It’s being rumoured that a new mainline Splinter Cell game may finally be in production over at Ubisoft.
That’s according to VGC, who are citing “development sources” claiming the long-running spy series is under way. Currently no specific studios are named in the report as on the project. However, it’s claimed that there’s a small chance it could be announced next year. The rumoured game is supposedly underway to make up to fans disappointed in the series’ recent foray into Mobile and VR only-games.
It’s far from the first rumour of Sam Fisher’s return, of course. In 2019 Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot claimed the reason focus had moved away from Splinter Cell was the success of other series like Assassin’s Creed. The last full-length entry was 2013’s Splinter Cell Blacklist for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U and PC.
Fisher’s turned up in other games in the interim, of course. He was a cheeky easter egg in The Division 2 and there was also a crossover with Ghost Recon: Breakpoint last year. Another Splinter Cell game was officially announced last September, but it’ll be a VR experience for Oculus headsets. But hey, at least the series will feature in free-to-play offering Tom Clancy’s XDefiant, I guess?
Ubisoft are refusing to commenting on this latest rumour. We’ll have to wait and see if we’re raising our hopes to be dashed once more. In the meantime, check out Josh’s musings on the issues with bringing back Splinter Cell from last July over here.