Even though its official launch isn't until tomorrow, 05 October 2018, an Easter egg from Assassin's Creed: Odyssey that's been making the rounds suggests that Ubisoft are either reminiscing or foreshadowing the return of Splinter Cell.
Apparently, an in-game flash to modern times has Assassin's Creed: Odyssey's protagonist find Sam Fisher's goggles and recognises them. She actually wonders whether it's the Third Echelon, Tom Clancy's fictional sub-division of NSA and the centerpiece of Splinter Cell.
It has long been rumoured that the Assasin's Creed franchise shares the same universe with another Ubisoft IP. Most thought it would be Watch Dogs though, mostly on the grounds of sinister connotations that both franchises have in abundance.
As you'd expect, fans have raised their heads in anticipation, since Ubisoft aren't the one to reminisce for sake of reminiscing - they're up to something. That's not all though as the company seems to have said more when they weren't talking, which is soon to make more sense.
The company's chief creative officer Serge Hascoet recently touched upon the subject as well, but only briefly, commenting simply that he loves Splinter Cell. He couldn't say more at this moment, which either means there's something brewing or that Ubi are measuring public interest in another Splinter Cell offering.
As for Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, initial reviews seem to be pretty good, with the departure from the franchise's classic formula quite evident. Fans who wish to stick to the more traditional form can choose to do so although the franchise has officially taken the step into RPG.
As expected, Odyssey's combat is now a matter of skill, which in itself makes the game a more memorable experience in the long run. Ubisoft have promised a ton more DLC content after launch as well, so we're likely to see these reviews updated on a constant basis.
Hascoet also mentioned how Assassin's Creed: Odyssey has actually been pretty much finished last year, proving that the last 5 per cent of quality takes the longest to achieve.