Remember Splinter Cell? This Tom Clancy branded cinematic stealth franchise took the gaming world by storm on the first game’s release in 2002! And, since then the series has been home to some of the most critically acclaimed stealth action experiences of that decade. However, since Blacklist (the most recent game in the series) which was released 6 years ago on last generation consoles, the series has been mysteriously silent.
Fans have been clamouring for a current-gen Splinter Cell experience since the release of the PS4 and Xbox One, and finally it seems as if more of the series’ iconic slick, night-vision tinged action is on the way. Or… is it?
Being interviewed by Gamersky, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot had this to say:
“On Splinter Cell there will be some new type of experiences, but more on different devices.[…] We’re working a lot on the brand today to come back at one point – we can’t say when, but as you know it takes time.”
It seems, then, as if Splinter Cell will definitely be coming back in some form or another, but Guillemot’s mention of new experiences on different devices seems to suggest that this might not be in the form of a traditional Triple-A experience as fans were hoping for. What this could mean for the series is unclear – Yves could be referring to a VR Splinter Cell game, a mobile title, or perhaps even the long-rumoured Splinter Cell movie. The “different devices” could even be an awkwardly-worded allusion to the upcoming new PlayStation and Xbox consoles. Guillemot also mentioned wanting the series to “come back big”, which does make another mobile game seem unlikely.
Where has Splinter Cell been all these years?
Ubisoft have been quietly slipping the series back into the modern gaming lexicon for some time now, having Sam Fisher appear in games like ‘Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad’ and ‘Ghost Recon: Wildlands’, as well as making the Splinter Cell games available on both Ubi’s own new Uplay+ subscription service and Xbox One’s Backwards Compatibility system. Between this and the extreme success of other recent Tom Clancy games, the return of Splinter Cell was bound to come about eventually.
In the past, Guillemot has shed a little light on why we haven’t seen much from the Splinter Cell series, citing developers’ anxiety to meet with fan expectations in an interview with IGN this past April.
At any rate, I’m glad to see the series finally getting some love again, and I look forward to seeing what a new Splinter Cell game might have to offer. With the poor reception to the Elite Squad trailer, however, I do hope that Ubisoft have something more substantial to offer than a mobile game.
Are you excited for Splinter Cell’s return? Are there any other Ubisoft properties you’d like to see get a reboot (Prince of Persia, anyone?) Leave your thoughts in the comments!
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