Let’s not beat around the bush – It’s been way too long since we’ve seen Sam Fisher. After all, Splinter Cell: Blacklist was launched way back in 2013, some six years ago, and we haven’t heard anything about the game since. Well, Ubisoft CEO, Yves Guillemot, has finally spoken about why we’ve waited and will continue to wait in an interview with IGN.
To put it simply, Ubisoft won’t bring back the Splinter Cell franchise until it can do something novel with it. To go along with that little tidbit of information, he also confided in the outlet that development teams were literally getting too anxious to work on a new Splinter Cell game because of the overbearing pressure from fans across the globe. And, third, Ubisoft is afraid that a new Splinter Cell game could, in fact, steal the limelight from franchises like Assassin’s Creed which, as Guillemot put it, are “taking off.”
“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. 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.”
“Now there are some things and some people that are now looking at the brand; taking care of the brand. At one point you will see something, but I can’t say more than that,” he added. “Also because of Assassin’s Creed and all the other brands taking off, people wanted to work on those brands more. so we have to follow what they like to do.”
None of this is to say that a new Splinter Cell isn’t actually coming. Remember Ghost Recon: Wildlands? Well, there was a very obvious teaser with the man behind Sam Fisher’s voice, Michael Ironside, doing the same voice in an Easter Egg. Far Cry: New Dawn, another Ubisoft game, also featured a Splinter Cell Easter Egg. Obviously, Ubisoft is letting us know that it hasn’t forgotten about the franchise but, the truth is that we’re still quite a ways off from seeing a new game in the long-running franchise. As they say, though, good things come to those who wait. And, we have a feeling that we a new Splinter Cell game does come to life, it’ll be well worth it and then some.
With that said, Guillemot has purposely maintained silence on the matter any further. He was asked about the rumors that Splinter Cell designer, Clint Hocking, has returned to Ubisoft and was working on an “unannounced project.” He also downplayed saying anything about a new Splinter Cell game coming to the next generation of consoles that we should see in the next couple of years. If the company does plan to announce a new Splinter Cell in the near future, you can bet that it will happen in June during the company’s E3 2019 briefing.