Many gamers were waiting for a Splinter Cell related announcement back at E3 2018, but that once again didn’t happen. Ubisoft has returned to the topic to state where the series and Sam Fisher character are at the moment.
According to CEO Yves Guillemot, the developer and publisher still love the brand and Fisher a lot, but it doesn’t really look like there is a good opportunity for the IP to come back anytime soon.
Talking with GameSpot, Guillemot said that he “will disappoint you because I don’t have an answer to give you exactly,” but anyway the name and the intellectual property are still around at Ubisoft.
“Each brand we have, and each character, we want them to live in the long-term, so one day you will see something, but I can’t give you more details,” he added in the same interview.
He won’t probably say that directly, but it’s clear that Ubisoft is now focusing on always online and constantly refreshing experiences that can engage players for a bigger amount of time rather than ‘simpler’ single-player games as Splinter Cell.
Does this mean the franchise is over? I don’t think so, but it sure enough seems that the company will need more time to look into how making a good Splinter Cell title while also satisfying this new need for longer lasting games.