The addition of Splinter Cell’s Sam Fisher in Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands may not mean that hope is lost for a new Splinter Cell game. On the contrary, it may be the new game’s teaser.
Completing Wildlands‘ new Splinter Cell-themed Special Operation rewards players with a cut-scene in which Sam talks with the Ghosts’ handler, Karen Bowman. Bowman explains that Fisher’s handler, Anna “Grim” Grimsdottir, has sent word of a “possible empty quiver.” This apparently means a missing nuclear weapon in military jargon. Upon learning the news, Fisher leaves, seemingly with the intent to deal with it, which could be the perfect set-up for new Splinter Cell game.
Furthering the theory of a new Splinter Cell announcement is the fact that the actor doing Sam’s voice for the DLC is returning icon Michael Ironside. Not to say that Ubisoft wouldn’t want to do the best job it could on the new Wildlands content, but it seems unlikely that the publisher would rope in such prolific talent just for this quick one-off.
Ubisoft has yet to confirm anything about a new Splinter Cell game, but the evidence of its existence is starting to mount. Around last year’s E3, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot expressed that the publisher was planning to choose a proposal for the new game, which was followed by fans more recently spotting a placeholder retail listing for Splinter Cell 2018. This suggests that fans may see something on the new game as early as this year’s E3.
As for Ghost Recon Wildlands, the Splinter Cell Special Operation kicks off the shooter’s second year of content, bringing with it new missions, PvP characters, and more.