Ex-Ubisoft employee Jade Raymond confirms that she planned a new Splinter Cell game before she left the company in 2014. Raymond confesses that she had an idea for how to continue the story, but despite rumors that a new Sam Fisher game was coming this year, Ubisoft's long-running franchise is still up the air.
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell first hit shelves in 2002 and had Michael Ironside famously take on the role of Sam Fisher in the stealth-action franchise. Since then, there have been six more Splinter Cell games, rounding off with Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist in 2013. Despite a surprise crossover for Fisher since, hopes of a new Splinter Cell have never amounted to anything.
Speaking to Gamereactor, Raymond confirmed Ubisoft was working on another Splinter Cell after Blacklist:
"The last Splinter Cell [Blacklist] is the last one that shipped, so… you know what? There is a design that we actually had and worked on and would have wanted to make, but since I am not at Ubisoft any more I can’t talk about it, and I don’t know who wants to share that concept."
Known as the co-creator of the Assassin's Creed series, Raymond also served as an executive producer on the likes of Assassin's Creed II and Watch Dogs. It's interesting that while Redmond can't go into detail about what she had planned to continue the legacy, she hints that the studio could still be working on some sort of Splinter Cell revival.
Alongside Assassin's Creed, Splinter Cell is considered one of Ubisoft's flagship franchise. Assassin's Creed is more popular than ever thanks to later installments like Assassin's Creed: Origins and Assassin's Creed Odyssey. Controversially, Splinter Cell: Blacklist represented a shift in tone for the series and made the divisive decision to replace Ironside with Eric Johnson as the voice of Fisher. Gamers will also remember that Ironside reprised his role as Fisher for 2018's Ghost Recon: Wildlands DLC, teasing that he could return to the Splinter Cell franchise full-time in the future.
A new Splinter Cell title was leaked by Walmart Canada alongside games like Rage 2 and Gears of War 5, and considering the leak has largely been confirmed legitimate, fans are still left wondering when/if a new Splinter Cell is coming. Despite Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot telling fans how much he loves the franchise, there's yet to be any movement on a revival, reboot, remake, or anything related to Splinter Cell. It's currently unclear what Ubisoft is up to when it comes to Splinter Cell, but 2019 could be a big year for Fisher and the team.