Two of Ubisoft's biggest franchises are now joined together thanks to a Splinter Cell Easter egg hiding in Assassin's Creed Odyssey. The Greek-inspired RPG is set at the earliest point in the Asssassin's Creed franchise, but that hasn't stopped some modern Splinter Cell tech from making its way into the game.
The Splinter Cell series has been lying dormant since Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist in 2013. Premiering to reasonable reviews and featuring a new voice actor as Sam Fisher, Splinter Cell: Blackslist could've ushered in a new era. As fans wait for any news on where Splinter Cell goes next, Assassin's Creed Odyssey reminds players that Sam Fisher isn't finished yet.
In a segment of Assassin's Creed Odyssey set in the modern day (hat tip GearNuke), protagonist Layla spots a pair of Sam Fisher-inspired goggles and refers to the Third Echelon - the secretive organization that appears in the Splinter Cell series. Fisher worked for the Third Echelon in earlier games and notably became the spymaster and commander of Fourth Echelon in Blacklist.
It looks increasingly likely that Ubisoft has crafted its own expanded universe of games. In the past, the company has confirmed that the likes of Watch Dogs and Ghost Recon are set within the same continuity. Only this year, Sam Fisher appeared in Ghost Recon: Wildlands and paid tribute to Metal Gear Solid's Solid Snake.
The Sam Fisher nod fuels the fire that Ubisoft is planning to reboot the Splinter Cell series in the near future. A Walmart listing announced games like Gears of War 5 and Just Cause 4 while hinting that Splinter Cell 2018 would reinvent Sam Fisher's story, but as E3 came and went, there was no announcement from Ubisoft. Considering the same listing correctly confirmed Bethesda's RAGE 2, fans have been puzzled about where the next Splinter Cell is.
Putting a Sam Fisher Easter egg in a game as big as Assassin's Creed Odyssey is a clever way to keep Splinter Cell relevant. Michael Ironside's Sam Fisher speech in Ghost Recon: Wildlands teased that something big was coming his way, but it doesn't look like Ubisoft is ready to announce anything just yet.
Note that a Raving Rabbids character also popped up in the same room as Sam's goggles, so Ubisoft may have been paying tribute to the publisher's long history of games. Either way, players will undoubtedly be looking for more Ubisoft Easter eggs in the rest of Assassin's Creed Odyssey and future games from the company. What's next Ubisoft, Far Cry 5's Eden Gate cult or even Rayman making some sort of cameo?