Five years have passed since the release of Splinter Cell: Blacklist and fans are eager to find out what's been going on with Sam Fisher. In a recent interview with IGN, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot tried to explain why Fourth Echelon went dark.
Guillemot told IGN that Ubisoft isn’t bringing back the franchise until it can deliver something new. Additionally, he explains how some of Ubisoft's development teams became anxious to work on a new Splinter Cell title due to pressure from the fanbase. He also said that Ubisoft's other big hitters like the Assassin's Creed series are "taking off," and the developers decided to focus on that.
"When you create a game, you have to make sure you will come with something that will be different enough from what you did before. Last time we did a Splinter Cell, we had lots of pressure from all the fans saying, 'Don't change it; don't do this; don't do that.' So some of the teams were more anxious to work on the brand.”
"Now there are some things and some people that are now looking at the brand; taking care of the brand. At one point you will see something but I can't say more than that.” Guillemot further added: “Also, because of Assassin's Creed and all the other brands taking off, people wanted to work on those brands more. So we have to follow what they like to do."