A new Splinter Cell game has been heavily rumoured for some time now, to the point where people were left wondering what happened when it didn't show up during Ubisoft's E3 2018 presentation. The conversation surrounding the franchise has been a little muddy for a while, but thankfully, the publisher's main man, Yves Guillemot, has clarified the situation.
In an insightful interview with IGN, the CEO explains why the series has been hidden away in the shadows for so many years. "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,” he explained. “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."
He goes on to suggest that the series will be making a return at some point: "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."
Basically, it sounds like the publisher has been hesitant to approach a new Splinter Cell game until it could bring something new to the table and do well by the fans. It's encouraging to hear that it's now being worked on, but we imagine it could still be a long way off. We'll have to sit tight for now, but it seems Sam Fisher will be making a return.