Starting today with the pre-launch of the game’s Operation Shifting Tides update and debut of its first African operator, the game’s local test servers are now live on PC.
Confirmed at the Pro League event in Japan over the weekend, the new season introduces Wamai and Kali, operators from Kenya and India respectively, and an “entirely reworked” version of the Theme Park map. According to the press stuff, the two operators “met in the NIGHTHAVEN Special Intervention Company, a private military group owned and led by Kali”.
Wamai is Kali’s best operator at NIGHTHAVEN. His gadget, the Mag-NET System, can attract enemy projectiles and detonate them at its location. With his gadget, Wamai can make Attackers’ grenades and projectile gadgets useless, or even better, turn them against their users. Kali is equipped with a CSRX 300 sniper rifle that can breach barricades and hatches in a single shot. Her gadget is its under-barrel, the LV Explosive Lance, that destroys all gadgets on both sides of breakable and reinforced surfaces.
The update also includes a limb penetration system, rappel request prompts, and an operator cost reduction for Hibana, Echo, Dokkaebi, Vigil, Zofia, Nomad, and Kaid, and is out now on the Rainbow Six Siege test servers with a public launch expected next month.
More importantly for us, though, some of those test servers are in South Africa and can be accessed via the separate Test Server game client on Uplay and Steam.
“The Test Server is an alternative version of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, allowing players to test upcoming gameplay features that will make their way into the main game itself,” the studio explains in the press stuff. “Ubisoft will then analyse the results, with the final objective being the opening of permanent live servers in South Africa.”