well,
say hello to the Kona station.
Once Thunderbird deploys one of these devices
and it arms itself, it'll shoot a tasty health nugget
to the first operator who enters its radius.
If multiple defenders are within range,
the one with the lowest health gets the juice.
The healing works like a shot from Doc's stim pistol.
It will restore lost health and even over heal you.
But any health above your max HP will
appear as blue in your health bar
and slowly dissipate over time.
After dispensing a single dose, the station goes on cooldown
until the next one is ready.
Defenders will see a cool down timer,
while attackers can wait to see a cone of blue light
that indicates a charge is ready.
And their patience could pay off because a charged Kona
station will heal anyone who enters its radius,
not just defenders.
Using Thatcher's EMP to temporarily disable
icona station rather than destroying it
could earn an attacker a nice little health boost
for a post-plant situation.
So it behooves Thunderbird to keep tabs
on her Kona station situation.
And there's one more thing.
A Kona station charge can be used by a down but not out
operator to get themselves back on their feet.
The DBNO operator will have to manually trigger the revive.
But if used properly, and with a little bit of luck,
Kona stations can do wonders for defender survivability.
Combine one with a deployable shield and Jager's ADS
to create a tough defensive position,
or hide a couple in key positions
around the map to make your Roamer's
even harder to take down.
Thunderbird brings a powerful loadout and an empowering
gadget to the defending team.
But North Star has even more in store.
An important update to barrell attachments
will help you keep your recoil in check
so more of your bullets go where you want them to go.
Compensators will now slowly limit left and right movement,
while flash hiders will dampen the weapons vertical kick.
Muzzle breaks will still recenter your shots
And overall, the goal is to help you better customize
If you're curious about the impact these changes will have,
why not try out the flash hider on the P90 or the Bearing 9?
Now, if that was you on the wrong end
of that encounter, what you'd be seeing now
is the new post-death sequence.
First, you watch your body hit the ground
and then disappear, to be replaced
by a translucent operator icon, the better
to commemorate your passing while eliminating
any issues with dead bodies appearing differently
to different players.
Then, you'd see the replay, which you can now skip.
And finally, you'd enter the support phase.
Also on the North Star update list
is a change to bullet holes.
A single solitary shot in a destructible surface
will no longer make a hole you can see through.
So you'll have to make something a bit bigger, and potentially
a bit more noticeable.
On to operator updates.
Smoke's toxic gas has a new look and a new propagation system
aimed at helping it spread more naturally
and predictably and not through walls-ly.
Melusi's banshee devices will cease to be bulletproof
when they are active, letting attackers shoot them to be
rid of their infernal meddling.
And a big one for Mira's black mirrors, Maestro's evil eyes
and bulletproof cameras--
the glass on these gadgets can now
be shattered by melee attacks.
Shattering won't remove the glass,
but it will make the glass impossible to see through,
severely limiting the devices utility.
Want to play a few matches with all these changes in place
before the season launches?
Download and play the PC test server
starting on Tuesday, May 25.
It's free to all players who own siege on PC.
And it's a great way to get a look
at what's coming in North Star and beyond.
In fact, one of the biggest changes revealed
during this year's future of Siege panel
is coming to the North Star test server--
game play after death.
How'd you like to check out the new streamlined armor system
or try out the updated bulletproof cameras that
can now look every which way and are armed with a recharging EMP
Play the test server to see how these game changing, still
work-in-progress new features are shaping up.
And be sure to send the team your feedback.
Let's round out our North Star tour with a look
at the new favela map, a casual rework where
fireworks can be expected at any time,
as long as it's nighttime.
While the surrounding streets are a good place
to practice your drone's footwork,
you won't find a ground floor stairway leading
into the building.
And most of the exterior walls are no longer destructible,
except for this one.
The roof still has two entries at the top
of the red and yellow stairs.
But the interior floor plan has been completely redesigned.
The two main floors are much more interconnected,
with a bevy of tight spaces that make
for intense close-quarters confrontations,
depending on how renovation happy the defenders are.
The new favela map and all the tweaks and updates
will be available free to all players
when North Star launches, unless I mentioned them specifically
in the test server section, in which case
they're only coming to the test server, for now.
The new operator, Thunderbird, will be unlockable instantly
through the premium track of the North Star Battle Pass
and available three weeks later for purchase
with Renowned or R6 credits.
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