Looking back nearly two years now, there have been multiple reports of a new Splinter Cell potentially being in the making. Either it being through leaks via retailers like Amazon or Wal-Mart for the game’s listing, or slipping up in an interview where former Ubisoft developer Jade Raymond shares to have made concepts for an unannounced title.
Nonetheless, the game has been appearing more and more during discussions more recently and it seems that it is time for a new installment on the Tom Clancy series. Last playing as Sam Fisher as far back as 2013, it feels that fans of the franchise are eager to return back for yet another title in the near future.
Recently, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot discussed with IGN’s Ryan McCaffery in an interview about the history of Tom Clancy brand following Ubisoft acquiring the publishing rights for the all assets at the start of the new millennium. At one point in the conversation McCaffery asks Guillemot about Splinter Cell and questions the prolonged halt on a successor for this generation of consoles.
The CEO shares that despite the success of the series, other titles overshadowed the IP and the development team prioritized franchises like Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry. Guillemot explains that one reason we haven’t seen a new installment is due to the pressure many developers were met with during the creation process of the latest project, which left them anxious when attempting to meet fan expectations for the follow-up to Splinter Cell: Conviction.
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,” Guillemot explains. “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.”
Though we are still left unsure about the future of the Splinter Cell franchise, we do know the series is still on Ubisoft’s mind as Guillemot told IGN that “people are taking care of the brand”.
About a year ago, Rectify Gaming reported the upcoming list of titles to be marketed through Microsoft for their platform and one title we shared is an upcoming Splinter Cell title. Despite the game’s absence last year, there is still the chance we might see a reveal possibly at this year’s Ubisoft Press Conference during E3.