Over the last several years, numerous rumors, fueled by teases and oblique statements, about a new entry in the Splinter Cell franchise have been circulating. While these Splinter Cell rumors have kept fans thinking about the series, a recent tweet seemingly offered confirmation that a new Splinter Cell is indeed in the works. However, this tweet was promptly followed by a statement from Ubisoft, which looks to backtrack completely on the confirmation.
The tweet in question came from The Division 2 Creative Director Julian Gerighty, and it was quite straightforward in its indication. Specifically, Gerighty's tweet stated that he is working with Dan Hay, executive producer at Ubisoft Montreal, and Roman Campos Oriola, creative director at Ubisoft Montreal, on the next Splinter Cell title. Additionally, the tweet seemingly suggested that this new Splinter Cell could be shown at E3 2019.
Furthermore, Gerighty's post was accompanied by a number of images, one of which appeared to depict the personnel in question enjoying some glasses of wine. The suggestion here seemed to be that this casual Splinter Cell announcement was not officially authorized, but a statement from Ubisoft has complicated matters further, as it indicates that the whole thing was simply a joke being made by Gerighty.
In Ubisoft's response, the company states that "Julian was obviously joking as Julian likes to do. It looks like our creative directors are having fun right now." Ubisoft followed that up with: "We do not have any announcements to make at this time."
Working on the next #SplinterCell with @danhaynow and @romcamor in #Lyon.— Julian Gerighty (@jgerighty) May 14, 2019
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
While Ubisoft's response could simply be an attempt to do damage control on an unauthorized Splinter Cell announcement, it is likely best to take the statement at face value. Certainly, Gerighty could just delete his tweet if it was actually in conflict with Ubisoft's wishes, and that has not been done at this point.
That said, the tweet's indication that a new Splinter Cell could be shown during E3 2019 means that fans will know soon enough what the truth of the matter is here. Hopefully, for those that are clamoring for more Splinter Cell, the contents of Gerighty's tweet will ultimately prevail.