Ubisoft Insists Splinter Cell Confirmation Tweet is Just a Joke

By Laura Kate Dale on at

Over the past 24 hours or so, the Splinter Cell fandom has had to endure a rollercoaster of emotions. With E3 just a few short weeks away, a tweet from Ubisoft's creative director has left fans confused about whether or not we might see a new Splinter Cell game announced next month in L.A.

It all started with the above tweet from creative director Julian Gerighty, who would theoretically be in a position to know if there was a new unannounced Splinter Cell game in the works. His tweet seemed to very casually announce a new Splinter Cell, with many assuming it was a slip up brought on by the wine being drunk in one of the images.

Following this, Gerighty put up a second tweet asking people not to RT his announcement tweet for fear he would get in trouble, but he did not delete the original tweet. This lead many to assume that it must be a joke, but a very poorly thought out one.

In a comment to PC Gamer, a Ubisoft spokesperson claimed the tweets were nothing more than a joke.

"Julian was obviously joking as Julian likes to do. It looks like our creative directors are having fun right now. We do not have any announcements to make at this time."

If this is indeed just a joke, it's tough to see what the expected punchline was. A prominent person in the know pretends a well liked game series is getting a much wanted sequel, in order to get fans' hopes up ahead of E3 for no reason? If it was a joke, it seems like the kind that Gerighty might end up in a little trouble over.

Still, some are hoping this is a rehearsed marketing act to get people excited for E3. This would perhaps explain why the tweet has not been taken down, and wouldn't contradict with Ubisoft's statement that it doesn't have anything to announce at this time. E3 isn't for a few weeks yet.