A recent teaser trailer for Ghost Recon Wildlands hinted at a major crossover event with another one of Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy properties: Splinter Cell.
That’s right: Sam Fisher is back, and it sounds like Michael Ironside will once again be voicing the sneaky special operative.
The teaser features what sounds like Anna Grímsdóttir, aka Grim, notifying Fisher that he will be heading to Bolivia to hunt down someone who is leaking information from the CIA to the bad guys, before revealing Fisher’s silhouette and his iconic three-eyed night vision goggles.
“I’ve got friends in that neighborhood,” Fisher says. “Call the Ghosts.”
It’s unclear whether Fisher’s appearance will act as a limited-time event in Ghost Recon Wildlands à la Predator, or if there is a more permanent Splinter Cell-themed DLC like Narco Road and Fallen Ghosts in the works. We’ll find out more on April 9th, when Ubisoft seemingly plans to fully reveal the Splinter Cell crossover.
Ghost Recon Wildlands recently announced that a second year of content is on the way, with the first update arriving on April 10th. Special Operation 1 will include a “special themed mission,” which could tie into the Splinter Cell crossover. Plus, the teaser is called a “special operation teaser.” Still, that would be a pretty fast turnaround from announcement to Sam Fisher actually appearing in Wildlands, but it could be that this event is teasing bigger things for Splinter Cell—namely, a brand-new Splinter Cell sequel, which has possibly been in the works for some time now.
Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot stated back in June 2017 that the developer was looking into making a new Splinter Cell game, though nothing specific was in the works at the time. More recently, however, a Reddit user spotted a placeholder listing for Splinter Cell 2018 on Amazon Canada, which hints that a new Splinter Cell game may be announced at E3 2018.
This Splinter Cell–Ghost Recon crossover seems like the perfect way for Ubisoft to reignite hype for a beloved franchise that’s been on the bench for a while now. Plus, it seems unlikely that Michael Ironside would return as Sam Fisher if something bigger wasn’t in the works.
Ghost Recon Wildlands is available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.