Don’t Do That, Don’t Give Me Hope
The creative director of two Splinter Cell games has come rejoined Ubisoft after spending the last little while working on Fortnite. This is a great sign for anyone who has been sorely missing the beloved stealth series this generation of consoles. For whatever reason, Ubisoft has not released a Splinter Cell game since the days of the Xbox 360 and PS3. But this could mean that they are planning on coming out with a new entry into the series for the next generation.
Maxime Beland, the creative director in question, worked on both Splinter Cell: Conviction and Blacklist. Both games were widely liked by the fanbase. Keep in mind that this could end up being a false alarm. He could have reconnected with Ubisoft to work on a project that has nothing to do with Splinter Cell. But this does look quite promising.
Beland could be returning to save series like Ghost Recon and The Division for instance. Both of those games had less than stellar releases and were criticizes for feeling eerily similar to one another. Recently Ubisoft has recognized this problem and has vowed to make each of its games and series feel unique and different.
Ubisoft has officially stated that they are currently working on new Splinter Cell experiences (whatever that means). So it would not be grasping at straws to hope that a new game is on the way. What this new Splinter Cell game will look like is anyone’s guess. But having Beland return to Ubisoft should be reassuring to nervous fans.
We might not see Sam Fisher anytime soon. But that does not mean it will never happen. A new release sometime during the lifespan of the next-gen consoles is not unthinkable. We’ll just have to wait.