According to Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot, the company wants to go big with the next Splinter Cell and will only reveal it at the right moment. Guillemot said that the devs are under a lot of pressure from all the Splinter Cell fans.
Splinter Cell is one of the most popular franchises in Ubisoft's AAA catalogue but unfortunately, it's put on hold at the moment, as other franchises such as Assassin's Creed, The Division and Rainbow Six lead the way as the company's most successful games for several years now.
However, Ubisoft never said they don't have plans to expand the Splinter Cell franchise, quite the contrary, the company's bosses talked about it several times, saying that Splinter Cell is an important game for Ubisoft but it's currently in a tricky situation.
According to Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot, the developers are under a lot of pressure from Splinter Cell fans who were concerned with some of the changes that have been made in earlier games.
"When you create a [new entry in a series] you have to make sure you will come with something that will be different enough from what you did before. Last time we did a Splinter Cell, we had lots of pressure from all the fans saying, ‘Don’t change it, don’t do this, don’t do that.’ So, some of the teams were more anxious to work on the brand," Guillemot said.
Apparently, the teams would rather work on other, stressless titles like Assassin's Creed, which is attracting more and more developers.
"Also, because of Assassin’s Creed and all the other brands taking off, people wanted to work on those brands more. So, we have to follow what they like to do," Guillemot explained.
Fortunately, there will be something new for Splinter Cell fans in the future. Guillemot mentioned some new type of experiments on different devices. He also confirmed that Ubisoft are working hard on the franchise to come back at one point. However, they have nothing to share at the moment as they wait for the perfect opportunity for a big comeback.
One of these experiments could be the rumoured Splinter Cell VR game, supposedly coming to Rift and Quest devices as an exclusive.