The future of the Splinter Cell series is looking a little bit brighter, as former creative director Maxime Beland could be set to make a return to Ubisoft. According to VGC, Beland is on his way back to the publisher after less than a year at Epic Games.
Beland worked on a number of Ubisoft's biggest franchises during his 20-year stint at the studio, including Rainbow Six and Assassin's Creed. He worked as creative director on the two most recent Splinter Cell titles, Conviction and Blacklist.
He is set to return to the company as vice president of its new editorial team, which was set up to help implement changes to its production process in the wake of disappointing reaction to both The Division 2 and Ghost Recon: Breakpoint. The new processes are understood to have caused the delays of many of Ubisoft's upcoming titles, including Watch Dogs Legion and Rainbow Six Quarantine.
Splinter Cell has been the most absent of Ubisoft's major franchises in recent years, and its future is far from certain. Last Spring, creative director Julian Gerighty tweeted to tell fans he was working on a new Splinter Cell game. Ubisoft quickly told fans that the tweet was just a joke, but CEO Yves Guillemot has confirmed that fans "will see something" from the series in future.