Ubisoft seems to be busy with Assassin's Creed Infinity, as well as Assassin's Creed Nexus, a VR game, as well as Skull and Bones and the city-building game The Settlers.
Recently, things at Splinter Cell have sounded promising, with Ubisoft revealing a few projects from the franchise, including a VR remake. Unfortunately, recent developments at Ubisoft may undermine these beliefs, and Splinter Cell may be impacted once more.
Ubisoft's Recent Developments
Ubisoft has managed dozens of franchises, although not all of them have managed to survive. Unfortunately, the company appears to be entering a new era in which to decide which of its currently active franchises will make a comeback. As part of this, the company will also be directing its resources towards projects that have a higher priority.
Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, a game that was supposed to be released alongside Avatar: The Way of Water, has also been postponed, according to sources, and the title may be Assassin's Creed Rift, a stealth game based on Assassin's Creed Valhalla.
Although the release schedule for Ubisoft may be thin, it does have some titles planned, including Assassin's Creed Infinity, a new Mario + Rabbids game, and Skull and Bones. However, the decision to reduce expenses does cast a pall over several of the company's franchises. One of them is Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell, which was just beginning to resurrender.
Splinter Cell's Murky Future
In the early 2002 Splinter Cell series, Tom Clancy's game was popular, but there has been no new mainline entry since 2013's Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist. Things seemed to be taking a turn in 2017 when Guillemot began revealing that it was working on a remake of the first Splinter Cell game. This comes alongside plans to bring the Splinter Cell series to VR exclusively for the Oculus VR.
Sadly, during the aforementioned investor call, Splinter Cell VR and Ghost Recon Frontline were revealed to be no longer available. This does not bode well for Splinter Cell, and suggests that it is a low-priority franchise for Ubisoft, which isn't entirely surprising given its long history.
When Ubisoft directs its talented developers in the right direction, it may be possible to help projects like Avatar and Assassin's Creed Infinity. However, it may spell doom for Splinter Cell, which was just given a second chance at life.