Operation North Star continues Rainbow Six Siege’s newfound focus on quality of life changes, promising several reworks to core gameplay mechanics, while still adding a new operator and reworking a fan-favourite map.
Thunderbird is the name of the new operator joining the defensive lineup. Her ability is best described as a mix of Jäger’s ADS and Doc’s Stim Shot – she can place down three Kona Stations, which fire healing darts at any player who wanders into their area of effect. Despite coming from the Nakoda territories in Canada, Thunderbird arrives in Rainbow Six Siege alongside a rework to the Brazilian map, Favela. Importantly, the Favela rework isn’t designed to cater to competitive play – much like the House rework that arrived last year, this overhaul is aimed at the casual playerbase, making the map more balanced, but not necessarily viable for pro play.
Y6S2 also introduces a haul of changes that were teased during the Year 6 reveal earlier this year, including tweaks to the health and armour system, reduced downtime, and reworks to bulletproof cams, Mira, and Maestro.