Ubisoft has a large stable of successful games. The problem is they tend to play favorites. From that large stable, they’re only playing their “starters” and some fans are looking for the bench to get some shine. One series is Splinter Cell. Sam Fisher gets treated like OKC Thunder James Harden. We all see the potential, but they keep him coming off the bench with limited minutes.
We now have a reason why. According to our informant, the reason Ubisoft hasn’t dropped a new Splinter Cell is because of “fan pressure” and focus being placed on more successful games. Basically, stealth fans have high expectations and that’s a lot for the devs to take on considering stealth games sell poorly. Speaking with IGN Ubisoft’s Guillemot said
“When you create a game, you have to make sure you come with something that will be different enough from what you did before. The last time we did a Splinter Cell, we had lots of pressure from all the fans actually, 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. Now there are some people that are looking at the brand, taking care of the brand. So, at one point you will see something, but I can’t say more than that. Because also 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.”
So maybe one day we’ll see the return of Sam Fisher, but right now it’s just not the priority. Sucks to hear this news because I don’t care how popular Far Cry is; nobody was asking for Far Cry: New Dawn. I’d bet money on that! Take some risks Ubisoft!