Metal Gear Survive is no longer the only reminder that good Metal Gear games are dead and gone forever.
Another memento comes courtesy of Sam Fisher himself, who makes a non-playable appearance in Ghost Recon Wildlands‘ special Splinter Cell–themed mission, during which he makes mention of stealth gaming’s original hero, Solid Snake.
There are minor spoilers for the Wildlands mission ahead.
At one point during the mission, Fisher recalls another similar operative who specialized in “army infiltration” and “wore a bandanna or something.” Clearly, he’s talking about Solid Snake. After being told that operative had retired, Fisher looks beside himself upon realizing that he’s the oldest stealth operative of his kind that’s still in the game.
— Nibel (@Nibellion) April 11, 2018
This isn’t the first time that the two stealth-action series—Splinter Cell and Metal Gear Solid—have recognized each other. In a codec conversation between Solid Snake and Roy Campbell in the “Snake vs. Monkey” minigame from Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, Snake wonders why “Sam or Gabe” couldn’t do this mission, obvious nods to the Syphon Filter and Splinter Cell series. That’s followed by Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory getting in a fun little dig against one of Metal Gear Solid’s more hilarious ways of procuring items…
Fisher’s reference to Solid Snake is in the Wildlands mission does seem to hint that we’ll be seeing the night-vision triclops again, hopefully in a sequel to Splinter Cell: Blacklist. Add this to the ending of the Wildlands Splinter Cell mission, and it seems pretty likely that Ubisoft is hinting at another Splinter Cell game in the works.
It’s been almost five years since the last Splinter Cell, and now that Metal Gear Solid is essentially dead (at least, the Metal Gear Solid we know and love), the return of Sam Fisher might be the only thing that can fill the cardboard box-shaped hole in our hearts.
Ghost Recon Wildlands is available now on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.