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Ubisoft might be teasing a new Splinter Cell game

Ubisoft Spain tweeted out an image of Splinter Cell protagonist Sam Fisher, causing the internet to go wild with speculation about a sequel.

An enigmatic caption accompanied the image, reading: "Hace falta entender la oscuridad para poder hacerle frente..." Translated it reads: "You need to understand the darkness to face it."

Though vague, many fans have interpreted the tweet as a hint at an upcoming Splinter Cell announcement. Rumors suggest that Ubisoft has joined forces with Facebook to create a Splinter Cell VR game, so the tweet might point towards an official reveal for the project. Or, this could act as a lead in for one of the two unannounced AAA titles Ubisoft plans to release in the next fiscal year.

Of course, the tweet could also mean nothing. Similar content has yet to pop up on the other regional Ubisoft platforms. This also wouldn't be the first false lead created by an Ubisoft employee. Back in May 2019, Ubisoft creative director Julian Gerighty claimed development had started on the next Splinter Cell game. According to Gerighty, he had been working on the project with Ubisoft Montreal creative director, Roman Campos-Oriola, and executive producer Dan Hay. 

As fans of the franchise began to celebrate, Ubisoft swept in to dispute Gerighty's claims. "Julian was obviously joking as Julian likes to do," a spokesperson told Game Informer. "It looks like our creative directors are having fun right now. We do not have any announcements to make at this time." Whether Ubisoft intended the statement to cover up a leak or Gerighty was actually making a distasteful joke remains unclear. Beyond an announcement about Sam Fisher appearing in turn-based tactical mobile game Tom Clancy's Elite Squad, Splinter Cell was notably absent from E3 this year.

Is the latest tweet the hint we've all been waiting for? The image in the tweet is not new but comes from last year's Ghost Recon: WildlandsSplinter Cell crossover. It might serve as nothing but a (misguided) reminder that Ubisoft still holds the rights to the franchise or it might herald new adventures yet to come. We're holding out for the latter.