Skyscraper rework and accessibilty features also incoming
This weekend, Ubisoft officially debuted the next event headed to its tactical multiplayer shooter, Rainbow Six Siege. As previously reported, Operation Neon Dawn will bring several reworks to the super-popular esports title, along with brand new Defender Aruni.
Hailing from Thailand, Apha Tawanroong was one of Royal Thai Police’s sharpest and most decorated investigators. Her world was shaken, however, when she was involved in a bomb blast while on an operation in Bangkok with Rainbow’s Thermite, which resulted in the loss of her left forearm and leg. Undaunted, Apha underwent extensive physical and psychological therapy, before donning prosthetic limbs and returning to her field of expertise. Shortly after returning to action, Apha was approached by Rainbow’s crack sniper, Kali, who recruited Apha to black ops outfit and Rainbow collaborator NIGHTHAVEN.
Aruni, a 2-speed, 2-armor Defender, brings to the party the high-tech Surya Laser Gate. Deployed over doors, windows, and hatches, the Surya Gate not only damages any Attackers that step over the threshold, but also takes care of gadgets and projectiles that pass through its field, making its deployment over objectives near-essential. A small gap at the gate’s base will allow for drones or well-aimed projectiles, and the generator will power down for a brief recharge period once the field is broken.
Alongside Aruni, Operation Neon Dawn will include a rework of classic map Skyscraper. The balcony area has been trimmed down to force tighter access for Attackers, while the objective rooms have been revised to better balance the map. An entirely new rotation has been added to the second floor of the building. Overall, The developers hope that these changes increase the speed and tactical advantages afforded on Skyscraper.
Additionally, a variety of new accessibility options are also being implemented in Siege. These include new voice-to-text and text-to-voice functions, alternate font sizes, custom volume levels for multiple in-game elements, and chat narration options. Given that upcoming seasons will only feature one new operator, the development team hopes to focus more time on adding new features such as these going forward.
Operation Neon Dawn goes live on the test server today, ahead of its official launch later in the season. Rainbow Six Siege is available now on PS4, PC, and Xbox One, and it will also be available to play day one on PS5 and Xbox Series X.