Ubisoft dev claims Splinter Cell annoucement was only ‘joking’
A Ubisoft creative director has claimed he’s working on a new Splinter Cell and looking forward to E3, but is he telling the truth?
April Fool’s Day may have been and gone but that’s not the only day of the year that tiresomely unfunny ‘jokes’ can be confused for real news.
Last night Ubisoft creative director Julian Gerighty, who seems to work at The Division 2 studio Massive Entertainment, tweeted that he was working on ‘the next Splinter Cell’ along with two directors at Ubisoft Montreal – who re-tweeted his comments.
As you can see, the tweet is pretty unambiguous and includes a reference to E3 next month, implying that’s when it’ll be announced, and a ‘crossover’ with Ubisoft’s The Crew 2.
That’s quite the tweet, with Gerighty even changing his Twitter background and icon to Splinter Cell images. Although he’s now been forced to change it back to The Division 2.
Ubisoft are now claiming that it’s a joke and Gerighty has subsequently tweeted about maybe being in trouble and asking how to delete a tweet.
‘Julian was obviously joking as Julian likes to do’, said Ubisoft in a statement to PC Gamer. ‘It looks like our creative directors are having fun right now. We do not have any announcements to make at this time.’
The upshot of which is it’s now impossible to say whether he was talking out of turn, but telling the truth, or has only a very loose understanding of what constitutes a joke.
The problem is that Ubisoft has for a long time been hinting at a return for Splinter Cell and many consider a reveal at E3 very likely. Whether those chances have now increased or decreased we have no idea.
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