While there’s been hints and confirmation that some people were at one point working on the series, Ubisoft’s Splinter Cell franchise has been in stasis for more than five years now and so far this year, no announcement has come from the publisher about the future of the franchise.
Speaking to IGN (via Gamebuz), Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot explained why we still haven’t seen a new Splinter Cell game in years, and people can blame the publisher’s other franchises for being super successful for it (to some degree).
“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. 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.”
“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.” Guillemot further added: “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.”
We’re just a few months away from E3 2019, where Ubisoft has confirmed that it will be holding its annual press conference. Perhaps we’ll see the franchise resurface there? One can hope.
Do you want to see a new Splinter Cell game and do you think it has a chance of standing toe to toe with Ubisoft’s other franchises like Assassin’s Creed and the like?