It suffices to say that having a six-year gap since the last Splinter Cell game, Solid Snake has taken the limelight with stealth shooter genre with the Metal Gear Solid franchise in more recent times. Now, however, that could be about to change as Ubisoft confirms that a new Splinter Cell project might be on the way.
Understandably, if you’re a Splinter Cell fanatic, then six years is a lot of waiting for the game to enter the current-gen console lifecycle. Whispers of a Splinter Cell sequel isn’t anything new, but those rumours never amounted to a game emerging onto our console screens. There have even been titbits shown in Division 2 and assassin’s Creed: Odyssey that seemingly had Splinter Cell links, but again those just seemed to dwindle in significance into Ubispace.
New Splinter Cell – the facts
Fast-forward to today and those rumours finally seem to have an endgame, resulting in a new Splinter Cell title! Thanks to a result that came from an IGN interview, Yves Guillemot, Ubisoft’s CEO has put the Splinter Cell situation into a more concrete perspective.
Guillemot states “When you create a game, you have to make sure you will come with something that will be different enough from what you did before,” further adding that the “last time we did a Splinter Cell, we had lots of pressure from all the fans saying, ‘Don’t change it; don’t do this; don’t do that.’ So some of the teams were more anxious to work on the brand.”
When Guillemot talks about ‘the last time’ he’s referencing Splinter Cell: Blacklist after it released six years ago. Fans were torn following its release due to having many more cutscenes and more of a cinematic feel than the previous titles in the franchise. Even with that said, Guillemot promises we haven’t seen the last of Sam Fischer, with the CEO adding “Now there are some things and some people that are now looking at the brand; taking care of the brand.” and that “At one point you will see something but I can’t say more than that.”
Fair enough, the impending launch of Ghost Reckon: BreakPoint and the announce of Watch Dogs 3 at E3 2019 are keeping Ubisoft busy right now. That’s not to say there’s no room for a Splinter Cell sequel.