A Splinter Cell Show Isn’t a New Game, But It’s Something

Netflix latches up another video game property.

Ubisoft is finally putting the Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell license to work with a new animated series set to debut on Netflix, according to a report from Variety.

The outlet says its sources say Ubisoft and Netflix arrived at a deal for two seasons starring the series’ stealthy spy protagonist Sam Fisher. At the moment, there will be 16 episodes across both seasons, and Derek Kolstad is reportedly set to act as writer and executive producer. Kolstad is best known for his work on the John Wick films.

At the moment, Netflix and Ubisoft declined to comment on any specifics, but Netflix has been really leaning into video game adaptations over the past year or so. While the Splinter Cell show will apparently be animated, on the live action side of things, The Witcher show starring Superman actor Henry Cavill (who makes a mean gaming PC) was successful enough to boost sales for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt when it launched.

On the animated side, Netflix has deals in place for an adaptation of Cuphead, which we saw a glimpse of at the end of last month, and has also put out three seasons of an anime set in the Castlevania universe. Most recently, the streaming company announced plans to host an anime based on Cyberpunk 2077, and that game hasn’t even come out yet, so Netflix is getting out ahead on that one. Even if it’s not producing the show itself, Netflix has also gotten cozy with the Pokemon series as of late, including getting exclusive English rights to the latest season of the anime called Pokemon Journeys. Per Netflix’s deal, episodes are being released quarterly on the streaming service with an English dub after they premiere in Japan, pulling the show from English syndication in favor of periodic updates.

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While this would, in theory, be exciting for Splinter Cell fans to know the show will bring new stories set in its universe, Ubisoft’s commitment to not making a new game starring Sam Fisher has been a point of contention for several years. The last Splinter Cell game was Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist, which launched on last generation consoles back in 2013. Since then, Ubisoft has used Sam Fisher twice as a guest character in Ghost Recon events. The latest one was back in March in Ghost Recon: Breakpoint, which had players helping Sam on a mission, but not playing as him. The same thing happened in Ghost Recon: Wildlands, where he was around for a mission two years prior. Those appearances are neat in a vacuum, but when you take into account that Sam hasn’t gotten his own game in an entire console generation, you see why some folks might be miffed. At least they’re not alone, because Prince of Persia fans are getting the same treatment in For Honor.