Rainbow Six Siege Shows Off Its Dusty New Outback Map

Nathan Birch

Late last week Ubisoft officially announced Operation Burnt Horizon, the Australian-set first season of Rainbow Six Siege’s fourth year of content. It was teased the season would include a new Outback battleground, and now Ubisoft has provided a first look at the map. Set in and around an Outback pit stop, it looks like the new map will provide plenty of room to roam and engage in the occasional cowboy showdown – check it out for yourself, below.

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Here’s how Ubisoft describes the Outback map:

Welcome to the Outback! Set in Australia’s Red Heart, this map is an homage to all the dusty service stations and motels that populate the forgotten highways of the continent, places filled with hardworking locals and specialty menu items you’ll find nowhere else.

Unfortunately for this particular pit stop, a passing nuclear convoy came crashing to a halt while under attack, forcing locals and patrons to flee and causing Rainbow to be called in. As to what inspired the team when designing the game’s 21st map, Assistant Level Design Director Jacques Wong says they referred to two fan favorites – Oregon and Clubhouse. […] Get ready for rooms packed with souvenirs and cultural artifacts from many a roadside petrol station across the Great Southern Land. You might even run into our friendly resident mascot, Norman, in the restaurant, though we do ask that you try not to stare.

Rainbow Six Siege assistant level designer Jacques Wong provided a few more details…

“We divided the map into three distinct sections – the Garage, the Motel, and the Restaurant – and put a lot of effort into making sure each section is recognizable, even from far away. There are specific colors for each section, and we used lighting and geometry to direct the player’s gaze to where they need to go.

We wanted to emphasize the impact of player decision-making, so for example, there’s a limited number of doors between each sections. Roamers can still create new paths by destroying walls, and there’s always the option of changing floors as a flanking strategy. It’s a medium-sized map, so players won’t need to go far to find alternative routes.”

Rainbow Six Siege is available on PC, Xbox One, and PS4. More information about Operation Burnt Horizon will be delivered during the Six Invitational in Montreal on February 17.

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