A new game in the Splinter Cell franchise is in the "early phase of production," with a "small chance" it will be announced in 2022, according to a new report published Tuesday by VGC.
This new game will be the first mainline entry for the franchise in eight years, eschewing the recent trend of spinning it off into mobile and virtual reality iterations. It's unclear where the game is being developed, but VGC's reporting indicates it will likely be somewhere other than historical Splinter Cell home Ubisoft Montreal.
Ubisoft declined to comment on VGC's report.
The last mainline Splinter Cell game was 2013's Splinter Cell: Blacklist. The gap between that game and this unannounced project is already the longest period without a new release in the series since it kicked off in 2002.
In a 2019 interview with IGN, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said working on the series was anxiety inducing for developers, as fans were very protective of it.
"When you create a game, you have to make sure you will come with something that will be different enough from what you did before," he said.
"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 things and some people that are now looking at the brand, taking care of the brand," he continued, "so at one point you will see something, but I can't say more than that."