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Rainbow Six Siege new season release time, server downtime, Thorn Operator patch notes

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Ubisoft is getting ready to unleash Season 4 of Rainbow Six Siege.

The new Rainbow Six Siege season has a November 30 release date on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One and PC.

According to Ubisoft, the Year 6, Season 4 update will be available to download at 2pm GMT on PC, 3pm GMT on Xbox, and 4pm GMT on PlayStation.

The update will be accompanied by a period server downtime, which will last for around an hour on each platform.

With the update weighing in at around 4GB on each platform, fans should be able to download and install the patch before maintenance comes to an end.

Needless to say, the headline new feature is the addition of an Irish operator named Thorn.

“Thorn, an inspirational leader from the National Police Service of the Republic of Ireland is ready to trap the Attacking Team,” reads the official description.

“She is always ready to deploy the Razorbloom Shell, a special gadget which initiates a timed explosion once triggered.

“You can play as Thorn on the newly reworked Outback map and prevent the Attackers from defusing the objective!”

Speaking of maps, Ubisoft has reworked the Outback location for the start of the new season.

According to the patch notes, Outback has been tweaked in order to improve balance and player comfort.

“Both the main building and its exterior have been modified to allow Attackers to create and execute more effective strategies,” Ubisoft explains.

“As well, new exterior soft walls have been added to the building, and some areas have been refurbished and cleaned up to remove junk and provide better lines of sight and balance.”

Additional changes and all of the remaining Rainbow Six Siege update patch notes can be seen below.

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TWEAKS & IMPROVEMENTS

BATTLE PASS

• First Win of the Day Bonus

 – Earn extra Battle Pass Points when winning any PVP playlist game within 24 hours of the first matched played.

 – Time starts at the first match played and resets each day.

• Battle Point Booster Update

 – Boosters now give a 30% bonus for you, a 10% bonus for your teammates, and a 30% bonus for a team with at least 3 active Boosters.

 – The bonus can be stacked for up to 100% bonus points.

GAME BALANCING

DSEG – Disabled State for Electronic Gadgets

• Created more consistent Scoring and Warning messages.

• Operators’ access to Observation Tools while being affected by DSEG has been normalized. Previously the access was only blocked for Attackers, and now it is blocked for Defenders.

• Iana, Finka, Lion, Dokkaebi and Warden’s unique abilities cool down timer is now paused while affected by DSEG.

• Jackal’s Eyenox automatically deactivates when affected by DSEG

• Dokkaebi’s Logic Bomb ability can be interrupted by DSEG during its casting.

• Attackers affected by disabled state won’t receive Finka’s adrenaline boost anymore.

Testing Grounds Playlist (TS)

• No Squad MMR Restriction.

• Join in Progress enabled.

• No leaving penalty.

• Pro League map pool and New/Reworked map with a higher chance of appearance.

• No map ban.

• Operator ban enabled. New and reworked Operators can’t be banned.

• Mix of Unranked and Quick Match settings (3 rounds role swap and one round Overtime).

PLAYER COMFORT

Grenade Indicator

• Changes made to the UI so it is more reliable.

Operator Autopick

• While AFK during the Planning Phase, the Operator selected will be based on the player’s personal statistics.

• This does not affect the behavior of the Random button.

Esports

• Live notification added when there is an ongoing match.

Alpha Packs

• New visuals for Alpha Packs.

• Behavior of Siege Esports Packs has been adjusted so that, instead of duplicates, it will give out Battle Pass Points.

Switch Firing Mode

• Switch Fire Mode was removed for weapons, but the function (now called Switch Ability Mode) was kept for Operator’s that have unique abilities with different modes (Ex. Zofia, Capitao).

GAME HEALTH

Player Privacy

• New Privacy tab in the Options menu.

• Prevent Queue Sniping options moved to this new section.

• Options are: Hidden Matchmaking Delay and Hide Region and Latency.

Map Rotations

• Added Outback map and removed Border map from the Newcomer playlist.

• Added Outback map to Ranked/Unranked.

• Added Playlist Presets when creating a Custom game.

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