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Rumor: New Splinter Cell in Development?

A new Splinter Cell is reportedly in development. According to Tom Henderson, Ubisoft was said to be starting work on the seventh full-fledged installment of Sam Fisher's adventures to win back frustrated fans of the franchise. There is a chance that the title will be officially announced next year.

  • According to Tom Henderson, Ubisoft has begun work on a new installment of the Splinter Cell series, with which it wants to win back fans of the franchise;
  • The game is supposed to be in the very early stages of development - there's at least a slight chance that it will be announced next year.

Assassin's Creed, Watch Dogs, The Division - releasing and popularizing these series has been a huge success for Ubisoft. Although history is written by the winners, gamers do not forget about the losers. Such a series signed with the logo of the French publisher is undoubtedly Splinter Cell. We regularly get sentimental rumors about its return, but nothing more. However, this may soon change - Tom Henderson from VGC has found out that the seventh full-fledged instalment of Sam Fisher's adventures is in development.

This is what the journalist's sources claim: the title is to be developed in one of Ubisoft's branches, but not in Montreal, the team which was responsible for the first five installments of Splinter Cell (Blacklist from 2013 was prepared by Ubisoft Toronto). With the new game for the franchise, the company reportedly wants to win back frustrated fans, who scowled at the guest appearances of the former Third, and now Fourth Echelone operative in other games or at rumors of the title to focus on the use of VR technology.

Interestingly enough, the new Splinter Cell was announced by Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot over two years ago, when he said the following words:

"On Splinter Cell there will be some new type of experiments, but more on different devices. We are working a lot on the brand today to come back at one point. We can’t say when because as you know it takes time, but we have to find which time is right to come back big."

So it's possible that the most ardent Splinter Cell fans - those who didn't like Double Agent, Conviction and Blacklist - won't be happy with the likely upcoming seventh installment. However, it's hard to predict the scale of evolution that Yves Guillemot suggested. Taking into account Sam Fisher's dry spell in game, one can be tempted to conclude that the developers do not have to tinker too much with the proven formula, and only adapt it to modern realities. Or maybe - as in the case of Prince of Persia - we'll get a remake of the first installment? If the game was simply good, that should be enough for it hold its own.

The only problem is that we won't learn its anytime soon. Ubisoft declined to comment on Tom Henderson's findings, and the journalist's sources suggest that there's a shadow of a chance that Splinter Cell 7 may be announced next year. Well, we can only wait... and hope that Michael Ironside will once again lend his voice to Sam Fisher.

Hubert Sledziewski

Hubert Sledziewski

A sociologist by education, a gamer by passion. His adventure with gaming began at the age of four – with the Famicom clone. Currently, he prefers PC and challenging RPGs, but doesn't shy away from consoles or other genres. He has been writing professionally since 2016. He joined Gamepressure five years later – although he has known the website ever since he had access to the Internet – to combine his love of writing and games. He mainly deals with news and editorials. When he's not playing or writing, he's happiest reading, watching TV shows (less often movies) and Premier League matches, listening to heavy music, and walking his dog. He loves Stephen King's works almost unconditionally. He has not abandoned plans to follow in his footsteps. However, he keeps his first "literary achievements" locked away deep in a drawer.


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