Ubisoft has teased the return of the Splinter Cell series, suggesting that the company is looking for the "right moment to make a comeback." This isn't the first time that the company has spoken about the return of Splinter Cell as the company's chief creative officer said that the bringing the series back is a "question of means" when asked about it in September.
Speaking to Chinese language publication Gamersky, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot explained that the company is developing a "new type of experiences, but more on different devices" to what fans may be expecting. Guillemot also said that the company is "working a lot on the brand today to come back at one point" and although he can't say when Splinter Cell will be making a return because these things take time, Ubisoft is looking for the right time for a "big" comeback for the series.
Splinter Cell fans may be disappointed hearing what Guillemot had to say. There have been rumors for several months about a new Splinter Cell game and things did look promising when a Splinter Cell voice actor teased a new title. Industry analysts also predicted that a new Splinter Cell game would be released in 2019. Analysts often get it wrong but, as it has been nearly six years since the last Splinter Cell game, few doubted their prediction.
However, as Guillemot hinted, there will be some new Splinter Cell content coming soon. In June, Xbox added several Splinter Cell games to backward compatibility and there are also rumors that a Splinter Cell VR game is in development. This may have been what Guillemot meant when he said that the series would be coming to "different devices."
Fans can also use Sam Fisher's stealth skills in the Tom Clancy's Elite Squad mobile game that Ubisoft announced at E3 2019. The game isn't a Splinter Cell adventure as it stars many other heroes and villains from Ubisoft franchises, but it at least offers a small connection to the series.
This isn't what fans would have liked to hear but as Ubisoft doesn't seem to be developing a large Splinter Cell game now, these other, small titles could offer fans some entertainment while they wait for the next main series entry. The support for those games could also give Ubisoft a reason to start work on a main entry so hopefully, the next time Guillemot is asked about Splinter Cell, he'll have some big news to share.