Ubisoft’s E3 2018 press conference was, by and large, fairly decent. However, there was a gaping Sam Fisher-shaped hole that was difficult to fill. Months of rumours had pointed towards a new Splinter Cell reveal, but it sadly wasn’t to be. We’d always just assumed Splinter Cell would be shown at E3 next year instead, although it now appears even that may have been a little over-optimistic.
Speaking to Game Informer, Ubisoft’s CCO, Serge Hascoet, touched on the topic of both Splinter Cell and Prince of Persia. Longtime fans, look away now.
“I love Splinter Cell. I love Prince of Persia,” said Hascoet. “I can't disclose any information at this time, but I can say we are fighting for resources. It's not a question of will, it's a question of means.”
Unfortunately, it sounds as if neither project is actually going ahead right now. There are fans of Splinter Cell and Prince of Persia within Ubisoft, but limited resources mean they’re being forced to justify why these two franchises should be given another chance.
Ubisoft is a huge publisher, but every publisher does have its limits. Making a new Splinter Cell and/or Prince of Persia would mean forgoing the development of other games, whether that’s a new Ghost Recon Wildlands, Far Cry, or Assassin’s Creed. Considering the huge amount of bank that Ubisoft’s big properties bring it, it’s a tough sell to convince the publishing giant to take a punt on Splinter Cell or Prince of Persia, both franchises which fail to light up the charts in a significant way.
That’s not to say we wouldn’t want it to happen though, and we think it’s about time both of these series made a comeback. It’s been five years since Splinter Cell: Blacklist, and even longer since PoP: The Forgotten Sands. With the way games and tech have advanced since then, Ubisoft could do some awesome things with the franchises.