Splinter Cell 6
What Ubisoft Toronto has been cooking up forÂ Splinter Cell 6 is a complete mystery. Besides revealing that work on the nextÂ Splinter Cell had been transferred to a new studio and put in the capable hands of Jade Raymond (former Executive Producer ofÂ Assassin’s Creed 1 & 2) nothing else has been revealed about the game.
It’s been rumored that the next entry in theÂ Splinter Cell series is titledÂ Splinter Cell Retribution, but this name has not been confirmed by Ubisoft. Apart from an image of an email addressed to Ubisoft PR Specialist Jacint Erdei,Â there is nothing else to suggest this name is even real.
With more than a year of development time to work on Splinter Cell 6, it’s not a far stretch that Ubisoft might be saving it for a surprise reveal during this year’s E3. After all the attention they’ve been giving Assassin’s Creed Revelations over the last month, this would be a big surprise.Â Gamers no doubt want to know if the game will be returning to its original style of gameplay or if it will retain the darker, grittier, and more fast paced action ofÂ Splinter Cell Conviction.
Known for its quirky, often surreal style, theÂ Timesplitters series is regarded as one of the most entertaining FPS series’ in gaming. Relying more on humor, parody and an abundance of monkeys than on an intense, realistic narrative, the series has carved out a distinct style for itself that gamers have been wanting more of for years. DeveloperÂ Crytek UK has been open to the idea of another title,Â Timesplitters 4 may be primed for announcement at E3.
Marking the series’ first foray into the next generation of games,Â Timesplitters 4 would be able to capitalize on the current hardware in order to expand on everything that made the earlier games so memorable. The series has always focused on familiar, arcade gameplay and this installment should be no different. With the increased memory of current consoles, this would mean even larger, more diverse worlds to explore, more imaginative characters to interact with and play as, and in keeping with what the series is best known for, an even more frantic multiplayer experience.
We know Crytek will be announcing something, so is there anything more likely than another TimeSplitters game? We hope not.
Those are the games that we would love to see move from hushed whispers to concrete properties approaching release, but with more games in production than we can possibly imagine, we could be off the mark. Let us know if you think there are any secret projects or rumors that we overlooked, and we’ll bring you news on all of them and more from E3 2011.