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Rainbow Six Siege favela map changes in Operation North Star

Rainbow Six Siege has made some changes to its Favela map that has seen it tone down the destruction in Operation North Star.



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Rainbow Six Siege Year 6 Season 2 has kicked off with a big map update, changing Favela in a big way for Operation North Star.

The new Operation North Star update has dropped for Rainbow Six Siege, ushering in Year 6 Season 2. Along with a new Operator and many other changes, Ubisoft has also decided that it was time to shake things up with Favela.

Christ the Redeemer is still overlooking your game from a distance, but he will be witnessing less damage being done to the map itself. The devs felt that it was time to rework Favela and make it more competitive.

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Well into its sixth year of Operation, Rainbow Six Siege is continuing to make handy alterations to the game to keep its player base excited.

Defenders were very much at the forefront of the devs thoughts when it came to changing Favela, as it was too easy for Attackers to bulldoze their way through various destructible parts of the map, and multiple entrance ways.

Here’s what Ubisoft had to say regarding Favela and the changes:

“The two main entryways on Favela’s roof have been preserved. They were previously named 3F Main Stairs, 3F Back Stairs, and 3F Packaging and are now named 3F Red Stairs, 3F Trash Chute, and 3F Electrical. The map’s small size, irregular exterior, and verticality also remain. The rest of the map, including the overall structure of the main building, has been completely remade, so players will get to experience a virtually new location that retains the same theme as the original Favela.”

rainbow six siege favela night

The idea is to make Favela more structured and visibly clear. Defenders will now have ample opportunities to anticipate incoming threats. Plus, the nighttime aesthetic gives Favela a new look, and it feels fresher as a result.

The new layout is far more strategic and will allow for a more competitive game of Rainbow Six Siege that is more balanced.

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Rainbow Six Siege Y6S3.3 update patch notes: New Clash weapon, Kapkan buff & P10 Roni nerf

Here’s everything you need to know about Rainbow Six Siege’s Y6S3.3 update patch notes, including Clash’s new weapon.



Rainbow Six Siege Clash operator

Another round of balancing has hit Rainbow Six Siege, with the Y6S3.3 update giving some Operators a much-needed buff, but some weapons have also been hit by nerfs. Here’s everything you need to know about the update, including full patch notes.

Operators are the focus of Rainbow Six Siege’s Y6S3.3 update, with Clash getting a new weapon, Kapkan getting a healthy buff, and Castle getting even more Armor Panels at his disposal. On top of that, there are some impactful weapon nerfs too.

Here’s everything you need to know about Rainbow Six Siege’s Y6S3.3 update.

Rainbow Six Siege Y6S3.3 Operator buffs & nerfs

Kapkan in Rainbow Six Siege

Rainbow Six Siege’s Y6S3.3 update has given some healthy changes to Castle, Clash, Kapkan, Melusi, Oryx, and Wamai. The majority of these Operator balance changes are to buff lesser-used Operators, but they’ve also changed up Melusi to limit her combat effectiveness and focus on her intel side.

Devs explained that Clash’s P-10C only had a pick rate of 3%, so they took it away and gave her the Super Shorty, a small pump-action Shotgun, instead.

kapkan entry denial devices on rainbow six siege doorway

Kapkan’s Entry Denial Devices are powerful tools, but now there’s no limit to how many can be stacked on an entrance. Players can cover a doorway in these trip mines, which changes them from a “mild inconvenience to a full frag real quick.”

Castle’s Armor Panels are effective, but easier to counter. To give players more options, Ubisoft have increased the amount from three to four. But, it now takes a couple fewer melee hits to destroy one.

Check out the full patch notes below for the rest of the Operator changes.

Rainbow Six Siege Y6S3.3 update weapon & Gadget buffs & nerfs

Rainbow Six Siege Mx4 storm recoil nerf comparison

A couple of powerful weapons have been nerfed in the Y6S3.3 update, with the Mx4 Storm and P10 Roni getting more recoil among other changes. But, players now have more Hard Breach Charges at their disposal.

The Mx4 Storm has had its recoil increased, but the P10 Roni got hit the hardest. Its initial shots will now be much harder to control, and its magazine size has been reduced so that players will “have less bullets to fall back on.”

But, players can now access another Hard Breach Charge to encourage players to use it more and find more creative uses for it.

Rainbow Six Siege Y6S3.3 patch notes

Rainbow Six Siege operators

Here are the full patch notes for Rainbow Six Siege’s Y6S3.3 update.

Operator balancing


  • Increased Armor Panels to 4 (was 3).
  • Reduced melee hits required to destroy a Armor Panels to 9 (was 12).


  • Added Super Shorty (removed P-10C).


  • Number of Entry Denial Devices per door/window frame no longer limited to 1.


  • Added Bullet Proof Camera (removed Nitro Cell).


  • Reduced Remah Dash charge refill time to 8s (was 12s).


  • Increased max Mag-NET System to 6 (was 4).
  • Reduced Mag-NET System catching area to 3.5m (was 5m).

Weapon balancing

Mx4 Storm

  • Increased Mx4 vertical recoil.

P10 Roni

  • Reduced P10 Roni magazine to 15+1 (was 19+1).
    • Total ammo:
      • PVP – 181
      • Hardcore – 121
      • PVE – 196
  • Increased vertical recoil.
  • Increases first kick recoil.

Gadget balancing

Hard Breach Charge

  • Increased gadget amount to 2 (was 1).
    • Affected Operators: Montagne, Buck, Fuze, Capitao, Amaru, Nokk, Ying, Zero

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Is Rainbow Six Siege cross-play? PC, Xbox & PlayStation guide

Cross-play and free-to-play models are now the industry standard for multiplayer games, so here’s what that means for Rainbow Six Siege.



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Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege is one of the most popular and competitive FPS titles in the world, so it’s no surprise that players want to team up and play with friends no matter their preferred device. Rainbow Six: Siege does have cross-play, with improvements coming.

Cross-play has become the industry standard for multiplayer games. Gaming has never been more connected, with players across Xbox, PlayStation, PC, Switch, and even mobile playing together.

What’s also begun to rise in popularity is the free-to-play model. Call of Duty: Warzone, Fortnite, Apex Legends, and more all offer their full multiplayer experience for free with cross-play across multiple platforms.

At Ubisoft Forward in June, we finally received new information about crossplay in Siege, with some big updates to come to the game in early 2022. Here’s everything you need to know about Rainbow 6 Siege cross-platform play.

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Rainbow Six Siege cross-play

Rainbow Six Siege does feature cross-play, but only for consoles in the same family, and between PC and Stadia. That means if everyone in your party owns a PS4 or PS5 you’ll be able to play together, but not with those who own Xbox consoles.

The good news is that this will change in early 2022 when cross-platform play will be opened up to everyone who plays on consoles. This means that anyone on any console can team up, regardless of whether it’s a last-gen or next-gen device.

However, Ubisoft have made it clear that they don’t intend to mix console and PC lobbies, so you’ll never find a PC player in your lobbies.

How to turn off cross-play in Rainbow Six Siege

If you’re not keen on playing with players from different consoles than your own, it is possible to turn off cross-play in the game’s settings. If you should decide to do this, then fair warning – this will likely make it harder to find games.

To turn off Rainbow Six Siege cross-play:

  1. Open Rainbow Six Siege, and go to the settings menu by selecting the ‘cog wheels’ on the top-right.
  2. Head to the General section, and scroll down to Crossplay Matchmaking.
  3. Set it to off, then move to Crossplay Communication and turn it off too.
Rainbow Six Siege crossplay settings

Rainbow Six Siege cross-progression

On top of cross-play, Rainbow Six Siege will also be getting cross-progression. That means your inventory will carry from one platform to another, free of charge, as long as they are linked on the Ubisoft website.

It’s important to note that your rank won’t transfer with you though. For example, if you’re Platinum on your console, don’t expect to log in on PC and see the rank there. Ubisoft will also be unable to refund players who purchase items on two different platforms.

Will Rainbow Six Siege go free-to-play?

Rainbow Six Siege operators

With the free-to-play model being so popular in the industry, Rainbow Six Siege’s devs have previously discussed the possibility that the game will be free in the future.

Speaking to PCGamer in 2020, Siege game director Leroy Athanassoff discussed making the game free-to-play. They said, “We want the game to be accessible to everyone,” but there are certain hurdles that must be overcome first.

The main one is smurfing – when an experienced player creates a new account to match against newer and lesser-skilled players. NICKMERCS has previously shown the power of smurfing in Warzone, and Siege’s devs are worried that it would plague Siege if it ever became free-to-play.

So, Siege may become free-to-play in the future, but the devs first need Siege to have “certain features ready to be a good and successful free-to-play game.”

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Rainbow Six Extraction: Release date, gameplay, trailers & platforms

Ubisoft’s Rainbow Six spin-off looks to shake things up, and here’s everything we know about Extraction’s release date, gameplay, and more.



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Ubisoft’s newest Rainbow Six tactical shooter aims to be very different from the successful Siege formula and add a horror twist. This is all the information known about R6 Extraction, including its release date, gameplay, and more.

The Rainbow Six division of Ubisoft has proven to be very successful since the game’s first entry in 1998. The franchise built up a great following during the early 2000s and gained serious traction with the R6 Vegas games. The series recently hit new heights thanks to the unbelievable success of Rainbow Six Siege too.

But whilst Siege continues to grow from strength to strength, Ubisoft is also making another game in the franchise – Extraction. Focusing less on human threats, Rainbow Six Extraction is favoring infected, less humanlike foes.

We’ve put together a handy guide that contains all the important information about Rainbow Six Extraction so far and what we can expect.

Rainbow Six Extraction release date

infested area in rainbow six extraction

Since the game’s unveiling on June 6, 2019, at E3, the game has gone a bit quiet with the circumstances of the world decidedly having an impact on the game’s development and direction.

However, the 2021 PlayStation Showcase gave us a hefty, fresh look at the game, and finished it off with a release date for the game – January 2022. Ubisoft has not outed a specific date, so we will confirm that once it’s official.

Rainbow Six Extraction gameplay

destroying a wall in rainbow six extraction

Siege’s current template focuses on teams of five that battle it out to best each other over a series of hotly contested rounds.

Whereas, Extraction aims to shake things up by having teams comprised of three Operators work together to take down waves of infected enemies in full-on PVE action.

At this moment in time, there exists a video containing over an hour of gameplay from Ubisoft’s upcoming tactical shooter, with a spokesperson confirming this: “We can confirm this is a glimpse of our upcoming Rainbow Six game,” Ubisoft said in a statement issued to Eurogamer. “Recently, we ran an internal test for the game, and unfortunately, some of the details became public. This clip is work-in-progress gameplay footage. We’ll share more details about the game later this year.”

The Ubisoft Forward event during E3 2021 brought a deep dive trailer that showed the community a great deal of what they can expect when they play Rainbow Six Extraction.

You can check out the official gameplay reveal for Rainbow Six Extraction below:

It’s also been confirmed that Rainbow Six Extraction will have at least 18 Operators, similar to the system used in Rainbow Six Siege, and they will have their own abilities as well.

The official Rainbow Six Extraction website lists 12 ones that we know of and keeps the other six a secret for now.

Rainbow Six Extraction trailers

The first glimpse at the game that fans and would-be players got to see was a brief teaser trailer back in 2019 – when the game was still called Quarantine.

You can check it out in its entirety here.

The public got its first official look at Rainbow Six Extraction with the release of the game’s reveal trailer during E3 2021.

You can check it out below.

And to really get the juices flowing, Sony’s PlayStation Showcase 2021 also had a hot 2-minute video showing off more of the game.

Here’s the trailer from PlayStation Showcase 2021.

Rainbow Six Extraction platforms

The release of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S means for the first year or so people will be wondering which platforms a game will appear on.

Unless you’re exclusively a Nintendo Switch owner, then it will be music to your ears that Rainbow Six Siege will be available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Stadia, and PC.

There’s still plenty of time between now and Rainbow Six Extraction’s release date, so as Ubisoft release more details about the shooter, we’ll keep you in the loop.

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