Alleged playtester reveals details about the “currently canceled” battle royale, Splinter Cell: Hunters
by Danny Craig ·
It’s been claimed that one of Ubisoft’s canceled projects could have been a Splinter Cell-themed battle royale titled "Splinter Cell: Hunters," according to an alleged former playtester on 4chan.
- Splinter Cell: Hunter is said to be a third-person PvPvE battle royale with "Spy Operators," customizable classes, and a nighttime map set in the "Washington DMZ," according to a 4chan post. Players would be deployed in pairs to eliminate high-value targets scattered throughout the zone while battling other squads of players and AI, with the ultimate goal of looting caches and extracting from the DMZ. The mode sounds similar to the DMZ mode in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, which was added as a spin-off of Warzone 2.
- The game would also include a leveling system, "Team Tactical Movements" such as boosted climbing and silently opening doors, and the ability to be resurrected as a "Merc" with the task of tracking down a Spy to respawn as a spy themselves. If the player as a Merc killed their Spy partner, they would be labeled as a traitor with unknown consequences. The entire Spies vs. Mercs setup is a nod to the previous Splinter Cell PvP multiplayer mode, which debuted in the series' second installment, Pandora Tomorrow.
- Although the legitimacy of the details or even the existence of the project is unknown, it is unlikely to see the light of day as it was reportedly canned just two weeks before its announcement, with the playtest taking place in July 2022. Ubisoft confirmed at the beginning of the year that it had canceled three unannounced games as a cost-cutting measure due to financial underperformance. This could very well be one of the four that Ubisoft did not want to pursue.
More Ubisoft news:
- Ubisoft+, the company's subscription service, is now available on Xbox platforms. The service costs $17.99 per month, as Xbox players can only access the "multi-access" plan, which gives them access to 65 games on Xbox and Amazon Luna, as well as over 100 on PC.
- Over the last few months, Ubisoft has reportedly taken legal action against known leakers. The publisher allegedly sued a Rainbow Six: Siege leaker, forcing the individual to delete their social media accounts that hosted the leaked information, including Twitter, Discord, and Telegram.