Splinter Cell's Sam Fisher is joining Ubisoft's Ghost Recon Wildlands video game as part of an upcoming special operations mission. Tom Clancy is known primarily for his books and movies to many people, but to gamers, his name has been attached to some of the longest-running and most beloved video game franchises out there, such as Splinter Cell, Ghost Recon, Rainbow Six, and even The Division.
The Splinter Cell series has been around since the early 2000s and is widely considered to be among the greatest stealth series ever made. At the same time, Ghost Recon games have been deeply rooted within the console shooter genre, especially when it comes to the Xbox. The original Ghost Recon game was among the first shooters to be available for Xbox Live when the service launched in 2002. And after all these years, it looks like those two series are gearing up for a major crossover.
The official Ghost Recon Twitter account posted a video today that teases Sam Fisher's addition to Ghost Recon Wildlands for a special operations mission called The Call. A full reveal is coming on April 9. What's more, the voiceover in the video is clearly Michael Ironside - an iconic voice actor known for voicing Sam Fisher in the Splinter Cell franchise. Unfortunately, he was replaced by Eric Johnson for Splinter Cell: Blacklist in 2013, but it appears that Ironside is returning to voice the character once again. Take a look at the teaser below:
When duty calls, he answers. Stay tuned for a full briefing on April 9. pic.twitter.com/dUCwCSFSP7— Ghost Recon (@GhostRecon) April 6, 2018
With a full reveal coming on Monday, it seems that the Splinter Cell-Ghost Recon crossover will be part of Ubisoft's Year 2 plans for Wildlands, which officially starts with an update on Tuesday, April 10 - just one day after Sam Fisher's special operations reveal. The game's second season will include four special operations updates, of which one will be The Call. What makes this crossover even more interesting is that the publisher already crossed over the game with The Predator, which means they aren't looking to stop anytime soon.
This news also comes on the heels of an Amazon Canada listing for a new Splinter Cell game, which only adds fuel to the rumors that Ubisoft will be unveiling the next Splinter Cell title at E3 2018 this June. And considering that Far Cry 5 already released and there's no Assassin's Creed game this year, Ubisoft is desperately in need of another title. Sure, The Division 2 is on the way, but that may not release until next spring, as was the case with the first game.
Aside from Ubisoft potentially gearing up for a new Splinter Cell game, what all this means is that Ubisoft and Red Storm are crossing over two major Tom Clancy franchises, which could set a precedent for future crossovers as their games are starting to take a turn in recent years. However, not everything is able to be crossed over. Take The Division for example; it's set in a post-apocalyptic world, which doesn't much room for Sam Fisher or anyone from the Ghost Recon team to join in. However, it's certainly possible that Fisher could also appear in Rainbow Six: Siege or a future Rainbow Six title down the line, but we'll just have to wait and see what happens.