The last game in the series was Blacklist, a glossy stealth shooter that received a lukewarm reception. It harked back to the old days, but something was missing.
Since 2013, fans have been waiting with bated breath for a new entry, and it finally looks like it’s on the way, if a series of cryptic tweets are to be believed.
Creative director, Julian Gerighty appears to have been honouring a night on the cobbles with his fellow Ubisoft colleagues when he tweeted that he was “Working on the next #SplinterCell… in Lyon.”
There are plenty of tags in the now-infamous post commemorating a momentous evening with fellow workers who had contributed to many of Ubisoft’s established franchises, like The Crew, Ghost Recon and Rainbow Six.
Naturally though, everyone is focusing on that devilish first line. A series of follow-up tweets from Gerighty read “plz don’t retweet. I may be in trouble” and “how do you delete a tweet.” At the time, Gerighty’s profile and header picture referenced the Splinter Cell series. Now they’re back to promoting The Division 2.
It’s all a bit up in the air, but why would he mention it regardless? Clever marketing trick or Freudian slip after a Shiraz or two? I guess we’ll find out when E3 rolls around.
A Ubisoft spokesperson conducted some crisis management when reached for comment by PC Gamer. “Julian was obviously joking as Julian likes to do. It looks like our creative directors are having fun right now.
We do not have any announcements to make at this time.” Conclusive, but I wouldn’t say your hopes and dreams should be shattered just yet.
Ubisoft has clearly heard the noise from fans about this forgotten series and may well be in preparations to bring it back, especially after grafting Mr. Fisher into Wildlands not that long ago. We’ll be sure to keep our ear to the ground on this one and update you if we hear anything else about this rumored comeback.