Ubisoft has begun to share small details about the upcoming season of Rainbow Six Siege, starting with a name: north star. So far information is scarce, but we know from February 6 that the next operator will come from the Nakoda nation, an indigenous people in western Canada. The key art of the North Star shared by Ubi features a helium based on a real air and sea rescue helicopter used by the Canadian Forces (the Cormorant AgustaWestland CH-149, for your copter-heads).
As much as I would like to take control of a full ass helicopter in Siege, it seems unlikely. Search and rescue ice themes suggest leaks and rumors about the upcoming Siege operator, which is supposedly codenamed "Thunderbird" (great). We have long heard that a new type of healing operator could come into play and a recent review of an upcoming gadget shared by R6leaks on Twitter he may be the culprit.
Thunderbird, presumably a defender, can deploy these "Kona stations" that will somehow heal nearby players. We can assume a lot from the operator icon that represents small medical crosses above the device. R6leaks also shared a brief low resolution clip of the device in action, but it doesn’t reveal much about how it will actually work. Based on his appearance and Siege's recent history with appliances, it seems very possible that the Kona will heal those close to him, friend or foe.
In any case, a new healing device is a great thing. Since its launch, Doc's stimulating pistol has been the only way to heal on defense. In attack, Finka's dwarf impulses give a temporary health boost to all teammates at once, but the attackers still don't have a proper doctor.
The same reliable leakers also suggest that Thunderbird will have access to the Spear .308 assault rifle as a defender, which is worth noting. Assault rifles are usually reserved for attackers only for balance reasons, and the few exceptions are usually presented with some kind of range or optical compensation. It is possible that the Thunderbird version of the Spear may come with similar compensations (but we should take it with a grain of salt, as we haven’t actually seen it in the leaked images).
According to Ubisoft’s regular preseason schedule, we should expect to hear a lot more about North Star over the next week.