Hot on the heels of his Assasin's Creed Valhalla DLC claims, online tipster Tom Henderson has potentially shared a look behind the curtain of another Ubisoft title: the currently unannounced Splinter Cell game. Instead of shoehorning protagonist Sam Fisher into every other one of its IPs, Ubisoft is reportedly reviving the stealth series. And according to Henderson, the new entry will be open world in the same way that Halo Infinite is.
While we haven't had the chance to go hands on with the latest Master Chief campaign just yet — hurry up 6pm GMT — we understand there is a large open area to explore with sectioned off campaign missions alongside it. Henderson reckons this new Splinter Cell title will have a similar structure, stating it'll be "a more stealthy version of Assassin's Creed". The project is in early development, though, so don't expect to see it any time soon.
So, should we believe these claims made by Tom Henderson? The insider has proven to have a fairly decent track record when it comes to leaks of this kind, with his statements surrounding Grand Theft Auto 6 backed up by Bloomberg's Jason Schreier. It certainly sounds like Henderson knows a thing or two, so maybe Ubisoft really is planning on an open world Splinter Cell title.
Do you hope the stealth series takes this direction? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
If they take cues from MGSV I won't have a problem with this.
I’m not sure Ubisoft know how to make games without an open world.
@Archangel7704 I was literally about to say that same thing.
I’m really looking forward to this. Day one purchase for me.
N.i.c.e. splinter cell blacklist was amazing.word up son
I'd prefer large, open-ended levels like Hitman but you can definitely still make this work in open world as well.
Get ready for NFT pink goggles 1000 hour playtime limited edition super rare Ubisoft edition splinter cell open world goggles exclusive to you. Or something.
Well this IS a surprise. Said absolutely nobody.
Except Kojima's team actually put some effort into polishing their games and having a very well drawn out gameplay that can actually support these big, lengthy open world games. The gameplay is well thought out and takes into consideration a lot of different situations that can happen in-game. The AI acts accordingly as well. Lots of room to play around and goof off.
Ubisoft however, don't. They are completely and utterly clueless. All they care about is how "cool" their games look to their boomer out-of-touch selves and how big the map is and boom, job done
@TeapotBuddha Guess I'm called nobody now, sadge.
I have wanted an open world Splinter Cell since playing Ghost Recon Wildlands.
Clearly, Ubisoft knows open world game design. Throw Sam into a similar scenario where he's behind enemy lines, sneaking around wiping out targets to destabilize (or re-stabilize!) a country, and you'd have a solid set up.
Could even expand the gameplay with co-op. Just introduce a lot more stealth gameplay elements beyond the shooting action of Wildlands and you have yourself a winner, in my eyes.
@get2sammyb dunno if I'd call another Ubisoft open world 'exciting stuff'. I dunno, I'm trying not to be cynical but when every game from a studio is the same bland paste with different food colouring, it's hard not to be cynical.
You said it yourself that the right approach would be independent, large sandbox levels. That allows for a variety of meticulously crafted stealth experiences in a variety of biomes or scenarios etc.
For those making an MGSV comparison, I'd argue that MGSV is immaculate in terms of its mechanics and controls. But the open world itself didn't really add a lot to it and the world itself was a bit dull imo.
@lolwhatno come onnnn, you're genuinely surprised that a Ubisoft game is gonna be like a Ubisoft game? They've been homogenising all their franchises for years!
You see an open world SC could actually be amazing if they designed it like MGSV what used its open world perfectly so do it like that but with a SC twist and it could be brilliant but its Ubi who like all their games to play alike, like all their games to be live services and love their open worlds to be huge with tons and tons of filler, i'm fine with AC and FC being like those things but i don't want a SC game to be like that.
Don't expect anything in the ball park of Chaos Theory, or even Black List - that Ubisoft ship sailed long ago.
Do expect a shoddy, half-broken mess with graphics 10 years out of date. I think I'm right in saying we'd all rather have a remaster of the original three.
On the optimistic side, if they can edge it closer to The Division than say.... Breakpoint (barf) then maybe it has a chance.
@BoldAndBrash Are they clueless though? Their games sell and most of the time get good reviews, Valhalla done and is doing so well they extended it for another year of content. Maybe just maybe Ubi don't make games for you in mind.
This could be great but why does everything need to be open world? Tight but well designed levels can be just as fun. Just worried that my backlog is just going to keep increasing with all these open world games. First world problem I guess lol.
Just spent five minutes looking for a .gif that could fully encapsulate how exasperated this headline makes me but it was fruitless because no such .gif exists. I am that exasperated by this headline.
@TeapotBuddha Oh lol, not at all, I was surprised Splinter cell was being worked on. Guess I misunderstood you, sorry (Guess I'm somebody now yey)
NFTs or no buy!
I love Splinter Cell so much, but kind of worried what a modern Splinter Cell would be. As much as I enjoyed Conviction and Blacklist, they were way too action focused, and I bet a new one would go even further in that direction.
I played the first Splinter Cell on XBox and I loved it.
Bring back that kind of Splinter Cell please.
I mean, obviously. Just like it's also obvious it'll be riddled with microtransactions
@lolwhatno Hahaha likewise then mate, I just assumed everyone knew that a SC game was being worked on already
Does Ubisoft make anything else then openworld, liveservice games?
Likened to Halo Infinite will be like Assassin's Creed.
"a more stealthy version of Assassin's Creed"
I remember when Assassins Creed was a more stealthy version of Assassins Creed.☹
Regarding Splinter Cell though this could be cool but definitely need to see it in action first.
Ubisoft really seems to be scared of actually putting effort into a linear title.
I will play a Ubisoft game again when it won’t be open world … sooo never ? Still waiting for the PoP remaster. I would be very excited for a Splinter Cell game, but not another open world game from Ubisoft.
Yay, the open world, live-service Splinter Cell we were all clamouring for!!
I can't wait to see what season passes, microtransactions and NFTs will be available! !
Fingers crossed this game doesn't turn into live-service GAAS crap filled with microtransactions and lootboxes.
This is going to be terrible. They just had to Ubisoft it. Bland open world, time wasting map markers here we come. NFTs will be great. Think I’m calling it quits on Ubisoft games. These and abuse allegations (and lack of action) leave a sour taste.
It not being 2008, I have no idea how this new Halo is, open world or otherwise. Can it be open world like Yakuza instead? Hang on, it's 2020's Ubisoft, nevermind. See you in Cex for a fiver in about three years Agent Fisher.
Hmmm open world doesn't sound great when this is a game that works better in small spaces. Hopefully the world will be small yet compact. Splinters cell in a world like far cry or latest assassin's creed...no thanks. Splinters cell confined to one city like in the division may work.
This is the only way how I imagined they would bring back the franchise. Sadly.
All games should be open world.
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