Earlier this month, fresh rumours of a new Splinter Cell game hit the web, claiming that Ubisoft recently greenlit a new game in the series. Since then, more details have come to light, and it seems that reviving Splinter Cell is something that Ubisoft has been working on for a while now.
Earlier this month, fresh reports emerged with sources claiming that Ubisoft has greenlit a new Splinter Cell game, after years of the franchise sitting dormant. According to VentureBeat’s Jeff Grubb, Ubisoft was internally testing ideas for a new Splinter Cell game earlier this year, dating back to before E3 2021.
Rumours of a Splinter Cell revival have been circulating for years, but recently, Ubisoft has relegated Sam Fisher to guest appearances in other Tom Clancy titles. Ubisoft is also working on Splinter Cell and Assassin’s Creed spin-offs for virtual reality platforms, and even more recently, Ubisoft had a mobile game starring Sam Fisher, only to cancel it after release.
This time around, Ubisoft seems to be looking to build a real Splinter Cell game. Testers apparently spent some time with a vertical slice earlier this year, which included elements inspired by the recent Hitman trilogy. However, we do not know if this is the demo that was used in the pitch that got the greenlight for further development. For now, it would seem that a future Splinter Cell will be taking inspiration from the recent Hitman games.
IO Interactive transformed Hitman’s stealth gameplay with its 2016 reboot, focusing on large, open levels and packing them to the brim with secrets, new pathways and objectives to discover, making each level infinitely replayable. The reboot also introduced ‘live service’ elements, with free content updates rolled out periodically, including new limited-time assassination targets. All of these elements could slot into the Splinter Cell universe nicely, while also giving Ubisoft the long-term sales potential it expects from all of its major releases.
KitGuru Says: We’re still far from having real confirmation on the future of Splinter Cell, but right now, it sounds like we can expect any new entry in the series to follow the blueprint set down by the recent Hitman games.