It feels like the Splinter Cell franchise has been on the verge of revealing a new game for years now, though nothing concrete has come despite all of the rumors. GameStop, however, may just have dropped a huge hint alluding to an unannounced 10th title in the Splinter Cell series.
Ubisoft has been pretty cagey about the return of Sam Fisher, never outright confirming anything while still teasing a comeback for Splinter Cell as recently as last month. Previously, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot even explained that the company is "working a lot on the brand today to come back at one point," so this latest hint isn't completely surprising--just extremely vague.
News of a possible new Splinter Cell is coming in the form of a new product currently available for preorder with GameStop. The online store is selling a "Splinter Cell Goggles Replica," and the product's description contains an interesting tidbit for fans to puzzle over. It reads: "For the first time since the introduction of Splinter Cell in 2002, after nine top-selling AAA+ titles, and with the 10th release on the horizon, this is your first chance to own Sam Fisher's signature Ultra High-Frequency Sonar Goggles."
It's just one sentence, but there's a lot to speculate; it certainly seems like a few folks at GameStop know something gamers don't. First up, the biggest hint: apparently, there's a 10th Splinter Cell game "on the horizon," which suggests that fans of the franchise may be getting an official announcement sometime in the very near future. It wouldn't really make sense for GameStop to know about an upcoming Splinter Cell title unless that title was most definitely in development and rapidly approaching its reveal to the rest of the world. GameStop's description also includes the term "AAA+ titles," so the classic stealth series could be on the way to modern consoles in its full AAA glory.
Of course, all this is still speculation; Ubisoft isn't confirming anything at the moment. Conflicting reports have both hinted at a new game and denied Ubisoft making a new Splinter Cell, so it's hard to take any single source (other than an official Ubisoft announcement) as confirmation for anything. Hopefully this GameStop listing has something big behind it, but only time will tell, so stay tuned for any more Splinter Cell news that might be "on the horizon"!
In the meantime, there are nine whole Splinter Cell games to revisit if one is feeling nostalgic--especially since all of them were recently added to the list of Xbox One backward compatible games.