Ubisoft Montreal revealed more details about Rainbow Six Siege Year 6, Season 4: High Caliber. The season introduces Thorn, a new defender operator Ubisoft Montreal calls a trapper.
“Thorn’s device is called the Razorbloom Shell,” said Rainbow Six Siege game designer Dominic Clément during the reveal of High Caliber, which is embedded below. “It’s a sticky device that you can throw pretty much anywhere on the map, and it’ll stick to pretty much any surface.”
As seen in Thorn’s reveal trailer, the Razorbloom Shell is a proximity-based gadget. Once placed, an attacker has to move within range for the device to be activated. Once activated, the attacker has a short window of time to decide whether to advance, withdraw, or destroy the device before it explodes. When used correctly, the Razorbloom Shell is designed to panic and move attackers without careful thought, which can prepare them for an ambush.
“We wanted to repeat the idea of a trap operator and a trap gadget,” said Clément. “A lot of the gadgets we have right now that are traps are pretty binary – either you step in and get the effect or you don’t. So with this gadget we wanted to see what happens when you give the players a little more time to react and you give them a few options. “
Thorn’s Razorbloom Shell isn’t the only tool that will bring them to victory. The Operator is armed with a brand new weapon that only Thorn can equip and use (currently). The new weapon is the UZK50GI, a small but powerful submachine gun. If you don’t like the new weapon, Thorn can also equip the M870 as their main weapon, a shotgun also used by hunters and bandits.
“Thorn is mainly played as an anchor,” said Clément. “It’s very useful around bottlenecks. They want Thorn to play around with their device because that’s where it’s deadliest. “
In addition to Thorn, High Caliber is also introducing a new HUD for victories. In addition, Outback will get a makeover with some notable changes to the map’s layout. High Caliber also improves Siege’s test server. High Caliber has no official release date, but it will go live on Siege’s PC test servers on November 9th. If the timeframe sticks to tradition, the season will officially go live on all platforms a few weeks later.
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