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Rainbow Six Siege North Star: Y6S2 release date, Operator, patch notes

Rainbow Six Siege fans can soon enjoy the new Operation North Star, so here’s everything we know about Year Six, Season 2.

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Rainbow Six Siege North Star

The second season of Rainbow Six Siege Year 6 will be releasing soon, so here’s everything we know about Operation North Star, including its release date, the new Operator, their gadgets, and changes to the Favela map.

Rainbow Six Siege has been going strong for over six years now, and it doesn’t appear to be slowing down. With the latest Season comes the game’s 60th unique Operator, and the Apocalypse event has only just concluded.

The first season of Year Six will soon be wrapping up, so fans are looking forward to Season 2, Operation North Star. Not only does it bring a new Operator for the Defending side, but there’s also a plethora of quality of life improvements.

Here’s everything we know about the new season, including its release date, new Operator, patch notes, and how you can try out all of the new content early.

Rainbow Six Siege North Star release date

Rainbow Six Siege North Star

The first season of Rainbow Six Siege Year 6, Crimson Heist, has almost concluded. This will make way for Y6S2 with the new Operation North Star.

North Star officially launches on Monday, June 14, but PC players can give the new content a try early through the test servers on May 25.

If you own Rainbow Six Siege for PC, you can download the test servers for free and try out and test the majority of the new features that will be coming with North Star. But bear in mind that while most of the features will be polished and ready to go for the new season, some may be experimental and not work as intended.

An update for the test servers went line on June 4, 2021, and they applied some fixes for various issues affecting the test servers. You can find the patch notes for the June 4 update below:

BUG FIXES

LEVEL DESIGN

  • FIXED – Bulletproof camera’s view is obscured when deployed on a server in 1F Server Room on Border map.
  • FIXED – Floors covered by fallen doors on Favela map are difficult to destroy with melee attacks and Maverick’s Breaching Torch.

USER EXPERIENCE

  • FIXED – When a player selects another player in the scoreboard, the reporting function doesn’t appear.

New Thunderbird Operator & gadget

Along with Operation North Star comes new Defending Operator, Thunderbird.

A Canadian Operator, Thunderbird is “a speedy Defender who offers strong support to her teammates with her Kóna Stations.” These are deployable devices that shoot out a boost of healing to nearby Operators, either topping up allies’ health or “overhealing full-health players.”

Also if you’re down but not out, making your way to a Kóna Station will also be able to revive you. But beware, attackers can easily shoot out the Kóna Stations but can also steal heals from them if they can get close enough.

Thunderbird’s choice of weapon and equipment are as follows:

  • SPAS-15 Shotgun
  • Spear .308 Assault Rifle (NATO sights)
  • Q-292 Pistol
  • Bearing-9 Machine Pistol
  • Nitro Cell
  • Impact Grenades

She’ll be available straight away for owners of the Battle Pass, and can be purchased three weeks later, on July 5, with Renown or R6 Credits.

The official story trailer for the new Rainbow Six Siege: North Star Operator was revealed to the community in the E3 2021 Ubisoft Forward event which you can find below:

Favela map changes

R6 Siege Favela overhaul

Ubisoft has confirmed that they will be overhauling Favela as part of North Star. This map’s thin walls and convoluted floor plan typically gave the Attackers the advantage but with these updates, Favela should be a more balanced experience.

The map will be shifting to nighttime and fireworks will fill the sky, but developers have also reworked the central buildings. The outer walls are now indestructible, stopping Defenders from getting frustratingly wall-banged at the start of the round.

They’ve removed the ground-floor stairwell entry, meaning that Attackers will need to now enter “through the two rooftop stairwell entries or the various windows and doors,” for more close-quarters fights. Plus, the interior is also now “much more navigable and interconnected,” allowing for more clever destruction-based plays.

The overhauled Favela will be free to all players when North Star launches.

North Star patch notes

Mira Rainbow Six Siege

Ubisoft also revealed the upcoming changes to gameplay and Operators as part of North Star. For the list of bug fixes, you can check out Ubisoft’s full list.

Operator balancing

  • ASH
    • Reduced number of Breach Rounds from 3 to 2.
    • Increased R4-C vertical recoil. Horizontal spread will be more constant and stronger to the right, and long burst recoil will start on the 8th bullet instead of the 12th.
  • FINKA
    • HP is now permanently granted, similar to HP granted by Doc’s Stim Pistol.
  • MELUSI
    • When Melusi’s Banshee Sonic Defense is active, the core becomes vulnerable to bullets and melee attacks.
    • The device now detects enemies’ feet.
  • ROOK
    • The deploy and equip interactions for Rook have been merged, so he now drops the Armor Pack and applies his own armor in the same movement.
  • VALKYRIE
    • Valkyrie now has primary control over her Black Eye cameras, so she will take control over the cameras if another player is trying to use them at the same time (similar to Zero and Echo).
  • VIGIL
    • Increased vertical recoil. Horizontal spread will be more constant and stronger to the the right. Long burst recoil will start on the 6th bullet instead of the 12th.
  • ZERO
    • The ARGUS Camera now uses the same resource management system as the Shock Drone. A shot is recharged every 15 seconds. The device has infinite ammunition and only 1 shot can be stacked.
  • BEARING 9
    • Horizontal spread is now more constant instead of randomly moving to the left or right, and the next shot is closer to the center.
  • SMG-12
    • First shot kick has been reduced and vertical recoil has been reduced. Horizontal spread will be more predictable and constant to the left, and long burst recoil will start on the 12th bullet instead of the 6th.

Tweaks and improvements

GAME BALANCING

Smoke balancing

  • The propagation system in Smoke’s Remote Gas Grenade has been reworked to prevent the toxic gas from traveling through walls, floors, and ceilings.
  • A new sound plays when the canister is detonated.
  • Operators hit by the cloud will receive 15 HP of damage every 0.66 seconds until they leave the area of effect.

Shattered Glass Interactions

  • Players are now able to use a melee hit to shatter the glass of Mira’s Black Mirror, Maestro’s Evil Eye, and the Bulletproof Camera. Shattered glass is opaque and prevents the devices from being used to spot opponents.
  • When Mira’s Black Mirror is shattered, vision is denied on both sides. When the canister is destroyed, the device now shatters and explodes instead of falling to the floor.
  • When Maestro’s Evil Eye is shattered, he has to open the device to see through it.
  • The Bulletproof Camera is now melee-proof from the front, but a single melee hit will shatter the glass. Area of Effect Rationalization
  • Area of effect feedback for Kaid’s Rtila Electroclaws and Nomad’s Airjabs has been updated to better represent their behavior.
  • Area of effect feedback has been added to Ela’s GRZMOT Mines and Jäger’s Active Defenses to help players better understand their range.

PLAYER COMFORT

Defuser Interactions

  • Auto pick up for the defuser has been removed.
  • The pickup action is now manual like it is for other devices, but there is no animation and the prompt appears when the player is in range (they don’t need to look at the defuser).
  • Added key binding for drop interaction. Font Updates
  • Updated Arabic and Korean fonts to distinguish between title and body text.
  • Added a distinction between titles and other text for the Thai localization.

Interface Preferences Update

  • Options to hide the names of teammates and opponents have been added to the Interface preferences in the Options menu. This allows players to have a cleaner interface, especially for the purpose of recording content.

Operator Statistics

  • The Details & Statistics page in the Operators section has been removed. Players can now view stats through Ubisoft Connect (in the in-game overlay and on the website)

Scoreboard 2.0

  • The new scoreboard aims to provide more information to newcomers about match format and evolution.
  • Round history has been added to the scoreboard. New icons represent the status of each round as well as the position of match points and Attacker/Defender role swaps. Banned Operators are also displayed for Ranked and Unranked matches.
  • Round history will be shown in the scoreboard for all PVP playlists and game modes. It supports matches of any length, including the infinite overtime used in some competitive tournaments.

Match Replay Improvements

  • Reduced file size of replays.
  • Changed the way matches are recorded and removed playback snapshots for rewind.
  • Modified the method used to record the UI during a match to improve the stability of Match Replay.
  • Added motion interpolation to make the animation smoother and more fluid.
  • When using F10 on the screen, shortcut keys used for match replays are shown.
  • Enabled Match Replay for tournaments.
  • UX improvements for the control bar.
  • The Match ID and REPLAY BETA label are now visible on the screen that presents the game mode and on the screen that shows the round number.
  • Support for Observation Tools (Caster HUD).
  • Support for Scoreboard 2.0.

Player Cards – Observation Tools

  • Added feedback in player cards to show when an Operator is using Observation Tools. This info will be shown in the Caster HUD. It will also be displayed for eliminated Operators when they spectate one of their teammates. It aims to help players understand their team’s synergy and how they can help one another.

GAME HEALTH

Abandon Penalties Update

  • Penalties are now 60 minutes, 2 hours, 24 hours, or 48 hours depending on the level of escalation.
  • Cooldown for Abandon Penalties has increased to 7 days (was previously 48 hours).
  • Renown Penalties now have the same duration as matchmaking restrictions.
  • This update only affects Ranked and Unranked.

Bullet Holes Exploit

  • Line of sight through bullet holes in soft surfaces has been blocked.

Eliminated Operator Icons

  • The bodies of eliminated Operators have been replaced with transparent icons.

Flash Hider and Compensator Rework

  • Changed how the compensator works. It will now be more efficient at mitigating left and right recoil.
  • Flash hider now only affects the ‘up’ speed, making the gun climb slower.

Squad MMR Restriction for Placement Matches

  • From now on, the Squad MMR restriction will apply to placement matches, even if Squad members have never been ranked.
  • The Squad MMR restriction is currently 700 MMR.

Map Rotations

  • This season’s reworked map is Favela.
  • Ranked/Unranked Playlists: Favela is not featured in the map pools for Ranked or Unranked, so those playlists will remain unchanged.
  • Newcomer Playlist: Favela replaces Coastline in the Newcomer map pool. The bomb sites are Coin Farm/Storage and Coin Farm/Bunks.

And that’s everything we know about Season 2 of Rainbow Six Siege’s sixth year! Make sure to try out the test server if you’re keen to experiment with the new features.

Also, be sure to check out everything we know about Battlefield 2021, as the reveal is set for June.

Image Credit: Ubisoft

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How to do Griddy celebration in FIFA 23

The popular Griddy celebration is in FIFA 23 and here’s everything you need to know about how to perform this viral dance.

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The FIFA 23 developers have added the viral dance known as the “Griddy” for players to perform in the game, and here’s how you can get this done.

There is a ton of anticipation for the release of FIFA 23, as the game is set to bring a ton of new features for fans of the series to explore in its Career ModeUltimate Team, and Pro Clubs.

Now, developer Electronic Arts have added the “Griddy” dance as a new celebration that you can trigger after scoring a goal in the game. We’ll go over exactly how to perform the viral dance.

How to perform the Griddy celebration in FIFA 23

After you’ve scored a goal, you’ll need to hold down R2/RT and flick the right control stick upwards twice in order to perform the Griddy celebration in FIFA 23. Your player will then start tapping his heels while swinging his arms back and forth.

The Griddy dance is named after its creator Allen ‘Griddy’ Davis and became a viral sensation after popular celebrities like LSU’s Ja’Marr Chase and Viking’s number 18 Justin Jefferson brought it to the NFL.

Since then, numerous players have performed the dance, and its intense popularity has led to the Griddy also being added to video games like Fortnite and Madden. Now, it’s available for you to try out in FIFA 23.

Now that you know how to perform the Griddy in FIFA 23, be sure to try it out if you feel like celebrating a particularly challenging goal. It may take a few tries to input the correct button combo, but you’ll be able to get it done in no time.

You can try performing it in the closed beta before the game is officially released on September 30, 2022. We’ll keep you posted about any other new additions to FIFA 23 as soon as they’re confirmed.


For more FIFA 23 content, check out these major hints about the Pro Clubs’ crossplay future as well as our best player predictions for every team in the Premier League.

Image credits: EA Sports

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How to complete Warzone Titanium Trials Endurance event challenges: All Terminator-themed rewards

Warzone Titanium Trials Endurance gives players plenty of Terminator-themed rewards to unlock, here’s how to earn them in Season 4 Reloaded.

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Warzone Terminator skin

Warzone players can take part in the Terminator-themed Titanium Trials Endurance, a new mode that puts all of your skills to the test. There are free rewards such as Terminator-themed camos to earn, so here are all of the challenges and rewards.

Warzone Season 4 Reloaded wraps up soon, with Season 5 set to go live on August 24. On top of the Vargo-S Assault Rifle and weapon balancing changes, it brought a brand-new Terminator crossover to CoD’s battle royale.

Not only can players get their hands on T-800 and T-1000 skins from Terminator 2, but the brand-new Titanium Trials Endurance mode went live on August 11. This playlist dials up the difficulty with a higher TTK and health regeneration, making it a high-skill mode not for the fainthearted.

What makes the challenge worthwhile, however, is the boatload of free rewards that can be unlocked just by playing. Here are all of the challenges and rewards in Warzone Titanium Trials.

Warzone Titanium Trials Endurance challenges & rewards

There are 13 rewards in total that can be unlocked by anyone playing Warzone Titanium Trials Endurance such as Calling Cards, Double XP Tokens, and Ultra Weapon Camos.

Check out all of the rewards in Titanium Trials Endurance, and how to earn them, below:

Titanium Trials Endurance ChallengeTitanium Trials Endurance Rewards
Complete 1 execution in Titanium TrialsBattle Pass 2XP Token
Revive 10 Players in Titanium TrialsWeapon 2XP Token
Win a Gulag 5 times in Titanium TrialsEpic “Titanium Chrome” Vanguard Weapon Camo
Achieve a Top 10 finish in Titanium TrialsUncommon “I’ll Be Back” Progression Calling Card #1
Win 1 time in Titanium TrialsEpic “I Sense Injuries” Progression Calling Card #2
Win 2 times in Titanium TrialsEpic “I Sense Injuries” Progression Calling Card #3
Win 3 times in Titanium TrialsEpic “I Sense Injuries” Progression Calling Card #4
Win 4 times in Titanium TrialsBattle Pass Tier Skip
Complete all Titanium Trials challengesUltra “Liquid Metal” Vanguard Weapon Camo (Animated)
Win 5 times in Titanium TrialsLegendary “I’ll Be Back” Player Title.
Win 10 times in Titanium Trials.Legendary “Hasta La Vista, Baby” Player Title.
Win 15 times in Titanium Trials.Ultra “The Terminator” Progression Calling Card #5 (Animated)
Win 20 times in Titanium Trials.Ultra “Skynet” Vanguard Weapon Camo

Warzone Titanium Trials Endurance T-800 and T-1000 challenges & rewards

Warzone Titanium Trials Endurance challenge screen

In addition to the rewards listed above, players who have purchased either the T-800 or T-1000 Operator skins can earn bonus rewards by keeping them equipped when playing the mode.

Check out these extra rewards and challenges below:

Titanium Trials Endurance ChallengeTitanium Trials Endurance Rewards
Win a Titanium Trials victory while dressed as the T-800 Operator.Legendary “Thumbs Up” Animated Calling Card.
Win a Titanium Trials victory while dressed as the T-1000 Operator.Legendary “Cyberdyne Systems” Calling Card.
Killing a Terminator Operator, while dressed as a Terminator Operator.Legendary “Terminated” Calling Card.

Warzone Titanium Trials Endurance will be live until the end of Season 4, and then Season 5 kicks off, reportedly bringing an Umbrella Academy crossover and classic CoD villains.

Image credits: Activision

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Apex Legends players call for devs to make Firing Range change after Season 14 update

Apex Legends players are calling for the devs to fix the Firing Range after the Season 14 update changed the way players die.

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Apex Legends players have noticed a difference in the Firing Range after the Season 14 update, and now they are calling for the devs to make a change.

Apex Legends players are still getting used to the changes in Season 14, as there have been both drastic updates to existing content and new introductions such as Vantage and the Laser Sight attachment.

With that said, players have already found great ways to utilize Vantage and also discovered how strong character buffs are, including Mad Maggie and Newcastle‘s.

However, like any new update, Season 14 has brought some pretty crazy glitches, and players have also found an unwanted change in the Firing Range that they’re now calling for the devs to revert.

apex legends firing range

Players often use the Firing Range to practice and 1v1 others, but the removal of the Self-Revive has caused these interactions to be much slower and less enjoyable.

Prior to the Self-Revive’s removal, players would 1v1 with a Gold Knockdown Shield so that if they went down, they could easily get back up or switch characters to gain health and retain their loadout.

This prevented the effort of having to respawn and collect your loadout again, allowing players to 1v1 efficiently. Unfortunately, as Skeptation has highlighted, the removal of Self-Revive means this is no longer possible.

Now, Skeptation and others who agree in the comments are calling for the devs to “change this so players get downed not full killed with friendly fire on.”

While it’s not a major issue, it is clearly something the fans want and may have actually been something that the devs didn’t consider when they took the Self-Revive out of the game.

We’ll have to wait and see what happens, but for now, check out how Apex Legends has reached new heights in Season 14.

Image Credits: Respawn Entertainment

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