Is Michael Ironside Returning To The Splinter Cell Series In A New Game? - Report

Is Michael Ironside Returning To The Splinter Cell Series In A New Game? - Report

Dom Peppiatt

NeoGAF user Crossing Eden has created a thread on the games community detailing a possible new Splinter Cell project featuring Michael Ironside who'll return as iconic character Sam Fisher.

The user has proven before that they have reliable contacts at Ubisoft (thanks to leaks regarding Watch Dogs 2 and Assassin's Creed Syndicate), and detailed the following on NeoGAF:

"Regarding other games, I haven't been involved with Steep or Wildlands, but I was surprised Splinter Cell didn't appear at E3. I know Ironside is back. He was in the studio, I said Hi to him and his daughter. He was shooting a movie with Amy Jo Johnson, and I know someone who worked on that set and Ironside confirmed to him he was doing the new Splinter Cell. I know Toronto has the mocap studio for it. I'm hoping to hear or see something unofficial, if not official, this year, but its been hard to get anything beyond 'It's Happening'."

In an update to the post, Crossing Eden continues:
"To throw a date on this: I did see Ironside and one his daughters at the [Toronto] studio last summer. This was just good timing, as I was there on other business. I have two sources who worked on the set of The Space Between, which was shooting in TO. Ironside mentioned he was working on a new Splinter Cell. One source is someone I trust, the other is an acquaintance by degrees.

"The movie shoot overlapped the same week as my encounter. As I understand it, he was here for the movie first and worked in the studio visit while in town. None of us is bound by NDA over this, given our connections and circumstances, but it still feels shady to talk about since it's not official. I was surprised I hadn't seen this news from someone else by now, to be honest. I know Ubisoft [Toronto] has a wonderful new mocap studio.

While I did express disappointment it wasn't shown at E3, this thing could be early along. I haven't seen actual in-game assets or production assets for myself (like the Syndicate extra timeline story). I don't know who is making it. I know other dev studios have used the mocap studio.

"Remember Ubisoft studios collaborate often. The [Toronto] studio contributed content to Watch_Dogs 2, and For Honor also takes up a chunk there. I'd like to say this was another [Toronto] take on the franchise, but I will not until I know more."
Ironside was replaced by Eric Johnson for Ubisoft's 2013 game Splinter Cell: Blacklist, so if this rumour is true, it'd be the first time Ironside has returned to the franchise since Conviction in 2010.
There's a Splinter Cell film in the works currently, so it would make sense for Ubisoft to ride the momentum of the franchise with a new game.
We'll have more news on this story as it's debunked or confirmed.
  • I've wanted a new 'Splinter Cell' for years, particularly with Ironside returning, so I hope this happens.
  • Yay I love some Splinter Cell but without Ironside it just didn't feel right
  • I love me some Michael Ironside, but I was fine with him not being in Blacklist. At the end of the day, I just want another solid Splinter Cell game. But if they get him back, that's cool with me.
  • I just want another SC game! Loved Blacklist and all the others. Conviction personally for me was my favorite.
  • Blacklist was awesome
  • I really would love a new Splinter Cell, and Michael Ironside as the iconic voice of Sam Fisher. But i never understood why Blacklist never been released for PS4 or Xbox One, even tho when they showed us gameplay at the E3 they said it would come out for the next gen aswell. Kinda sad really. So a proper new next gen game of SC that really uses the power of the next gen would be really awesome!
  • Been waiting for a current gen SC for ages!
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