Twice in the span of a week Ubisoft has announced it will be bringing back a beloved, long-dormant character in the form of an in-game event for a game they’re otherwise not associated with. Last week the company announced Prince of Persia was getting a crossover event with For Honor, and this week it’s been revealed that Sam Fisher, the protagonist of the Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell stealth series will be making an appearance in a Ghost Recon: Breakpoint event.
The event, titled “Deep State,” will begin next week on March 24. While the announcement was short on details, it appears that it will be similar to Sam Fisher’s last appearance in Ghost Recon through a Ghost Recon: Wildlands event, in that players will be helping the stealth operative on a mission. The teaser trailer is set to a correspondence between Sam and Victor “Husky” Coste, where they discuss intel on the mission, and when Sam say he needs help, Husky says that can be arranged while there’s a shot of a Ghost Recon squad. So it looks like players will be helping Sam infiltrate a facility.
Check out the full trailer below:
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Like the Prince of Persia event currently happening in For Honor (the second chapter of the event began today), it’s a bittersweet moment for fans of Splinter Cell. While it will be cool to see Sam Fisher in action again, even not as a playable character, fans are already voicing their feelings in the comments section about Ubisoft’s using of old characters in current games rather than actually putting new games out in those franchises. While Splinter Cell hasn’t been on ice for as long as Prince of Persia, which hasn’t seen a mainline game since 2010’s Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, it’s still been seven years and an entire console generation since Splinter Cell: Blacklist launched in 2013. Splinter Cell fans have been going through it for a bit, too, because last year Ubisoft’s Julian Gerighty posted on social media that a new game in the series was in development, only for Ubisoft at large to say that wasn’t true, actually.
Currently there are three Tom Clancy franchises that are getting substantial support. Along with Ghost Recon: Breakpoint, which launched late last year, there’s also The Division 2, which celebrated its one-year anniversary earlier this week, and Rainbow Six: Siege, which Ubisoft confirmed is coming to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X later this year when/if those systems launch this holiday season.
While Sam Fisher’s appearance in Breakpoint might pick at some fans’ wounds, if nothing else, seeing a lot of people rallying around the character after this event could result in Ubisoft realizing there is interest in a new game. And it’s cool to see an agent like Sam still getting the odd job here and there while Ubisoft decides what to do with him.