New Splinter Cell and Prince of Persia are Matter of Money - 'We're Fighting for Resources'

Written by Stuart Thomas on Thu, Oct 4, 2018 2:48 PM
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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.

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11:26 Oct-05-2018

How does this work ? Is it more , that they have the money , but are looking for ways to justify using it for these franchises, or do they literally have to get money from somewhere ?

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17:47 Oct-05-2018

I would say that it's the former, and not just money but also manpower and other company resources. They have to justify moving resources from one game to another, and right now they are juggling some very profitable IPs atm. Of course the people they have justify those moves to are their stockholders, and all they care about is money.

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17:48 Oct-04-2018

And people ask me why I hate the currency/money system...

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18:08 Oct-04-2018

It rules about 99% of the world.

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18:16 Oct-04-2018

We could always go back to the barter system. I'm all for it.

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18:21 Oct-04-2018

I'd be for it.

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18:56 Oct-04-2018

productivity system or just anarchy both work, but people don't...

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21:44 Oct-04-2018

If they worked they'd be implemented into our society. They aren't though.
Like it or not, currency based system is by far the best one we have come up with so far.

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09:06 Oct-05-2018

That famous, but stupid argument... The people in power will never allow it as that would take away their power, so it's lockdown since people listen to the people in power and the people in power would never let go of their power......


The currency system is trash, many economists have wanted a productivity-based, command-based or mixed economy for decades... -_-
But do you know who these systems aren't good for? Big multi-billion dollar companies, politicians and many other... especially in a productivity-based economy, where they'd be deemed anti-productive...

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09:07 Oct-05-2018

The "it's the best we have and if there was better we'd be using it" is dumb, if it applied to everything no progress would be made in any sphere...

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09:39 Oct-05-2018

It is simply too ingrained into our society to be changed.
Changing the system is not as easy as you think it would be. It's not a flick of a switch. And don't you worry about those multi-billion dollar companies, if it ever came to something like this they'd find a way to profit off of it.
We constantly make new grounds and make the best even better, so your second point is just untrue.

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10:44 Oct-05-2018

How will they profit if we are in a productivity-based system with totally different values??? Do you realize that people value gold(absolutely useless until 30 years ago, now useful in small quantities so not supply limited at all) and diamonds(shiny rocks that are not rare at all) more than they value food, shelter and such?


And yes I realize people hate change, I hate change too, but damn it, I do a ton of things I hate, so I will do just one more big one no problem, same with other people they do things they hate as well...

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10:44 Oct-05-2018

How will these companies profit when there is no currency btw? The type of CEOs and all other types of bosses that barely do anything would be considered useless in a productivity-based economy and the workers and actually, produce goods would be top-dogs... And productivity would be measured on a single person basis, so they can't clump up people like now and get anything from them...

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12:41 Oct-05-2018

But do you realize that changes you propose are quite literally impossible to do today. It's not a matter of people hating changes nor doing what they don't like, it's quite literally impossible at the current time. It requires a complete redesign of world wide economics system, something that'd take decades for at the very least for first world countries, and quite incalculable for the rest.

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12:41 Oct-05-2018

If companies don't exist, then private sector would most probably not exist either meaning that all jobs would be provided by the governments of the world. And how do you expect to balance that point system? On which basis are those points scored and given to people and why is that any different from today? Who says how many points certain person earns?
How would your system even work first?

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17:53 Oct-05-2018

Productivity. How do you measure the productivity of a surgeon vs. the productivity of a carpenter? And how do you reward their productivity but with some kind of currency for them to exchange for products and goods? I don't know what drug you're on Psychoman, but I want some.

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21:36 Oct-05-2018

The word economic used to mean to make/produce something with the least amount of resources for the greatest benefit. That is so far removed from reality that the word is a joke.

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06:20 Oct-07-2018

People would work only productive jobs and as long as they met their productivity, they could have everything as we literary produce more of everything than there are people on the planet... in our current economy people are rewarded based on supply and demand and less so for skill and knowledge and even less so for productivity...


We don't value food, just because there is tons of food we throw out every day, with a month's worth of thrown away food in the US and europe Africa can eat for a year.


Also jobs with no production would stop existing, waitresses, secretaries and so on.

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10:23 Oct-07-2018

To be entirely honest with you, this is one of the stupidest things I've ever heard someone say. Getting rid of every job that doesn't produce stuff would lead to quick and unglamorous collapse of humanity.
You never answered how does one reach his productivity, nor who sets the bar, nor how its measured, nothing. Its an abysmal system to say the least.

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16:31 Oct-07-2018

I have to agree with ya there, mate.

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18:23 Oct-04-2018

We can settle it with a round of gwent.

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19:00 Oct-04-2018

Good one.
XD

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17:09 Oct-04-2018

I would LOVE a new prince of persia! Hope they find those funds real soon

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16:35 Oct-04-2018

I'd love to see another game in either of the franchise, but as far as Ubisoft is concerned, they don't make games anymore, only make Live Services. And if that's what those games could become then I'd rather they leave them be.

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16:28 Oct-04-2018

Shadow Warrior 2 is free on GOG for the next 48 hours. Enjoy.

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16:04 Oct-04-2018

And what do you think these will be when they release? They wont be legends like the old ones!!
New Pop= ac reskin. Huge rinse repeat world that gets boring after 15hrs, but cuz you bought it, the other 100 you play with pain alttabbing every second :D (origins PTSD)


New Sc= wildlands+watchdogs with sam fisher.

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16:00 Oct-04-2018

Denuvo meanwhile: "We have nearly unlimited resources! we are the gods of the new world" xD

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15:34 Oct-04-2018

soo Ubisoft, the company releasing a game recently (AC: Odesy) with countless package variants & additional content, found in cereal boxes & pizza rolls, is concerned about having enough money for new projects??

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15:18 Oct-04-2018

Splinter cell Battle Royale it is so....NOT

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15:12 Oct-04-2018

Developers and publishers always play safe. Prince of Persia is one of my most beloved franchises and I think they should let Assassin's Creed rest a little and release a new Prince of Persia in the meantime.

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15:56 Oct-04-2018

I agree with you if they put in nearly as much effort into a new Prince of Persia game as they do with
Assassin's Creed, it will be a kickass new PoP game.

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15:02 Oct-04-2018

Stockholders, "Can these titles easily be over-monetized with season passes, MTXs, and loot boxes?" Guy in charge, "Well, maybe, but not really. They're single player story driven games..." Stockholders, "Well, then more Division it is, b*tch." lol

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15:12 Oct-04-2018

heh, you're probably not wrong there. If or when Splinter Cell does come back, it's definitely going to be a very different beast to how we remember it.

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15:39 Oct-04-2018

God I hope your wrong.

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16:51 Oct-04-2018

As much as I love to give Ubisoft crap, I have to admit that I still love most of their IPs. I really do wish that they'd give Splinter Cell and Prince of Persia even half the love they give to Far Cry, Watch Dogs, and Assassin's Creed.

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