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New Splinter Cell Game Finally Confirmed

New Splinter Cell Game

At long last, a new Splinter Cell game has finally been confirmed according to a report from VGC. Ubisoft have apparently given the project the green light and it is entering the early stages of development. Fans of the stealth-action series have been eagerly awaiting a new entry for a long time now, as this new entry will be the first mainline Splinter Cell game in almost a decade.

The confirmation came from insider development sources, who spilled the beans saying that the anticipated title was given the greenlight with the intention of pleasing long time Splinter Cell fans who are becoming frustrated by how the company has mistreated the franchise in the past, relegating it to mobile and VR territory. It is also welcoming to hear that Ubisoft are working on a new AAA title after hearing earlier in the year that they plan to move their focus to “high-end free-to-play games” for all of their major franchises.

At the time of writing, it has not yet been made clear which specific Ubisoft studios will be undertaking work on the project. That said, two insiders whom possess knowledge of Ubisoft’s internal plans have suggested that a studio outside of it’s traditional Montreal base will be leading development on this new Splinter Cell game.

All of the information revealed thus far would suggest that the new title is still in the very early stages of development, therefore I don’t expect that we will see it officially announced by Ubisoft anytime soon. Though, it could possibly see a proper announcement during Ubisoft’s Forward show at next year’s E3 livestream.

For those unfamiliar with the franchise, Splinter Cell was a heavily lauded series of stealth-action games which were first released in the early 2000’s under the Tom Clancy banner. The games star Sam Fisher, a proficient black ops agent voiced by the brilliant Michael Ironside. Sam works for a special government division called; “The Third Echelon.”

The previous mainline entry in the Splinter Cell series was released back in 2013. It was called Splinter Cell: Blacklist and was the first game in the series not to star Michael Ironside as Sam Fisher. The eight years that it has been since Blacklist’s release is the longest period of time we have witnessed without a new entry in the series since it started back in 2002.

Ubisoft did announce another new Splinter Cell project last year. Unfortunately, it was a disappointing VR title developed in partnership with Facebook. Though, this isn’t the only time recently that Ubisoft have made the suggestion of reviving the classic Tom Clancy series.

Ubisoft CEO; Yves Guillemot said last year that he felt that the Splinter Cell series would need to evolve before it could be revived by the publisher. “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.”

“The last time we did a Splinter Cell, we had lots of pressure from all the fans actually 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, so at one point you will see something, but I can’t say more than that. 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.”

What do you make of this news? Are you excited by the news that we will finally be getting a new game in the Splinter Cell franchise?

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Daniel is a 26-year-old writer from Glasgow. He loves sci-fi and hates fantasy. He also hates referring to himself in the third person and thinks that bios are dumb.

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