Y6S2 NORTH STAR PATCH NOTES ADDENDUM

Updates and fixes made over the course of the Y6S2 Test Server. For the full North Star Patch Notes, follow the link below.

North Star Season Patch Notes[rainbow6.com]

Y6S2 PATCH SIZE

Below you will find the download sizes for each platform.

  • Ubisoft Connect: 6 GB
  • Steam: 4 GB
  • Xbox One: 4 GB
  • Xbox Series X: 5 GB
  • PS4: 4 GB
  • PS5: 4 GB

BUG FIXES

GAMEPLAY
  • FIXED – Desync between reload animation and inventory ammo for some weapons.
  • FIXED – Small props and debris on floor can block fire propagation.
  • FIXED – Fire propagates under half-wall in 1F Waiting Room on Border map.
  • FIXED – PC players cannot rotate their selected weapon if they are in the middle of prepping a device to be deployed.
  • FIXED – Pause timer for Local Custom Games has a maximum time of 10 minutes.
  • FIXED – Nitro Cell deals only 80 damage in PVE.
  • FIXED – Pulse’s Cardiac Sensor doesn’t detect opponents at a particular angle.
  • FIXED – If host leaves a Local Custom Game, the Pause/Resume feature is not immediately transferred to the new host.
  • FIXED – Players who leave a Ranked or Unranked match may cause infinite loading and be unable to rejoin.
  • FIXED – Player card has no icon or cause of death when an Operator is eliminated by Gridlock’s Trax Stingers.
  • FIXED – Death replay icon is present when a player is bleeding out.
  • FIXED – When an Operator is pinged with red pings before they are eliminated, the pings do not appear in death replay.
  • FIXED – AOE deployment effect of multiple devices is not seen during death sequence.
  • FIXED – Allied outlines don’t appear during death sequence.
  • FIXED – Players can’t see through bullet holes made in barricades.
  • FIXED – In Hostage, EOR displays player point of view if round times out or ends with no eliminations.
  • FIXED – Reinforcement animation ends before progress bar completes.
  • FIXED – On the last elimination, the player card appears for a fraction of a second before EOR.
  • FIXED – Defuser cannot be picked up after defusing 1 bomb in PVE.
  • FIXED – Scope reflection lens appears stretched on Favela map.
  • FIXED – Sound is muffled when player hits the opaque side of Mira’s Black Mirror.
  • FIXED – If Warden walks over the same hatch a Defender is reinforcing, the reinforcement animation is canceled.
  • FIXED – If Operator is healed by Doc’s Stim Pistol while affected by Lesion’s GU, it removes the effect of the GU.
  • FIXED – Operator is sometimes missing parts of torso or head during death replay if they eliminated themselves with explosives.

LEVEL DESIGN
  • FIXED – Multiple LOD issues on various maps.
  • FIXED – Various defuser planting and retrieval issues in specific areas on maps.
  • FIXED – Exploitable gaps in various map areas.
  • FIXED – Multiple clipping, collision, destruction, and asset issues on various maps.
  • FIXED – Multiple lighting issues on various maps.

BANK

  • FIXED – While sprinting, Operators are unable to vault over 1F Tellers counter on Bank map.

BORDER

  • FIXED – Collision issues with windows between 1F Tellers and 1F Waiting Room on Border map.
  • FIXED – Bulletproof camera’s view is obscured when deployed on a server in 1F Server Room on Border map.

CONSULATE

  • FIXED – Players can glitch through the van in B Garage on Consulate map.

FAVELA

  • FIXED – A pixel peak is present between 2F Mezzanine Stairs railing and east wall on Favela map.
  • FIXED – Incorrect compass location is displayed at southeast end of EXT Back Alley on Favela map.
  • FIXED – LOD issue on wood planks around wall that’s east of EXT Football Field on Favela map.
  • FIXED – Operators can get stuck between the wooden beams and car battery on Favela map.
  • FIXED – Operators can get stuck between the plant pot and trash bin on Favela map.
  • FIXED – Invisible collision on small cement stairs at EXT Street on Favela map.
  • FIXED – Uncomfortable transition between EXT Tunnel and EXT Football Field on Favela map.
  • FIXED – Players clip through floor of 1F Laundry when exiting rappel near the pink wall at EXT Courtyard on Favela map.
  • FIXED – Ceiling fan above mattress in 1F Blue Bedroom can block Operator movement on Favela map.
  • FIXED – Player movement is hindered when approaching the ramp near EXT Market Roof spawn point on Favela map.
  • FIXED – Floors covered by fallen doors on Favela map are difficult to destroy with melee attacks and Maverick’s Breaching Torch.
  • FIXED – No destruction VFX after destroying empty trash bags on Favela map.

KAFE DOSTOYEVSKY

  • FIXED – Insufficient light inside the cabinet in 2F Main Corridor on Kafe map.

KANAL

  • FIXED – LOS can be created by shooting through the foam ceiling on Kanal map.

OREGON

  • FIXED – LOS can be created by shooting through the foam ceiling on Oregon map.

OUTBACK

  • FIXED – Operator’s legs clip the wall when they go prone between the wall and sign at EXT Picnic Area on Outback map.

TOWER

  • FIXED – Attacker drones will lose functionality after going under the tables at 1F Restaurant on Tower map.

VILLA

  • FIXED – Northwest corner of EXT Veranda is darker than the rest of the balcony on Villa map.
  • FIXED – Lighting is missing in areas around EXT Front Entrance and EXT Greenhouse on Villa map.

OPERATORS
  • FIXED – Multiple scoring issues for various Operators.
  • FIXED – Multiple device issues for various Operators.
  • FIXED – Multiple minor animation issues.

ALIBI

  • FIXED – Highlight around Alibi’s Prisma is missing.

ARUNI

  • FIXED – Aruni’s Surya Gate deployment scoring is not capped at 3.

DOKKAEBI

  • FIXED – Defenders’ phones appear invisible in Support Mode while players are resetting them after Dokkaebi’s Logic Bomb.

ECHO

  • FIXED – Echo’s Yokai is briefly seen after being destroyed if the player presses the space bar at the same time that it’s destroyed.
  • FIXED – Echo’s MP5SD has a muzzle flash even though it’s suppressed.

FINKA

  • FIXED – Finka’s boost does not provide ADS speed increase for Blitz and Montagne.

FLORES

  • FIXED – Flores does not take damage from his RCE-Ratero Charge if he uses another one at the same time as the explosion.

HIBANA

  • FIXED – Hibana’s first person view is offset when she rappels upside down, making X-Kairos pellets bounce off the wall.

JACKAL

  • FIXED – Controller rumble issues for Jackal’s Eyenox Model III.

MAVERICK

  • FIXED – Maverick’s melee animation breaks when the Breaching Torch is equipped.

MELUSI

  • FIXED – Melusi’s hands are missing from her deployment animation.
  • FIXED – Collision issues between Melusi’s Banshee Sonic Defense and sticky devices.

ORYX

  • FIXED – No feedback text when Oryx’s Remah Dash is unavailable.

SMOKE

  • FIXED – Smoke’s Remote Gas Grenade does not propagate properly on some floors and ceilings on Oregon, Club House, Coastline, Theme Park, and Outback maps.

TACHANKA

  • FIXED – Missing bonus score for Tachanka’s Shumikha Launcher incendiary grenade kills.
  • FIXED – Tachanka’s hands clip through DP27 in loadout preview and fullscreen view in the Operators section.

USER EXPERIENCE
  • FIXED – On PC, the PS5 controller is not functional with the new input system.
  • FIXED – Microphone icon inside the scoreboard may be missing.
  • FIXED – Multiple UI and Options menu issues throughout the game.
  • FIXED – Multiple audio, SFX, and, VFX issues throughout the game.
  • FIXED – Multiple localization issues throughout the game.
  • FIXED – Enabling RAW input randomly affects mouse movement.
  • FIXED – Various cosmetic and shop issues.
  • FIXED – Various Match Replay issues.
  • FIXED – NVidia Reflex Latency Indicator is triggered by any shot in the gameplay session.
  • FIXED – Voice and text options for blocked players are not disabled in scoreboard.
  • FIXED – Player cards still appear in Support Mode when Interface Preset is set to Cinematic.
  • FIXED – Players using controllers cannot navigate scoreboard during Post-Action Report.
  • FIXED – When Render Scaling is set to 100, the display is too zoomed-in.
  • FIXED – Observation Tools camera view is distorted in match replays when user rewinds.
  • FIXED – Bodies of eliminated Operators are misplaced in match replays when user rewinds.
  • FIXED – Custom Game playlists disappear after player reboots the game.
  • FIXED – Text for W/L and K/D ratios overlaps in some languages.
  • FIXED – Buck’s default uniform clips through Isolation headgear.
  • FIXED – Hibana’s player card appears inside of opponent’s player card.
  • FIXED – Unable to invite players to a Squad after leaving a Custom Game lobby.
  • FIXED – The crosshair is missing for several devices.
  • FIXED – If player exits Maestro’s Evil Eye while shooting the turret, smoke and electricity VFX will remain on screen.
  • FIXED – When spectating an Operator with a launcher, weapon info is replaced with launcher info in Caster HUD.
  • FIXED – Hibana’s player card is missing X-Kairos icon.
  • FIXED – HP number turns white when an overhealed Operator enters and exits Observation Tools.
  • FIXED – Mozzie’s drone counter displays 96 captured drones when an Attacker drone is destroyed.
  • FIXED – Thunderbird’s name is close to the edge of her player card.
  • FIXED – Players were unable to redeem the 6th pick on some rounds during the SI.
  • FIXED – Texture Quality option text isn’t positioned correctly.
  • FIXED – When a player leaves during Post-Action Report, their stats disappear from scoreboard.
  • FIXED – All players appear eliminated if scoreboard is opened during transition from Planning Phase to loading screen.
  • FIXED – The crosshair is missing for several devices.
  • FIXED – Active screen area is not properly scaled with widescreen letterbox enabled.
  • FIXED – When a player selects another player in the scoreboard, the reporting function doesn’t appear.
  • FIXED – Game remains in infinite loading state after cinematic for Cold Zero situation.
  • FIXED – Various localization issues throughout the game.
  • FIXED – Timer for Thunderbird’s Kona Station disappears if the Show Objective Indicator option is set to OFF.
  • FIXED – Flash hider and compensator have outdated descriptions.
  • FIXED – Players may lose functionality on multiples tabs if Synchronizing Data is encountered in AAR.
  • FIXED – Players will crouch if they leave the drone POV with Observation Tool input.
  • FIXED – Overlap issue observed between the PS4/PS5’s Options icon and the Settings logo.

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Best-Selling Games And Systems Of May 2021 (US): Resident Evil Village Leads The Pack

The NPD Group has released its latest monthly report for the US video game industry, revealing which games and consoles sold the best during May 2021. The report also covers how well the industry overall performed during the month.

Here are the big takeaways, including Resident Evil Village leading the pack.

Overall

Total spending on games in the US during May 2021–spanning hardware, games, and accessories–rose by 3% to $4.5 billion. Year-to-date, meanwhile, spending rose by 17% to $24 billion. These are both year-over-year comparisons.

Hardware

For game consoles, total spending on hardware rose by 5% year-over-year to $244 million for May 2021. Spending on hardware year-to-date performed even better, jumping by 36% to $1.9 billion so far in 2021.

The Nintendo Switch was once again the top-selling home console in the US during May 2021, outperforming the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S systems (which remain difficult to find in many places).

The Switch was the top-performer both in terms of total units sold and dollars spent for both May 2021 and year-to-date.

Games

Shifting to games, total spending on software for May 2021 rose to $4.06 billion, which was up 3% year-over-year. Year-to-date, spending on games surged by 15% to $21 billion.

Resident Evil Village was the month’s best-seller overall, and it quickly became the second best-selling game of 2021 so far. Capcom is discussing Resident Evil during an E3 showcase today.

MLB The Show 21, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, New Pokemon Snap, and Mortal Kombat 11 rounded out the top five for May 2021.

May 2021 Top-Selling Games All Platforms

  • Resident Evil Village
  • MLB The Show 21^
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  • New Pokemon Snap*
  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • Mario Kart 8*
  • Returnal
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons*
  • Minecraft
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019)
  • Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  • Super Mario 3D World*
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
  • It Takes Two
  • Biomutant*
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  • Monster Hunter: Rise
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  • Pokemon: Sword/Shield*
  • Days Gone

*Digital sales not included

^ Xbox digital sales not included

Accessories

The accessories category was the only segment to drop year-over-year, with total spending falling by 8% to $142 million for May 2021. Year-to-date spending has now reached $1 billion, which is up 17% year-over-year. Steering wheel accessories are doing especially well, rising by more than 45% in terms of revenue year-over-year. The Logitech G920 Driving Force racing wheel is 2021’s best-selling steering wheel so far.

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New Rainbow Six Siege Streamer Charms for Y6S2!

Announcing the next Y6S2 Streamer Charms!

Each season will bring the release of new charms, as well as a return of the streamer’s charms from previous seasons!

New

yo_boy_roy[www.twitch.tv]

Mag6[www.twitch.tv]

CCSesports[www.twitch.tv]

Returning



Ad9m[www.twitch.tv] Alfredoplays[www.twitch.tv] AnneMunition[www.twitch.tv] Beaulo[www.twitch.tv] Bighead[www.twitch.tv] BikiniBodhi[www.twitch.tv] Bnans[www.twitch.tv] Braction6[www.twitch.tv] Drid[www.twitch.tv] Gabbo[www.twitch.tv] IceyCat25 Interro[www.twitch.tv] JerichoFive[www.twitch.tv] JessGOAT[www.twitch.tv] Jinu6734[www.twitch.tv] Just9n[www.twitch.tv] Kalera[www.twitch.tv] KingGeorge[www.twitch.tv] KittyR6[www.twitch.tv] Kixstar[www.twitch.tv] LagonisR6[www.twitch.tv] Lil_Lexi[www.twitch.tv] Lt Custard[www.twitch.tv] MacieJay[www.twitch.tv] Matimi0[www.twitch.tv] MrBboy45[www.twitch.tv] Narcoleptic Nugget[www.twitch.tv] PaladinAmber[www.twitch.tv] Pengu[www.twitch.tv] Punjistick[www.twitch.tv] REMGURI / 렘쨩[www.twitch.tv] Rubsarb[www.twitch.tv] Salty Academy[www.twitch.tv] SexyCake[www.twitch.tv] Shorty[www.twitch.tv] SilphTV[www.twitch.tv] TangyD[www.twitch.tv] Tatted[www.twitch.tv] THE_M3RY[www.twitch.tv] Tranth[www.twitch.tv] Varsity[www.twitch.tv] WhiteShark67[www.twitch.tv] z1ronic[www.twitch.tv] Zander[www.twitch.tv] Zigueira[www.twitch.tv]

How to acquire charms

These charms are only available by subscribing to the respective streamer’s Twitch channel with a linked Uplay account. For more information on how to link your Uplay and Twitch account, as well as opt in for Twitch Drops, please refer to this FAQ[support.ubi.com].

How to get involved

Given the length of our production cycle for in-game content, the participants for Y6S1 S2, S3 & S4 have already been determined. We are always on the lookout for additional content creators to add to the program and will be exploring new candidates in 2021. If your goal is to see your charm in game, we use the following criteria to begin the selection process for potential candidates:

Requirements to be considered

  • Approximately 350+ concurrent viewers – preferable.
  • Average of 10 Rainbow Six streams per month.
  • Average of 20 hours of Rainbow Six streamed per month.
  • Positive standing with Ubisoft/Rainbow Six Siege.
  • High quality level of content.
  • Twitch Partnered.
  • Rainbow Six Siege reserves the right for final decision.

Consideration for Removal

  • Less than 10 Rainbow Six Siege main streams over 3 months.
  • Level of quality dropping below an acceptable level.
  • Standing with Rainbow Six Siege/Ubisoft compromised.
  • Any actions that may negatively affect the R6S/Ubisoft brand.
  • Loss of Twitch Partnership.
  • Rainbow Six Siege reserves the right for removal of any charms.

Kompletter Artikel: New Rainbow Six Siege Streamer Charms for Y6S2!

SIXTH GUARDIAN PROGRAM Y6S2: STACK UP

Throughout Year 6 Season 2, we are excited to continue the Sixth Guardian Program[news.ubisoft.com]! The program aims to support a charity via the sales of an in-game bundle which is available throughout the entire length of a Season, with 100% of net proceeds (with a minimum of $6 USD per bundle sold) going to the charity. Your purchases will help to directly support a charity and help a diverse range of causes. Together, we hope to unite the Rainbow Six Siege community and make a positive change outside of our game.

The program’s inaugural run, with Y5S4’s Doc Bundle, proved very successful, resulting in over $170,000 USD raised for AbleGamers Charity[ablegamers.org]. We thank the great folks at AbleGamers for the wonderful partnership, and hope to find opportunities to work with them again in the future!

This Season, we’re releasing the "Valkyrie SG" bundle. All proceeds will go towards Stack Up[www.stackup.org], which is a wonderful military charity supporting active and veteran service members from the US and allied nations by promoting positive mental health and combating veteran suicide through gaming.

This bundle features a full Valkyrie set with Stack Up’s signature red coloring and Sixth Guardian branding. Specifically, the set includes:

  • Uniform
  • Headgear
  • Weapon skin
  • Charm

The bundle will be limited in time and available only for this Season. Make sure to check it out before Season 2 ends!

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Community Artist Bundle Program Y6S2: Sunstark

In Y6S1 we’ve teamed up with Prime Gaming and launched our Community Artist Bundle Program by releasing the very first community-designed operator bundle: The SAU_SIEGE Bundle for Caveira[rainbow6.com].

With this program, we want to celebrate our amazingly creative and dedicated community artists and give them a chance to be represented in-game. Each selected artist gets to create a full set for an operator of their choice and these bundles will drop over the course of Year 6 and beyond.

We’re excited to continue our partnership with Prime Gaming in Y6S2 North Star to bring you the next edition of our Community Artist Bundle Program. As we announced during the Ubisoft Forward Post Show on June 12th, it’ll be a bundle created by artist Sunstark for the operator Lion.

Have a look at the full VOD of Ubisoft Forward to learn more about this bundle in a video interview with Sunstark herself, and for more exciting news and updates from our Siege Community Team.

This set for Lion includes the Sunstark:

  • Uniform
  • Headgear
  • V308 Weapon Skin
  • Charm

HOW TO REDEEM THE BUNDLE

The Sunstark Operator Bundle will become available through Prime Gaming starting from Thursday, June 17th. Make sure to claim it once it’s live, as it will be available for a limited time only!

Prime Gaming members will be able to claim this exclusive set for free. If you’re not a Prime member yet, you can sign up for a free trial.

Until the Sunstark Operator Bundle will be live on June 17th, you can unlock a 7-day Renown Booster with Prime right now!

Here’s how you can get these Prime Gaming offers:

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Sunshine Kim, better known as “Sunstark”, is a professional concept artist from South Korea and she has been drawing impressive fan art of Siege’s operators since 2017. Through her attention to detail and love of the operators’ biographies, she became a role model to many artists and a core pillar in the Siege community.

But there’s even more to her story than that – while her Lion bundle was in production last year, Sunstark was hired by Ubisoft to work full-time on Siege as a Character Concept Artist. We’re proud to have such a talented personality coming from the community and joining our art team to create even more amazing content for our players in the future!

Lion is Sunstark’s absolute favorite operator (she calls herself “the mother of all lions”), so it was crystal clear to her (and us!) that she wanted to create this set for him. When she drew a concept of Lion as a firefighter[www.instagram.com] some time ago, she received many heartwarming messages from real firefighters, who wanted to see her design in-game. This inspired her to dedicate her Lion bundle to first responders in our community.

Have a look at her Twitter and Instagram[instagram.com] channels and make sure to follow her for more awesome art!

FAQ

What is the Community Artist Bundle Program?

The Community Artist Bundle Program launched in Y6S1 and it brings operator bundles created by some of our most talented and dedicated Siege fan artists into the game.

I’m a Siege fan artist too – what can I do to get selected as well?

Given the length of our production cycle for in-game content, the fan artists for Year 6 have already been determined. However, we are always on the lookout for future participants. If your goal is to see your bundle in-game, continue showing us your passion and strive to be an outstanding member of the Siege community. We have multiple ways for our dedicated community artists to get more involved with the game, such as the Siege Champions Program[rainbow6.com].

How can I get the Y6S2 Sunstark Operator bundle?

Link your Ubisoft account with your Amazon account here[primegaming.ubisoft.com] and claim the Operator set through Prime Gaming[gaming.amazon.com] starting from June 17th. After successfully redeeming the content, it will be available in your in-game inventory within 48 hours. Players must have Lion available as an operator.

Can I buy the Sunstark Operator Bundle with Renown or R6 Credits as well?

The Sunstark Operator Bundle is exclusive to Prime Gaming for a limited time only and can be obtained via the Prime Gaming offer as described above. Prime Gaming is included for free with Amazon Prime, and free trials are available for new users.

Will this offer be available on all platforms?

Yes, it can be redeemed on PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series S|X, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Amazon Luna, and Google Stadia.

How long will this offer be available?

Following its release on June 17th, you have one month to claim this offer via Prime Gaming.

I don’t see my rewards.

If you’re having trouble redeeming your Sunstark Operator Bundle, please contact our support[support.ubisoft.com].

For more information about Prime Gaming, visit the Prime Gaming FAQ[www.amazongames.com].

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Call Of Duty Veterans Who Worked On Modern Warfare And Infinite Warfare Leave Infinity Ward

Two prominent Call of Duty developers from Infinity Ward have left the studio to pursue what they are calling a “rare and exciting new opportunity.”

Narrative director Taylor Kurosaki and design director Jacob Minkoff left Infinity Ward earlier this year, though the news is only just becoming public now. “It was an honor to be a part of the studio for the last 7 years and we’re so proud of what we created together with Modern Warfare and Infinite Warfare. We wish the team nothing but the best,” they said in a joint statement.

The statement goes on to explain that Kurosaki and Minkoff are not yet able to announce their next gig, but they remarked that more details should come soon. The joint statement was attributed to both Kurosaki and Minkoff, so they are presumably sticking together for whatever they are working on next.

Before joining Infinity Ward, Minkoff spent years at Naughty Dog where he worked on Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, including its acclaimed train level. He was promoted to lead designer for Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception and The Last of Us.

As for Kurosaki, he also came to Infinity Ward from Naughty Dog. He worked at the Sony studio for more than 10 years as a narrative design lead across a number of projects.

Given their experience, it will be interesting to see where Kurosaki and Minkoff land next. The statement says only that they are leaving Infinity Ward and not Activision overall, though that could be a possibility as well. We’ll report back with more information as it’s announced.

2021’s new Call of Duty game is coming from Sledgehammer Games, the developer of Call of Duty: WWII. The new game, which is due out this holiday, is rumored to be another WWII game that may be called Vanguard. This game is expected to integrate with Call of Duty: Warzone in some capacity that hasn’t been clarified yet.

Kompletter Artikel: Call Of Duty Veterans Who Worked On Modern Warfare And Infinite Warfare Leave Infinity Ward

Top 20 Best-Selling Games Of April 2021 Revealed, As Switch Outsells Everyone Again (US)

The NPD Group has released its latest monthly sales report, detailing the best-selling games and hardware for April 2021 in the US, as well as providing a snapshot of the overall health of the North American games industry.

Total spending on games in the US–across hardware, content, and accessories–declined 2% to $4.6 billion in April, though spending year-to-date in 2021 jumped by 21% to $19.6 billion.

The Nintendo Switch was the top-selling home console in the US during April 2021, both for units and dollar sales. Total spending on hardware, however, fell 30% to $296 million compared to April 2020. Year-to-date sales for hardware is up 42% to $1.7 billion.

Moving to game sales, Sony’s MLB The Show 21 was the best-selling game of April 2021 and is now the third best-selling game overall in 2021 so far. The game had a particularly strong showing, setting a new record for highest first-month dollar sales in franchise history. That makes sense given the game launched on Xbox this year for the first time ever.

MLB The Show 21 was the top-selling game on PlayStation during April, while it ranked second on Xbox–though digital sales on Xbox are not counted by NPD. MLB The Show 21 launched on Xbox into the Game Pass library, and its strong sales seem to tally with the claim from Microsoft that Game Pass may not materially harm outright game sales.

Another notable new release in April was New Pokemon Snap, which was the top-seller on Switch during April and the third best-selling game overall of the month. Its first-month physical sales were more than double what the original Pokemon Snap achieved in July 1999.

You can see the full list of the 20 best-selling games in the US for April 2021 below.

In terms of accessories, the PS5 DualSense controller was the number one overall best-seller in terms of dollar sales for April 2021 and 2021 overall so far. Total spending on accessories, however, fell 23% year-over-year to $168 million. Year-to-date spending on accessories rose by 22% to $885 million.

The year-over-year declines for hardware, games, and accessories may be attributable to the fact that April 2020 was so strong due to the COVID-19 lockdowns that kept people at home and playing games. The massive results were always going to be difficult to compare against.

Top 20 Best-Selling Games In The US For April 2021 All Platforms

  1. MLB The Show 21^
  2. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  3. New Pokemon Snap*
  4. Outriders
  5. Nier Replicant
  6. Mortal Kombat 11
  7. Monster Hunter Rise
  8. Returnal
  9. It Takes Two
  10. Mario Kart 8*
  11. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019)
  12. Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  13. Super Mario 3D World*
  14. Minecraft
  15. Animal Crossing: New Horizons*
  16. Super Mario 3D All Stars*
  17. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
  18. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  19. Pokemon Sword/Shield*
  20. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*

*Digital sales not included

^ Xbox digital sales not included

Kompletter Artikel: Top 20 Best-Selling Games Of April 2021 Revealed, As Switch Outsells Everyone Again (US)

How Activision Is Battling Racism And Toxicity In Call Of Duty

Activision has provided a status report on toxic behavior, hate speech, and harassment in the various Call of Duty games, including Warzone, Black Ops Cold War, Modern Warfare, and CoD: Mobile. In a blog post, Activision said first and foremost that it will not tolerate this kind of behavior in its games, while it also takes a stand against it in society.

“We are focused on making positive steps forward, and together celebrating the best fans in the world,” Activision said. “We know addressing toxicity is not simple and requires sustained effort.”

“We know addressing toxicity is not simple and requires sustained effort.” — Activision

Over the past 12 months, Activision has banned more than 350,000 accounts over racist names or toxic behavior in Warzone, Black Ops Cold War, Modern Warfare, and Mobile. These bans came as a result of both player-submitted reports and Activision’s own tools.

Also over the past year, Activision released new in-game filters that automatically detect racist and offensive names, while new technology was also added to the games to get rid of offensive text chat. These filters are now applied across 11 languages, Activision said.

This is just the beginning of what Activision hopes to achieve to clean up the Call of Duty community, the publisher said. Looking forward, Activision said it will increase the capabilities of its player-reporting tools and moderation systems, while the company will also do more with voice chat to combat toxic behavior.

“Our goal is to give players the tools needed to manage their own gameplay experience, combined with an enforcement approach that addresses hate speech, racism, sexism, and harassment,” Activision said.

Here are some of the ways that Activision will take aim at weeding out even more bad actors from the Call of Duty community:

  • More resources to support detection and enforcement
  • Additional monitoring and backend technology
  • Scrubbing databases to bring systems up to current standards
  • Consistent and fair review of enforcement policies
  • Increased communication with the community

“We know we have a long way to go to reach our goals. This is just the start. Addressing this is an ongoing commitment that we will not waiver from. We look forward to making progress on this front and coming together with you to share in the fun and joy of playing together,” Activision said.

In addition to addressing toxic behavior, Activision continues to take a hard line against cheaters. So far, Activision has banned more than 500,000 accounts from Warzone alone for cheating.

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North Star

Rainbow Six Siege is introducing Year 6 Season 2, North Star! When some of our beloved Operators end up in a difficult situation, only the best of the best can come to the rescue. Introducing Thunderbird, a free-spirited pilot from the Nakoda Territories in Saskatchewan, Canada. Possessing a quiet strength, she uses the Kóna Healing Station to help the fallen on the battlefield.

This season, players can expect balancing changes to Melusi, Smoke, Mira, and Nøkk, a redesign of the scoreboard, and much more. New after-death gameplay will also be featured on the Test Server. Read the Patch Notes below for more information.

View Patch Notes[rainbow6.com]

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