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Ubisoft, Please Stop Teasing And Give Us More Splinter Cell

The last Splinter Cell game was released in August 2013. It’s been nearly six years since we last got to play as grizzled spy Sam Fisher. Near Six years since we got to creep around the shadows and use those sweet goggles that make that cool noise. Going this long without a new game in the franchise would be easier if Ubisoft would stop constantly referencing Splinter Cell in all their other games.

I loved Blacklist. It felt like a perfect balance between the faster, more action-filled Splinter Cell games and the earlier stealth focused games. It became my most played game in the franchise, even if I missed original Sam Fisher actor Michael Ironside. I remember thinking shortly after it came out that I couldn’t wait for the next game. Over five years later, I’m still waiting.

It would be one thing if Ubisoft just stopped making Splinter Cell games and never referenced the series again, leaving the franchise to rot and be forgotten. That would still suck, but it would at least make it easier for my mind to move on. However, Ubisoft is doing the exact opposite of this. It seems nearly every game they release has some small reference or wink to Splinter Cell.

Some examples!

The suit players can find in New Dawn.
Screenshot: The Easter Egg Hunter (YouTube)

The most recent Splinter Cell tease pops up in Far Cry New Dawn. In that game, players can find a crashed military cargo plane which contains an entire treasure trove of Splinter Cell goodies and references. These include notes from characters in the franchise, the computer from Blacklist and even Sam’s famous suit, complete with tri-goggles. New Dawn players can even take the suit and wear it.

Ghost Recon Wildlands took the Splinter Cell references to a whole new level by actually having Sam Fisher show up in a special event and letting players work with him to complete a mission. Ubisoft even got original Fisher voice actor Michael Ironside back to voice the character, making this tease even more frustrating. Bringing back Ironside and then using him for one mission in Ghost Recon seems like a lot of work to just tease fans again.

During an interview on Inside Xbox with Major Nelson about the Splinter Cell/Ghost Recon event, Ironside even hinted at future Fisher adventures saying “Let’s see if the storylines allow an organic [way to bring], Sam, back.”. Still, a year later and it seems we aren’t any closer to a new Splinter Cell game with or without Ironside.

Beyond these bigger easter eggs and references, Ubisoft has continued to include smaller nods to the series in other games.

The most commonly found easter egg is a pair of the famous tri-goggles that Sam often wears in the games. These useful goggles appear in Assassin’s Creed Odyessy and The Division. Will a pair appear in The Division 2?

Other games like Watch Dogs, Watch Dogs 2 and Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag have included the cover of Splinter Cell games in their worlds. The weirdest reference to Splinter Cell is Ubisoft’s voice assistant who is named Sam, a nod to the franchise’s lead spy. Sadly, Ironside doesn’t voice the digital assistant.

After all these easter eggs and other references to Splinter Cell we still don’t have any confirmation of a new game in the franchise. I would at this point be happy with some remasters, at least of Blacklist.

Image: Ubisoft

Jade Raymond, a former producer at Ubisoft, confirmed in an interview with GameReactor that there was a new Splinter Cell game being designed at one point. “There is a design that we actually had and worked on that we would have wanted to make,” Raymond said. “But since I am not at Ubisoft anymore I can’t talk about it and I don’t know who wants to share that concept.”

E3 2019 isn’t that far away and as all these references seemingly prove, Ubisoft still seems to like the Splinter Cell franchise. Or at least they still know it exists. Is the year when we finally get a new Sam Fisher adventure?

Or maybe in five years, I’ll write a follow-up post to this one about how it has been 10 years of teasing.

Source: Kotaku.com

Far Cry New Dawn Is Filled With Splinter Cell, Rabbids & Other Ubisoft Easter Eggs

Screenshot: The Easter Egg Hunter (YouTube)

Far Cry New Dawn players are discovering that the wasteland of Hope County, Montana is littered with Easter Eggs to other Ubisoft games. Popular YouTube channel “The Easter Egg Hunter”put together a video showcasing some of the secrets players have already found in New Dawn.

Some of the secrets are small references to previous Far Cry games. For example, in an underground bunker you can find a small bobble head of Far Cry 3 villain Vaas.

Another YouTuber, Dan Allen, showcased that players can also find some Blood Dragon eggs in New Dawn. These eggs are from the Far Cry 5 mission where you help a director with his movie. You can even find a note from the director in New Dawn. This mission itself was a reference to the popular spin-off game, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon.

Outside of Hope County, players have spotted a Rabbid. These strange creatures have starred in multiple Ubisoft games, even appearing alongside Mario and other Nintendo characters in a game that was similar to XCOM, because video games are really weird.

Rabbid in New Dawn
Screenshot: The Easter Egg Hunter (YoutTube)

The most impressive Easter Egg is a reference to the Splinter Cell franchise. Players can find a crashed plane, which looks very similar to the Paladin featured in Splinter Cell Blacklist. Once players go inside, they can find more references to Blacklist, including a computer that looks like the ShadowNet featured in that game and notes from Splinter Cell characters discussing the end of the world.

The best part of this Splinter Cell secret is that players can actually find Sam Fisher’s stealth suit, complete with tri-goggles. Once unlocked, players can don the famous sneaking suit and explore Hope County dressed as the master spy.

Considering last year Ubisoft had Sam Fisher pop up in Ghost Recon Wildlands, maybe this is another hint that we will finally get a new Splinter Cell game.

About the author

Zack Zwiezen

Zack Zwiezen is a a writer living in Kansas City, Missouri. He has written for Gamecritics, USgamer, Killscreen and Entertainment Fuse.

Source: Kotaku.com