Rainbow Six Siege New Season Release Date: When Is Crystal Guard Coming Out, Is It Crossplay?

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The Crystal Guard update is currently being tested by Ubisoft, and it won’t be long before the new Rainbow Six Siege season starts and all of its new content is available to play.

R6 fans can look forward to a brand new attacking operator called Osa, as well as several reworks of the big map.

Osa will be one of the main draws, with new tech coming to the game likely to shake up the meta on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

Offers a new shield mechanism that allows teams to break through barriers, with Osa placing it on windows or floors as a way to provide temporary cover.

“Innovation comes naturally to Osa as she strengthens the attacking team’s position. She can place Talon-8’s translucent shields on doors, door or window frames, or hold them in her hands to navigate the map.

“The Talon-8 shields are bulletproof but transparent and allow both sides to see through, so be careful when placing them. In addition, Bank, Clubhouse and Coastline see some changes to add more comfort.”

Here’s what we know so far about the launch of the new season of Rainbow Six Siege and the start of Operation Crystal Guard.


Developers Ubisoft have confirmed that the new season of Rainbow Six Siege has a release date for Monday, September 7.

The development team is expected to release the new update at hourly intervals, meaning that while each platform will receive the update on the same day, it will be at different times.

For now, we haven’t been given a set release time for when Rainbow Six Siege – North Star will be available to play, although more news is expected to be shared this weekend.

Previous R6 patches went live in the UK in the early afternoon, updating the schedule used for Crimson Heist, including PC, at 2pm BST, Xbox at 3pm and PlayStation at 4pm BST.

As mentioned above, this week’s new Rainbow Six Siege update adds some big ticket items, including Osa and her see-through shield.

What it doesn’t include is a new map, with Ubisoft opting to make some major changes to several smaller maps.

According to Ubi, Bank, Coastline and Clubhouse have been rebuilt from the ground up to improve balance, environmental destruction, sound diffusion and lighting.

Bank, one of Rainbow Six Siege’s oldest maps, has remained largely untouched over the years, but here are some things that will be tweaked this month:

  • EXT Boulevard vehicles have been moved to new locations to avoid shutdowns.
  • Some EXT Low Roof and EXT High Roof skylights are blocked to prevent unfair firefights.
  • The line of sight to EXT Back Alley has been adjusted to avoid spawn spikes.
  • EXT Terrace has been updated to prevent spawn spikes.
  • File cabinets between 1F ATMs and 1F Lobby have been removed to prevent easy shots into the interior balcony.
  • All metal bars have been removed from B Vault to increase shooting ease.
  • A new alley called EXT Side Alley connects EXT Boulevard and EXT Back Alley.
  • Hatch in 1F Lobby now leads to B Vault.
  • Railing in 2F Skylight Stairwell is now destructible.

Gamers are also wondering when Rainbow Six Siege will get full crossplay support across all current platforms.

Ubisoft has confirmed that R6 Crossplay is in the works for later this year, although it won’t be ready until today.

On June 30, Rainbow Six Siege launched on Stadia, and from this date, players on PC, Stadia, and Amazon Luna will be able to queue together for matches and have unified account progress across those platforms.

It won’t be until early 2022 that players on Xbox and PlayStation platforms will be able to team up and compete against each other as crossplay comes to consoles and cross-progress launches across all platforms.

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