Sam Fisher returns, but not in the form most fans have asked for. Rumors that a new item in the series is in the works have been persistent for years, with Ubisoft clearly encouraging speculation himself, yet no new game has been announced. Fortunately, the franchise isn’t completely dead, as Variety reports that a Splinter Cell anime series is in the works at Netflix.
According to Varietythis Splinter Cell series will be executive produced and written by Derek Kolstad, best known for writing the John Wick series. Apparently, Netflix is all-in on Sam Fisher, as they’ve already ordered two seasons with 8 episodes of the series. Now take this with a pinch of salt, since Netflix and Ubisoft haven’t confirmed this yet, but Variety is usually a pretty solid source.
Ubisoft previously announced that they are partnering with Netflix for a variety of kid-friendly animation shows based on their properties, including Captain Laserhawk: A Blood Dragon Vibe and a tween cyber-mystery version of Watch Dogs. Presumably the Splinter Cell series will be more mature.
As to whether we’ll ever see a new Splinter Cell video game, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has said they’re waiting for the right time to “come back big” …
There will be a new kind of experiments on Splinter Cell, but more on different devices. We are working a lot on the brand today to come back at some point. We cannot say when, because as you know it takes time, but we have to figure out the right time to come back big.
Would Ubisoft plan to use the Splinter Cell Netflix series to increase interest in a possible video game revival? Hope is eternal. What do you think? Excited for anime Sam Fisher or doesn’t an anime series feel like the right fit?