New Splinter Cell forming at Ubisoft Toronto

Publisher handing reins of stealth-action franchise to its Jade Raymond-led Ontario outfit for as-yet-undetailed new installment.

After years of delays, Ubisoft's Montreal studio managed to get Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction into gamers' hands in April. Thus far, the stealth action shooter appears to be enjoying a measure of critical and commercial success, garnering solid reviews and topping NPD's (admittedly weak) sales chart for the month of April with 486,100 units sold on the Xbox 360 alone.

Sam Fisher has been spotted in Toronto.

With Ubisoft announcing plans earlier this month to release iterations in its hit franchises at more regular intervals, it comes as no surprise that the French publisher has already begun work on Sam Fisher's next espionage outing. Today, the publisher said that it has tasked its new Toronto studio as the lead developer on the next installment in the Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell franchise. Details on the project were not revealed, and Ubisoft offered no expected window for delivery.

Ubisoft established its Toronto studio in 2009, thanks in large part to a C$263 million ($246 million) grant by the Canadian government. The studio is managed by Jade Raymond, who gained prominence as the producer of the original Assassin's Creed in 2007.

Ubisoft Toronto currently boasts some 40 employees, though the publisher has committed to hire roughly 800 before the turn of the decade. While no other projects have been revealed, Ubisoft noted that the production house has a "roster of ambitious AAA titles" in the works. The publisher also emphasized that the studio is actively hiring.

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CamiKitten
CamiKitten

I just wish that Conviction would have come out for the PS3, I was incredibly sad it didn't. But now at least I've got something good to look forward to now. :)

GRIMxULQUIORRA
GRIMxULQUIORRA

with all the rumors floating around..i can only hope dat the next installment is as best .. the much anticipated spy versus mercs..with the new P.E.C in- game feature upgrades to your spy and merc will be the best thing since sliced bread

Athtsak
Athtsak

The potential to continue the series is strong, there is a lot of things happening in the background, even if they don't make an other installment, it would be really cool if Ubisoft produced more DLC content for this game. I would really be disappointed if it ended.

sgt_brent
sgt_brent

I wouldn't doubt that the writers created the story for Conviction and SC6 in one shot.. It kinda says they did, since there are unanswered questions in Conviction.. 'Meggido' anyone? Sam will be in SC6..

lil_ghost_312
lil_ghost_312

i love this game, been a huge fan since the first one, chaos theory was probably the best one out of the franchise(To My opinion) but it would be sad to see fisher in a last game, then after that, a new character we dont know, i would had said archer, but he's dead(spoiler alert). idk, if they do make another one with a new character, it should be one thats kinda like fisher.

gbrading
gbrading moderator

This could be very interesting.

justinh12345678
justinh12345678

Ubisoft says they plan to release iterations in its hit franchises at more regular intervals, but yet no word of a new Rainbow 6? hippo-crites

thanatosser
thanatosser

OK, I'd hate to see the story deviate from the path it’s travelled so far, it seems weird that a series of books based on the game series has jumped ahead and dictated the end of the overall series. I would like to see another game, culminating in all they have learned being brought into one final but perfect game, I.e. scissor jumps and neck breaking meets mark and execute. So yeah another game would be great, but if they carry it on for the sake of it the I worry that it will become stale, IF they manage to somehow circumvent the finality of 'Endgame's' ...erm ending, then great but only if it keeps up the quality. If all else fails Id like to see a remix of the previous games in a new engine ala 'God of war', but that would never happen would it.

Igissx
Igissx

@lilez14 Endgame was the end, but think about it, you can spawn off a new character or idk use a relative of his...or a daughter of somesort *cough cough* *wink wink*...but do it in such a way that she/he has a reason to be in the story not do the Halo approach and introduce characters you cant care about becasue they dont have a reason to even be in the game

Johny_47
Johny_47

@JJB03 - I really wouldn't want another Splinter Cell agent, would NOT be the same without Sam Fisher and Michael Ironside's voice in my opinion, I hope the next game isn't Sam's last adventure, at least have one more game after it that feels like all of the great Splinter Cell games in one. For a long reminder - the nice settings(with very nice music too) of the first game like China and Georgia, the dark isolated settings of pandora tomorrow like Jerusalem and the Congo, the very cool missions from Chaos Theory(and again very nice music) from braking into a Bank in Panama(not what you think =P) to a mission at Seoul in Korea where a plane has crashed and you have to retrieve something from it while Korean military movie in on it and the Kokubo Sosho level which is a massive Japanese sub you had to infiltrate and then it goes underwater, Double Agent was all based in one place but I still enjoyed it and Conviction I haven't finished because I have the PC version and like to play offline but can't because of the annoying anti-piracy thing(have to be connected to internet all the time). Anyways there's still so much I haven't mentioned but I could go on and on about how great Splinter Cell has been and all the great memories it's given me so I and hope they keep it going strong.

lilez14
lilez14

Sadly the next splinter cell will be the last in is called endgame if you read the books you can know about it

JJB03
JJB03

@Elivisdogs you make very good points but i really think splinter cell has alot more life init if they say had one last sam fisher story but then focused on a new character (a new splinter cell agent) to tell his story i really like how the new story turned more personal and more story drivin rather than a military story and continuously having a new terrorist threat to fight i'd like to see how a new character would handle the task of being a splinter cell

Elvisdogs
Elvisdogs

In my opinion you could still play the game using stealth and in most cases it was easier that way. But then in the last stages where you were basically forced to fight because the enemies either knew you were there or the you couldn't shoot out the chemical lights. Plus the fact that towards the last few levels some enemies tokk 2 headshots to kill made it near impossible to stealth around. I still think they did a god job and the by making it more forgiving it made it tmuch more acessible. But I think that splinter cell has lived its glory and is being pushed to much to continue the story.

freema
freema

Just turn it into online FPS spinoff and stop beating this poor franchise to death. It had enough.

MrDrew816
MrDrew816

I liked Conviction myself. I always heard that people miss the stealth elements but I felt you had the option to play that way if you wanted to. I just felt it was more forgiving when your stealth attempts failed. What else would you do when a room full of guys catches you sneaking around? Kill em all.

Ivory-Dynamite
Ivory-Dynamite

Ubisoft really seem to be biting of more than they can chew.Their quality may be going to go down the drain if they continue to try to release sequel fast.Quality over quantity anytime.

Goldrock
Goldrock

i liked conviction storyline was greaaat but yeah i miss the stealth.

dylan417
dylan417

@Igissx, I agree Conviction was not too authentic to SC's stealth element, more is needed indeed.

dylan417
dylan417

Ubisoft just needs to slow the hell down and stop leaking everything.

Igissx
Igissx

Heres my wish list for the new S.C 1. Better Stealth 2. Co-op campaign AND Spy vs Merc 3. No cliff hanger ending 4. No flashbacks 5. Disregard 4....i want this to happen...i want a flash back where you play a misson from the old S.C's...like the last level or a very crucial mission were something important happens like the last level of Double Agent. 6. Only...and i mean ONLY....silenced guns

nonfanboygamer1
nonfanboygamer1

It would be nice if the next one was actually released for the ps3 instead of the tease rumor.

isshiah
isshiah

I want a longer campaign and more customization. The co-op is awesome but i got a lot of lag so i didn't finish it.

isshiah
isshiah

I want a longer campaign and more customization. The co-op is awesome but i got a lot of lag so i didn't finish it.

Konviktion
Konviktion

I guess the next Splinter Cell game is the one where Sam Fisher gets retired...Don't get me wrong, I'm a die hard fan of the Splinter Cell games but Sam's gotten a little old, maybe he should train an apprentice or somethin'...Anyway, can't wait for Splinter Cell 6 :D

wexorian
wexorian

what i want? in next game? more action, large campaing not 10 hours to play and more stealth Double agent was better

TheSnowmanSaint
TheSnowmanSaint

Conviction is a beast of a game, I been playing it since it came out love the style, the way its played, Music even. I also just bought Red Dead Redemption and just like the latest GTA it's fail. That's a let down, I will just keep playing Conviction. At least it's enjoyable all around. Obviously Jade Raymond did an amazing job on Assassins Creed, truly love that game so here's to hoping she works some magic on the next Splinter Cell, if it's anything like Conviction I'll play it.

taddia
taddia

i hate how i despise this reviewer, and still i have to admit how i like his reviews -.-

draysilva
draysilva

@tsep23 keep in mind there is a co-op campaign as well which goes for another 5 hours. :D

browersr
browersr

Given they are selling Conviction on their own site for a little over $30 so soon after its release makes me wonder just how "success" is being measured.

tsep23
tsep23

Of course they are working on another title. That's exactly what all publishers do when they finish a game. As for the game itself, it got great reviews but it's not worth $60 to me because of the 5 hour campaign mode. I've been meaning to rent it but there have just been so many games this year I haven't had the time.

Ninja-Hippo
Ninja-Hippo

Kill off sam and go back to being an awesome spy rather than a grumpy old man. I went there. :o

Drkr_Zen
Drkr_Zen

Here's hopin' its more like the original titles, than the crappy latest ones they've put out... the series has really gone downhill.

Ravenlore_basic
Ravenlore_basic

@ Nodashi Well, Ubisoft should have just made conviction an PS3 exclusive, as it has no piracy. Xbox 360 has piracy just as much as PC. I wonder if they were so worried about piracy why they made it exclusive to the Xbox 360?? Must have been some boat load of money that it made Ubisoft not worry about Piracy on Xbox 360.

MacenKrace
MacenKrace

How about they release a version for the PS3? that would top their sales.

Nodashi
Nodashi

Maybe if they give up their pathethic stance towards offensive DRM the game can SELL for PC this time. I mean, Conviction is already part of a 45 bucks promotion with other 3 splinter cell games this week at steam. The premium version of the game. Was 75 bucks alone since release, few weeks ago. I'm happy they shot themselves in the face with this agressive DRM policy. Maybe this thread dies and we paying consumers can be treated with due respect, not as criminals. You know, we paid for those games. I'm only sad people that make those inspired games see their products being ruined by cretins that believe they know something about marketing and decide to put those DRMs on otherwise great products.

madgame23
madgame23

@Jedilink109, dont blame Ubisoft! Blame the thousands or millions of players who DON'T pay the money but illegally aquire the stuff to play these games. So while the rest of us have to put out $50 or more for stuff, they get it free or at a reduced price. So companies have cracked down on this and thats why it sucks.

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

PLEASE Ubisoft get rid of the PC DRM on Conviction!!!!! I bought the game legally and don't feel I should be FORCED to deal with such restrictions on playing the game. I mean I can't even play the SINGLE PLAYER mode without being online! What the frak?

thanatosser
thanatosser

I Love Conviction! I Love all the Splinter Cell games! I'm hearing a LOT of talk about Conviction being a flawed shooter, personally I can and do attack hand to hand a lot! I do not think this is a gun biased game, certainly its less stealthy... but that's the point of the story. I like all the game mechanics. I think they just took too much away, There should be more structural interaction with the environment, Primarily the Scissor jump and the inverted chokehold/neck snap moves. Also hiding bodies was a cool feature of the previous games, but I feel it didnt really fit the pace and sense of urgency in 'Conviction', units on most missions knew Sam was coming. These missions are not like the ones in previous games and neither are the stakes, Sam's style is abrupt and 'on the fly', where as before he had briefings and schematics, now he is improvising on the run and I think the implementation of Krav Maga and The "Mark and Execute" system bring justified realism and sense of pace to the video game of personification of a desperate man with a very specific set of skills. To get a good sense of this kind of character watch Liam Neeson in Taken. Its a good example.

CruelLegacey
CruelLegacey

Reponse to AdamProject I think the reason so many people disliked Conviction is because the entire interface is centered around your gun... you have it equipped by default, and there is always a crosshair on screen. The number of "stealth" moves in Conviction is small compared to previous SC games... this takes options away from the player, forcing them to rely more on the gun. This wouldn't be so bad if the gunplay was any good, but it isn't. The hit detection is awful, and the aiming is sloppy in general. Don't get me started on "Mark and Execute".... the single worst gameplay mechanic I've come across in a long time. Thanks to "M&E" the game practically beats itself! Getting back on topic, I am looking forward to seeing what the Toronto Studio does with Splinter Cell (I live in Toronto, so it kind of feels like rooting for my home team). I just hope they bring the series back to it's roots, and make Splinter Cell a real stealth game again.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Why has no-one made a real Ninja game in the SC mould, as opposed to runnie, jumpie, slashie, shootie games?

shickadance33
shickadance33

Spy vs Merc? Bring back Chaos Theory style, even Double Agent was more credible in my opinion, and I will consider letting Sam Fischer back into my Xbox, Conviction was let down for me....

TheoleDominion
TheoleDominion

@ BigBoy213 - I agree, they would have been better off making this a completely new IP altogether.

BigBoy213
BigBoy213

Conviction was a fun game but I was very dissapointed with the game being more of an action game geared towards casual gamers. I have been a Splinter Cell fan from the very beggining. I loved Chaos Theory but the departure of the stealth mechanics made it unbearable to play conviction. It's like making a Final Fantasy game a first person shooter, it just doesn't work well with the mechanics we all know and love. If they don't get it right this time, then I will lose faith in the series.

TheSlanger
TheSlanger

I have always loved the Splinter Cell games but I'm not sure this new quasi-stealth take on the genre is for me. I haven't played Conviction yet for that reason only. Hope the next one will be available for the PS3 as well.

AdamProject
AdamProject

I for one, like both Conviction and Chaos Theory. Since when was Convcition a Run and Gun? You have the choice, poeople ),=

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

So does mean we may actually get a splintercell game this time? And not some half arsed shooter?

crunchb3rry
crunchb3rry

They at least need to make gunplay optional. I got through all of Double Agent without firing a bullet that I could remember. Conviction has you firing right out the gate.

spike6958
spike6958

Another one already? Conviction was a terrible addition to the series and after how bad it was I won't be buying another Splinter Cell game.

shawnyboy95
shawnyboy95

Sweet my town is starting to get some stardom in the video game business. Let's hope the game is good, and make it more of an old-school Splinter Cell (like Chaos Theory). Or at least bring Spy vs Mercs, that was fun back in the days.

kejigoto
kejigoto

Still haven't had a chance to check out in the new Splinter Cell but I'm looking forward to it. Glad to see they'll be continuing on with the series though, I just recently got into Splinter Cell and thus far I've been enjoying the series.