Ahead of the full Operation Burnt Horizon reveal at the Six Invitational, Ubisoft has finally teased the new map. Set in Australia’s Red Heart, Outback is the 21st map to be added to Rainbow Six Siege.
The new “medium-sized” map takes place at a pit stop where a nearby nuclear convoy stopped after being attacked. Assistant Level Design Director Jacques Wong says that the map’s design takes elements from Oregon and Clubhouse.
According to Wong, Outback is divided into three distinct sections: the Garage, the Motel, and the Restaurant. Similar to what we saw with Fortress, each section is especially designed to be easy to recognize. This step is especially important when designing maps viable for competitive play.
“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,” says Wong.
Judging from the minute-long teaser trailer, we can quite easily make out the three sections. In general, the map is very brightly lit with lots of color spread around. Furthermore, there are definitely similarities to Clubhouse. For example, the garage section, although featuring a different layout, looks very similar to Clubhouse’s garage.
While we don’t know the attacker spawns and defender objective locations, we can make rough guesses based on the previous maps. Ubisoft’s recent trends with map objectives suggest that Outback will include four possible bombsites, hostage and secure area objective locations.
“We wanted to emphasise the impact of player decision-making, so for example, there’s a limited number of doors between each sections,” Wong adds. “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.”
The full reveal of the Outback map will take place during the Six Invitational on February 17th. The new Australian operators, Gridlock and Mozzie, will also be revealed on the same day.