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Tachanka rework for Rainbow 6 revealed at Six Invitational

Published: 16/Feb/2020 21:49

by Andrew Amos


The leaks are true ⁠– Tachanka is receiving a rework in Rainbow 6, with the changes to the Russian operator set to be released sometime in Year 5.

Tachanka has been revered as one of Siege’s most legendary picks ⁠– despite his status as one of the game’s biggest memes. The Russian operator has been one of the least viable characters in Rainbow 6 since release, with his bulky turret leaving him vulnerable.

However, he will be getting a new life in Year 5, with a rework to the operator’s kit allowing him to fill a new niche in defender strategies and hold a solid place in the game’s meta.

Tachanka in Rainbow 6
Tachanka’s rework is coming in Rainbow 6, with his turret being removed completely.

The goal with the Tachanka rework was to keep the legendary roots of the Russian turret operator deeply embedded in the game, while also making him a viable pick in the meta.

“Tachanka was probably the [most difficult operator to choose for a rework],” said Leroy Athanassoff, the Rainbow 6 Game Director, in an interview with Dexerto. “Tachanka is beloved by our community, so we knew we had to do something that was true to the character.

“We literally went through the same process as making a new operator, so it’s almost nine months of working behind the scenes to make sure his gameplay is interesting and fits in the meta.”

In a game so reliant on mobility, his turret kept him locked down to one place too much, making him easy to counter. Now, Tachanka is taking his turret with him, with his LMG becoming his new primary weapon.

With tons of damage ⁠– to both enemies and walls ⁠– the major drawback of his new primary is its slow rate of fire. However, it will give Tachanka the option to get around the map and find new angles to hold from, rather than being locked down to one position.

He won’t be losing his industrious flair with his new gadget too. Instead, Tachanka will be equipped with a molotov grenade launcher, with the ability to zone off areas of the map and force attackers to rethink their strategies by blocking off paths with fire.

“Typically, when we are reworking anything in Siege, we have to look at why they aren’t meta,” explained Athanassoff. “If a gadget is out of meta, then we look to add a super high-tech gadget that is interesting for the defending team. However, Tachanka isn’t the kind of character to use a high-tech device.”

“The incendiary grenade launcher not only fits his theme of like World War II, old weapons, but also adds a real interest into his gameplay that’ll move him from being a meme character to a meta pick.”

Tachanka’s rework is part of Ubisoft’s renewed vision for Rainbow 6, with the developers of the tactical FPS looking to rework some of the game’s more outdated mechanics. From Year 5 Season 3 onwards, they will only release one new operator a season in an attempt to ship more core gameplay updates.

These include map bans, a replay system, and more, which were teased during their Year 5 and Year 6 roadmap on February 16 at the Six Invitational.

The Tachanka rework has no set release date, but should be out before the end of Year 5.

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New Rainbow Six Siege defender Aruni revealed: gadget, guns, release date

Published: 8/Nov/2020 18:50 Updated: 8/Nov/2020 18:54

by Isaac McIntyre


Rainbow Six: Siege is adding a new defender, Aruni, to its ever-growing operator roster in Operation Neon Dawn, Ubisoft has confirmed. Here’s everything we know about Team Rainbow’s latest recruit, including her abilities, release date, and more.

Operation Neon Dawn is now on the horizon. The final update of Year 5 in Rainbow Six is set to be a big one, debuting the Skyscraper rework, as well as the final new operator for the year: defender Aruni.

The leaks have been plentiful for Aruni, but as of November 8, everything is locked in. The Thai defender is set to shake up the meta with her Surya gates slowing down attackers on their entry into sites.

She also packs a punch, being the first defender to have a DMR in their arsenal. Here’s everything we know about Aruni, including how her kit works, and when you can get your hands on her.

When will Aruni be released?

Aruni will be released with Operation Neon Dawn, the Y5S4 Rainbow Six expansion. The update will be hitting the test servers shortly, on November 9, as stated in the Six November 2020 Major announcement.

After a few weeks on the test server, she will be made available to players on live, with Year 5 Pass owners getting a week of early access before the others.

Aruni gadget: the ‘Surya’ laser gate

Aruni might pack some firepower, but she also has very potent utility. Her Surya gate will change how attackers approach bombsites as they realise their typical modes of attack are cut off.

The Surya gate blocks off windows, hatches, walls, and doors, not letting anything past ⁠— projectiles, drones, or operators. If an attacker decides to walk through, they’ll take a substantial 40 damage.

The gates will deactivate when something passes through it, and needs to be manually reactivated by shooting the gate. They are indestructible through any means though, and they can’t even be disabled by EMP grenades.

To disable it as an attacker to launch an assault, just throw a flash grenade or another suitable projectile. However, to keep attackers on their toes throughout the round, it might be worth looking at picking up your gates and moving them.

It would also be remiss to forget about Aruni’s “secondary” gadget, her rocket arm. Instead of meleeing a small hole, Aruni can blast open gaping holes in walls, and take down barricades in one hit with her prosthetic arm. You can use these to create rotate holes without needing a shotgun.

Aruni guns: Mk 14 EBR, P10 Roni

Rainbow 6 Siege Aruni
Meet Aruni, Rainbow 6 Siege’s newest Operator.

Aruni’s arsenal will contain the P10 Roni and the MK14 EBR. This is no joke for a defender ⁠— Mozzie’s P10 Roni is one of the strongest SMGs you can take, and the MK14 EBR is the first DMR available to defenders.

The sights at her disposal means she can’t take long range fights too much ⁠— it maxes out at 1.5x scope ⁠— but the stopping power is incredible. She also has access to the PRB92 sidearm, as well as Barbed Wire and Bulletproof Cameras as her true secondary gadgets.

Aruni will be released as part of Operation Neon Dawn. Aside from her debut and the Skyscraper rework, meta operators Jager, Hibana, and Echo are set for big changes, and other quality of life improvements are on the way