It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a Splinter Cell reboot along with a decent Ghost Recon game. The company had been planning the development of Ghost Recon Frontline and Splinter Cell VR along with two unannounced titles, but Ubisoft has decided to close its doors on the projects altogether.
During a financial call, the company stated that both games had been unfortunately cancelled due to the supposed changing financial environment. Ubisoft, unfortunately, did not provide further details regarding the cancellation of the games. It appears that Ubisoft has shifted its direction from developing a Battle Royale Ghost Recon and a Splinter Cell VR game along with 2 titles the details of which are still unknown to focusing on its premiere franchise Assassin’s Creed.
Splinter Cell VR had been under development by Ubisoft’s Red Storm Studio along with support from Reflections, while Ghost Recon Frontline was being developed by Ubisoft Bucharest.
It was stated that Ghost Recon Frontlines was going to be a battle royale game with groups of 4 players teaming up against more than 100 players across a large map. We’ve all seen this before and the failure of many battle royale games, so it was probably for the better.
But it’s not just us, as the announcement of the game was met with considerable backlash that caused Ubisoft to delay and eventually cancel the planned playtest of the game.
As for the game’s reveal trailer, it accrued around 4.8 thousand likes in contrast to the astounding 17 thousand dislikes, which are now hidden due to Youtube’s updated policy. The comments still show a mis of disappointment and confusion regarding the direction of the series.
The top comment stated that Ubisoft is clearly ignoring its fanbase with the Frontline’s direction.The comment alone accrued more likes than the trailer itself. There are many videos mocking the Frontline title, and it’s great to say that Ubisoft has finally buried the game.
As for Splinter Cell VR, not much was known aside from a brief tease from the CEO Yves Guillemot. The game was planned in collaboration with Mark Zuckerberg’s Meta platform and would’ve been exclusive to Meta Headsets which, to be fair, sounds like a pretty bad decision.
Did you Ubisoft make the right decision cancelling their yet to be tested titles or should they have playtested the games via an early access platform and let the community decide based off first impressions. Fans can sometimes be pretty toxic when it comes to video game launches and tend to harrass developers as stated by a Ubisoft artist by the name of Hobbs.
Will these game titles have flopped in accordance to fan reception or would they have been a turning point in the videogame Industry? This isn’t the first time Ubisoft brushed a title under the carpet before release as was the case with the ambitious title Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Patriots. Did these games have potential or were they cash-grabs in a saturated gaming industry? It’s sad to say that we will never know.
And that’s pretty much it for today’s news on Ubisoft’s cancelled titles. For new and exciting news on future Ubisoft releases, head on over to Appuals for further updates!