Splinter Cell next game will reportedly be open world, comparisons to Assassins Creed

Written by Neil Soutter on Wed, Dec 8, 2021 3:29 PM
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A couple months ago, it was reported that Ubisoft had finally greenlit a Splinter Cell series revival. The project was apparently in very early production, and so was never officially confirmed nor were there any details. But now a new rumor suggests that it could be going open world, with comparisons to Assassins Creed.

Reliable leaker Tom Henderson (who accurately leaked plenty of details for Battlefield 2042 before launch) claims that the next Splinter Cell game will be open world, “similar to how Halo Infinite has done its Open World.” Additionally, comparisons have apparently been made to other Ubisoft titles, like “a more stealthy version of Assassin's Creed,” whatever that might mean...

Obviously, take this information with a grain of salt, but Henderson has proven to be a very reliable leaker recently. Plus, considering how much anticipation will be around a new Splinter Cell game, we wanted to know your thoughts on what the next entry should or shouldn’t look like, including whether an open world setting would work.

The last official Splinter Cell game we got was in 2013 with Splinter Cell: Blacklist. Considering the new game is reportedly very early in development, it’s unlikely we’ll hear anything official until 2022 at the earliest. It’s also possible for design decisions to change during development, so who knows what the final product will end up looking like.

What do you think? Are you excited for a new Splinter Cell game? How would you feel about it being open world? And how do you feel about it potentially being a more stealthy Assassins Creed? Let us know!

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12:56 Dec-11-2021

C'mon Ubisoft, say it with me: "We suck at making open-world games" AND "not every franchise has to be an open-world game". Although it's their damn MO these days, they have still made very, very few good open-world games, killing every franchise along the way.

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22:43 Dec-12-2021

immortals fenyx rising is the only open world game from ubisoft I can think of in the last 3 years that was actually not only good, but excellent.

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18:22 Dec-10-2021

way to ruin my fav ubisoft game... but at this point im not even surprised seeing how they destroyed every single good game they made in the past

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15:34 Dec-09-2021

hope they do a good game

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14:20 Dec-09-2021

Only if they make it like MGS 5 but I highly doubt that they are capable of it with their open-world games.

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12:52 Dec-11-2021

The open world aspect of MGS5 ruined it. The best part of that game was the prologue. That as a stealth section was well crafted with lots of intricate details and paths to take, and it was a contained experience.


The hospital section of the game was AMAZING. Truly MGS action at its finest. When you opened up to the open world, it went down so many levels. The areas you could sneak around were lazy and uninspired in comparison to the prologue.


The stealth genre needs a curated environment for the player to traverse for it to feel great. As soon as you open up the world the quality of each stealth section goes dramatically downhill.

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22:11 Dec-14-2021

I agree with you the opening section was amazing but I can't think of any other open-world game that has provided a better stealth experience than mgs 5 despite it being worse than its own opening section.

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13:56 Dec-09-2021

Ubisoft can't help themselves tripping over and falling into the pile of sh!t that is their brand of open-world.

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19:16 Dec-09-2021

agreed, im not against open world games, but ubisoft has this obsession with cookie cutter open world games which relies heavily on grind. I bet this new open world going to be like combination of watch dogs legion and ghost recon breakpoint

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12:38 Dec-10-2021

And then in the near future they will use this open world to cinvert a single player game into a live-service while still calling it single-player just like they are doing with AC Valhalla.


They are on the verge on announcing Year 2 Season Pass which will contain Dawn of Rgnarok and this will be paid content for everyone. So the people who bought the Season Pass and Ultimate Editions get screwed over again. A season pass should contain all content across all seasons whether you give it in one year or two or ten,. Ubisoft is worse than EA.

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15:22 Dec-10-2021

yeah, for me i really dont care about all that crap like season pass or other dlc's, unless game is at extreme discount lets say 6€ for base game and 8€ for fully kitted out version then yeah i will get the latter. The only game that i actually bought all dlc's as soon as they came out was probably on kingdom come deliverance, which was like very very good game made by AA studio. I have bought ac valhala base version and i have no plans on getting more expansions, there are way too many games to play so when i finish it i will just get to another one. :)

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10:48 Dec-09-2021

it seems ubisoft is incapable of not making gigantic bloated empty games

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11:39 Dec-09-2021

Imortals Fenix Rising was great though.

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15:24 Dec-10-2021

yeah i have been eyeing that for a while, its just my backlog is massive so it will take a while when i get it and play it

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10:34 Dec-09-2021

I believe the saying "here we go again" is appropriate.

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04:16 Dec-09-2021

Well, I just hope Ubisoft isn't gonna "Ghost Recon" another great franchise of their own..

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10:31 Dec-09-2021

One can only hope

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18:26 Dec-10-2021

its ubisoft we're talking about so im not that hopeful xD

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01:05 Dec-09-2021

Sounds like it's going to be an offline The Division with added stealth rather than a stealthier AC clone.

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23:52 Dec-08-2021

So Ubisoft will basically just run it thorough their open world script with extra parameters of stealth and apply Splinter Cell theme. Something tells me they are mainstreaming-fying Splinter Cell and that they will likely ignore core audience and their expectations. Not every game needs to be open world and while big maps that would allow multitude of approaches could do nicely. Generally I wasn't much into Splinter Cell or stealth games, but if you are and were hoping more of good stuff will come, I would be worried.

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22:39 Dec-08-2021

and to think that back in the days when i was a kid i was always daydreaming about games i played around that time like how cool would it be if this was openworld.. but now days it seems like everyway i turn i see open world

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23:10 Dec-08-2021

The format of open world is not a problem, the problem is that almost everyone adopted the Rockstar open world model. An empty world, with some very short, boring, meaningless side acitivities and you spend 80% of the time going from point A to point B, tunnel-visioning your way through, ignoring the rest of the world because all you are looking at is a minimap, compass, arrow pointing you where you need to go for 5-20 minutes of actual gameplay, then you travel again.

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10:32 Dec-09-2021

Well said

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13:03 Dec-09-2021

100% bang-on. An arrow moves you around an empty world with a giant checklist of meaningless fluff.

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14:15 Dec-09-2021

@Gankutsuou


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That's why I'd rather have the linear games where beautifully made tight corridors connect arenas of activity. Saves time, it's focused and concentraded, it looks great and it is much more enjoyable.

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16:17 Dec-08-2021

Everything after Chaos Theory was just a failure, Ubisoft please just let this franchise die already.

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22:27 Dec-08-2021

Or just sell the IP to someone who'll make great games out of it.

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22:36 Dec-08-2021

Why would they sell it? It's like asking Sony to give up Spider-Man.

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02:20 Dec-09-2021

Blacklist was insanely fun

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16:05 Dec-08-2021

Oh for crying out loud... another empty sandbox where 80-90% of the time you spend going from point A to point B, tunnel-visioning the entire world because you are looking at the point on the minimap, compass, arrow that is leading you to where you need to go... why? Just why?

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20:29 Dec-08-2021

Exactly. And then Ubish*t will call it long game with bunch of content, cause it takes 50 hours just to travel from point A to point B throughout empty boring shell of a map. Don't forget "time savers" in their shop too. Super duper ultra mega (LGTVHD+ movement friendly) edition'll cost only 139,99 euros.


I'm not gonna go ahead and say this'll be bad game, but knowing Ubish*t and what retarded boring products they've been releasing past couple years, Imma say this will be a bad game. Terrible game even.

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22:38 Dec-08-2021

They removed Driver SF, how could they?! It's one of their best games.

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