Sam Fisher's Rainbow Six Siege Reveal Is Testing the Patience of Splinter Cell Fans

Sam Fisher's Rainbow Six Siege Reveal Is Testing the Patience of Splinter Cell Fans

He's got a show on the way and is popping up in yet another game—but not as its star.

Rainbow Six Siege is welcoming Splinter Cell star Sam Fisher to its roster of operators in a future update. What comes as fun crossover news for Siege players is hard for some Splinter Cell fans to take, though, as it's yet another instance of Sam Fisher popping up anywhere but a new Splinter Cell title.

You don't have to look very hard at all—no, really, the sentiment is everywhere—to find folks online who're a bit exasperated seeing Sam make yet another cameo appearance.

Back in 2018, Fisher showed up in Ghost Recon Wildlands for a one-off mission, featuring Michael Ironside returning to the role after a one-game absence (it sounds like Ironside is sitting Siege out as well). That fun, small appearance gave Splinter Cell fans hope that the series, which hasn't seen an installment since 2013's Blacklist, could make a comeback.

No such luck as of yet. Fisher was revealed as a lead character in Ubisoft's mobile Tom Clancy spin-off Elite Squad at E3 2019, and Fisher then returned again for an expansion to Ghost Recon Breakpoint earlier this year. Last month also saw the announcement of a Splinter Cell show in the works for Netflix, but still no word of a game happening in the series.

If Ubisoft is pursuing a new Splinter Cell title, those plans may need to adjust to new realities at the company. Splinter Cell: Conviction and Blacklist director Maxime Béland is one of a handful of prominent Ubisoft figures accused of harassment and abuse back in June. Just before Béland's resignation was announced a week later, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot promised a restructuring of the Ubisoft's Editorial Department.

More of Fisher's Siege incarnation will be shown off during a full reveal for the Operation Shadow Legacy update this Sunday, August 16.

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Mathew Olson


Mathew Olson is a writer formerly of Digg, where he blogged and reported about all things under the umbrella of internet culture (including games, of course). He lives in New York, grew up under rain clouds and the influence of numerous games studios in the Pacific Northwest, and will talk your ear off about Half-Life mods, Talking Heads or Twin Peaks if you let him.

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