After revealing that Ghost Recon Wildlands was set to receive a second year of content, similar to other live service games like The Division and Rainbow Six Siege, Ubisoft shocked fans by revealing that the first content drop is actually a crossover event with Splinter Cell.
Better yet? Iconic character, Sam Fisher, is involved with a special PvE mission that players can participate in. Not only do players work with him but they can also unlock special Splinter Cell style gear like his tri-vision goggles. Other challenges and PvP oriented Ghost War additions are also included but the big news surrounds Sam Fisher finally making a return.
As a longtime Splinter Cell fan, I’m psyched.
What truly surprised me about this announcement, however, was hearing Michael Ironside back in the role of Sam Fisher. For many franchise veterans, Ironside is Fisher. Still, this reveal was generally surprising considering that Ironside wasn’t involved with the last game in the franchise, Splinter Cell Blacklist, having been replaced by Eric Johnson. No disrespect to Johnson who did a wonderful job in his own right in what I view as the best game in the series, but he’s nowhere where near iconic as Ironside.
With all the stories and rumors I heard after it was revealed that Johnson would be taking over the role, I figured Splinter Cell Conviction would be the last time Ironside we’d hear Ironside in that role. I won’t lie, part of me is relieved to hear him again.
Naturally, a reveal of this magnitude has caused plenty of speculation within the community over the possibility of the next Splinter Cell game being announced soon. I mean, it’s been quite a while since we’ve last seen the series with Blacklist launching all the way back in 2013. Since then, most of the other mainline Clancy titles have received new games, so it’s understandable as to why people are excited over the prospect of a Splinter Cell.
Ubisoft has yet to officially declare anything on the subject, though anonymous sources, retailer leaks (like Amazon posting a placeholder page), and other items have hinted that 2018 may finally be the year that fans finally get the game many have been patiently waiting for. Yves Guillemot, CEO of Ubisoft, has also previously stated that the company hasn’t forgotten about Splinter Cell and fans should stay tuned. Kinda of a nudge, nudge, wink, wink if you ask me.
So the fact that Sam Fisher has finally turned up, albeit in a smaller role than many were hoping for, is a great sign. Fingers crossed that Ubisoft is making plans to give Fisher the spotlight he deserves once more.