It’s been years since we’ve seen a new installment in the Splinter Cell series. When we last left the franchise, Protagonist Sam Fisher had taken down an evil terrorist organization in 2013’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist. Despite receiving positive reviews and selling over 2 million copies, the game wasn’t able to meet Ubisoft’s Sales expectations of 5 million units sold. Since then The franchise has been put on ice. As for Sam Fisher, he was last seen in an event for Ghost Recon Wildlands, with actor Micheal Ironside reprising his role after being replaced by 50 Shades of Grey’s Eric Johnson.
At E3 2017, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot responded to rumors about a new Splinter Cell game in a Reddit AMA post by saying: “I can’t say much about that. But, for sure, all the Clancy games are taken care of. It’s just we have quite a lot on our plate at the moment. All the Tom Clancy games are really coming along, so we are not forgetting Splinter Cell.” More rumors came in 2018 of about a new game in the series releasing soon and Fans hoping for an announcement at E3 2018 were disappointed to see the franchise as a no show.
However, we thought that we had finally gotten news about a new game in the series by The Division 2 creative director, Julian Gerighty. Gerighty originally tweeted:
Working on the next #SplinterCell with @danhaynow and @romcamor in #Lyon.
Can’t wait for #E3.
Crossover with #TheCrew2 with @_fergus_ 🙂
Only missing @GhostRecon and @Rainbow6Game – but on their way.#FarCry#ForHonor #TheDivision2 #RainbowSixSiege #GhostRecon pic.twitter.com/oiwMPTny9Y
— Julian Gerighty (@jgerighty) May 14, 2019
He later tweeted the following that reads “Ok — plz don’t retweet. I may be in trouble.” Could this possibly be teasing a new installment and the much-beloved Splinter Cell franchise? Could it just be a special event that’s happening in The Division 2, like what happened in Ghost Recon: Wildlands? Well, it turned out to be a hoax. According to a recent statement Ubisoft released to GameInformer, “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.” Could this just be Ubisoft doing damage control and them trying to cover up a leak? Probably, but let us know what you think below.