New Tom Clancy franchise in the works?

Source: A viral Web site picked up by the eagle-eyed Gaming Age forums. The official story: Ubisoft rep--"We don't have any comment." What we heard: To the older generation, the name Tom Clancy is synonymous with novels full of suspenseful espionage, political double-crossing, and military...

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Source: A viral Web site picked up by the eagle-eyed Gaming Age forums.

The official story: Ubisoft rep--"We don't have any comment."

What we heard: To the older generation, the name Tom Clancy is synonymous with novels full of suspenseful espionage, political double-crossing, and military action. To the "PlayStation generation," Tom Clancy is the man behind Ubisoft's Splinter Cell, Ghost Recon, and Rainbow Six games. The games are loosely tied together, all taking place in the near future with the world on the verge of war.

Now it appears that the Tom Clancy brand of games will get a new entrant. A forum post at the Gaming Age message boards points to a new Web site affiliated with Ubisoft that appears to be viral marketing for a new game. As the teaser begins playing, there's no doubt that it is a Tom Clancy game, as the brand's familiar soldier silhouette logo (pictured) pops up in the Flash player and also sits atop the Ubisoft and ESRB logos at the bottom of the page.

But which Tom Clancy game is the site promoting? The Web site's address--www.rev64.com, which forwards to jsf28555833-80604722.com--doesn't offer any apparent clues, so a little digging is necessary to get any intel.

The site shows a close-up of a man's bloodied and beaten face as he lays down, perhaps in a hospital bed. Audio in the background reads off the latest news, CNN style, and the future does not sound good. The world appears to have gone down the tubes, with battles taking place on US soil and other places around the globe, reverse migration out of the US and into Asia as refugees flee "affected areas," and a crumbling American government and references to rampant terrorism. There is some clue to the time period of the game, as the news anchor talks of the cancellation of the 2026 Winter Olympics and the upcoming 2028 Olympic Games.

On the right-hand side of the site, a readout that is part military intelligence report and part medical log (presumably of the man in the bed) features links to audio clips. When a link is clicked on, the man's eyes open and he stirs restlessly as flashbacks of his past play. The clips make mention of "Ghost leader," Splinter Cell (coupled with the cool sound of Sam Fisher's night-vision goggles turning on), and trouble in the combat field. There is also a clip of a woman saying "Say goodbye to Daddy," before they are accosted by men speaking a foreign language.

The current timelines of the most recent Tom Clancy games--Splinter Cell Double Agent, Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2, and Rainbow Six Vegas--are set within the next six years. Information from the news anchor on the teaser site appears to indicate this game is set more than a decade after GRAW 2, which takes place in 2013.

Though more are no doubt in production, the only Tom Clancy game confirmed to be in the works is the next Splinter Cell game, which is an Xbox 360 exclusive. However, given the references to the other games and far-off timeline, this appears to be a new Tom Clancy game--perhaps one that brings all the series together.

Some anecdotal evidence not only points to this possibility, but may even reveal a name for the project. Back in March 2006, Xbox 360 Fanboy picked up on an apparent leaked Ubisoft release list, which included "Tom Clancy's Firehawk" for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.

[UPDATE] The official sites for the Splinter Cell, Rainbow Six, and Ghost Recon franchises have been updated with mock news reports linked to the storyline featured on the viral Web site, further evidence the game will link the three franchises (or that the three franchises will be set during these catastrophic events). Headlines on each site such as "Death Toll Continues," "Southeast Decimated," and "Water Facility Attacked" depict chaos both in the US and abroad. The three sites also have banner ads featuring the bed-ridden man's face and audio clips from the rev64 Web site.

Bogus or not bogus?: Not bogus. All signs point to a new Tom Clancy franchise--expect an announcement soon.

Discussion

520 comments
Cookie2-0
Cookie2-0

dude i FIGURED IT OUT u play as a new team called rainbow recon cell and u get to work with GHOST six splinter

Disowned2
Disowned2

psstoff995 it is right it is for endwar theres a vid on the 360 marketplace for it looks like an RTT

TFPGamer
TFPGamer

its a RTT (real time tactical)....RTS is base building

eltono19
eltono19

im pretty sure that its an RTS game

sprkymnd
sprkymnd

I imagine sam fisher ,scott mitchell and some guys of rainbow six all in the battle together establishing strategies,can stop thinking about it.it will be the best,I wish .

acsam12304
acsam12304

i just did the pass word thing on the site and think is going to be all of the tom clancy games put in to one man that sound cool i need my PS3 fast

psstoff995
psstoff995

if you click the add banner on all the three tom clancy sites it takes you to a black page where you need a password to continue. type some stuff in it a couple of random times and a british voice comes on and basically gives you the password - sierra niner papa one zulu six, or S9P1Z6, type that in and it'll give you a whole bunch of sound bites and clips and everything, the games called EndWar. 2014 is world peace, then that breaks down when oil reserves run out, so russia ends up making a lot of money and the us along with a unified europe are thrown up against all of russia, the us puts a military space station into permanent orbit, which then gets attacked by terrorists, so on and so forth. washington dc is no longer the capitol of the us, and arlington national cemetery is destroyed in some tank battle with close air support or something like that, theres a ton of news clippets and picture flashes, this sounds like 5 games in one, but its as legit as i can make it out to be

dmn_link
dmn_link

Omg, i cant wait to hear more, i have played almost all Tom Clancy's games! Can't wait! :)

Paceydre
Paceydre

Bringing the series together into one game would be great :)

alexanderl33
alexanderl33

There are references to all three major Clancy franchises. In the audio clips (click on the texts with the yellow lines next to them), there are references to the Cross-Com, to the Ghost Leader, to Splinter Cell, and you can hear the sound of Sam Fisher's goggles turning on. Also, at one point, there is black and white footage on the left side on the screen that seems to show a variety of things from GRAW, Splinter Cell and Rainbow Six. Also, if you look in the source code for the site, all three games are mentioned in it. I cannot imagine that this is another GRAW game. They just released GRAW2 a month ago, so I doubt that they would start hyping it up this early. I think that it is either a new franchise, or a combination of the three major Tom Clancy games.

Nzeee
Nzeee

Cool.....lets wait and see

sevvo73lasvegas
sevvo73lasvegas

The most-neglected game play mechanic in TC's universe is a strategy system. Personally, I'd like to see a TC game that requires the player to direct operations from a purely leadership role. Coordinating Ghost ops, while depending on SC units for intelligence? That would be stellar!

Simonsl
Simonsl

i think all the noise about the mystrius homepage just is a pr-trick

JetSpiderMan
JetSpiderMan

It Would be cool to have all three main characters or "CLANCEY PACK" in one game.... (sam fisher, cpt.mitchelle, and that one guy from RB6)

Militarymayne
Militarymayne

im really hopin this next game is just crazy and implies elements of all three games but they actually do it right thattl be so much awesomeness itll overload me an ill just shut down for a few days

trioxin428
trioxin428

I wouldn't be suprised if it's a strategy game.

BlackRing
BlackRing

Major Cool...as the battle of the platforms heats up: PS3 and MG4 vs. Xbox 360. It means only one thing: You have to have both of them!

dundee85
dundee85

Is it just me or does the injured guy look like Jeff Daniels? and i thought i heard some spider references on on the audio on the site. This could Be Tom clancys arachnophobia? a game based on the cult 1990 film that would be cool i can only dream

hokies1313
hokies1313

According to Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) They will have an exclusive look at a NEW TOM CLANCY GAME, one that will not be Rainbow Six or GRAW or Splinter Cell, a whole new game. I quote from the text. " In our next issue, we'll have the world-exclusive first look at the next game in Ubisoft's renowned Tom Clancy military franchise. But this isn't jst another Ghost Recon or Rainbow Six - style shooter. No sir, w're talking a whole new battlefield, complete with all new gameplay that's too exclusive to reveal at this point in time. All we can tell you is that Clancy's ext project aims to take full advantage of the latest technology - and it'll change the way you'll play war games." I believe that is all the confirmation one needs. And I hear that Gamespot doesn't favor people putting magazine stuff on here, BUT PLEASE HAVE MERCY ON MY POOR SOUL!!! :(

ocdog45
ocdog45

very exciting news, cant wait.

godofdeath1
godofdeath1

I think they are going link all the games Rainbow Six, Ghost Recon and Spilinter Cell and possibly a whole new game into one whole story that you need to play (and buy) to understand. I'm very intersted in this and if pulled off could be awesome

jolsen
jolsen

This has likely been guessed, but I'm thinking Tom Clancy RTS. It's the easiest way to link all titles: little sam fisher units and ghost recons you can order about from afar. Possibly with the option to jump into FPS perspective after orders given. Just a guess...

shamarke
shamarke

I hope this game is good.

MisterRodgers14
MisterRodgers14

in the verse revalations 6:4 it talks about a red horse that will be given the power to come down and take peace from the earth. REV 6:4 And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.

Noutyboi
Noutyboi

It's sounding a lot like an RTS now... based in the future, global conflict.... hmmmm.

dommeus
dommeus

Tom Clancy hasn't ever really tackled an all out action game, but that isn't really in keeping with his novels. It will be interesting to see what is announced...

PhilRiker
PhilRiker

Who really cares Tom Clancy game s are B-O-R-I-N-G ! Pop and shoot, bust and clear..... yawn.... no, no, no RAMBOING, you might have fun! The damned restrictions to the campaign always playing cautiously.... basically trial and error and memorization of the map. DUMB. Its an american franchise for american army wannabes. Go play Full Spectrum its FUN too. Oh wait, sory it isn't. Get hyped about a GOOD game thats fun COD 2! Or better yet, the next game Infinity ward puts out cause IT WILL BE FUN!

splinter_cell_8
splinter_cell_8

its true all 3 Tom Clancy's games are getting close together

volumesoxxs
volumesoxxs

It's nice they are adding to the Tom Clancy Franchise, new fresh titles are always great but then the bar is set for the expectations as another Splinter Cell or GRAW. I hope it's good.

KronikKilla
KronikKilla

I'm thinking an online only game, akin to Battlefield 2, with presentation much like GRAW 2, but with indoor and outdoor elements, and vehicles. The only thing I could think of that would encompass all three titles somewhat. Here's to hoping lol.

kemar7856
kemar7856

I bet its Tom Clany police force or something like that

Kappassah
Kappassah

I don't know anything about this. I know Splinter Cell Convictions is in the works for the 360 and that'll be cool. This is probably another G.R.A.W. or something like it

patriotsfan45
patriotsfan45

When you listen to the physcotic break thread thing on the video you here them talking about a ghost leader, could this be another ghost recon game?

bulldogg11
bulldogg11

there is a banner for rev64.com with the guys face on each websight now, idk if it was there before or not

Pedro7_2000
Pedro7_2000

Cool, very cool!! I love the Tom Clancy series of games!! Ghost Recon used to be my favorite, but Rainbow 6's Vegas changed all that.

gamemadmax
gamemadmax

this is the splinter cell game..........i think.......

KickinIt_ftw
KickinIt_ftw

You Heard it Here First: The new Tom Clancy title will be a side-scrolling arcade stealth-em-up with Player 1 controlling Sam Fisher and Player 2 controlling Solid Snake. As with traditional side-scrolling stealth-em-up fodder, both Sam and Snake must avoid all contact with enemies (by way of cardboard box and/or hanging upside-down on conveniently pipes). With added help from the casts of Double Dragon, Captain Planet and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, they must infiltrate the Foot Clan stronghold battling Terrorists, Polution, Ninjas, Kim Jong-Il, Giant Robots and (of course), Krang, Big Boss, MEL and Jack Thompson. Productuion on the still untitled game (codenamed "AwesomeSauce") has been slated for spring of '07. Look for an early '08 launch.

JesseZinVT
JesseZinVT

This sounds like it's going to be a big game. When I listened to the audio files at the site, I clearly heard several references to the Ghosts, and I heard the phrase "splinter cell" as well, along with hearing Sam Fisher's goggles activate for one of them. There's also talk in there of counter terrorism teams. I almost wonder if this game is going to have you play as the ghosts, Sam Fisher, and the R6 teams. I remember in Ghost Recon 2, there's a tie-in with Splinter Cell Chaos theory, so it's already been set that they take place in the same universe. Maybe in the game you'll be switching off between the three, helping each other out. It sounds like there's some sort of cataclysmic event that sets off a major world war. SO, if ubi did something like I've laid out here, the ghosts would probably be out on the battlefield trying to sabotage the enemy army, Sam would probably be sneaking around assasinating the enemy command, and the Rainbow team would be fighting the terrorist attacks going on. IF ubi went along the lines I described. They very easily could go in a completely different directions and make me look like a rambling fool.

SirBongsAlot
SirBongsAlot

I sure hope its remakes of RainBow Six Series on Next Gen consoles ... gotta love planting phone bugs and getting out or retaking the shuttle launch pad hehehe

lqdboard
lqdboard

if you click on the yellow lines on the right panel they talk about a captured ghost leader and also something about the cross com but theirs also a mention of a splinter cell " we have a splinter cell on the field...." then it makes the sound of the night vision goggles turning on

lqdboard
lqdboard

if you click on the yellow lines on the right panel they talk about a captured ghost leader and also something about the cross com but theirs also a mention of a splinter cell " we have a splinter cell on the field...." then it makes the sound of the night vision goggles turning on

The_PC_Gamer
The_PC_Gamer

Splinter Cell is the answer to Metal Gear :P

GoddBless
GoddBless

Maybe this is there answer to Metal Gear Solid. ;) Sounds interesting so far. I can't wait to get more info.