Splinter Cell reboot possibly in development, following trademark filing

It's been almost four years since the last entry to the "Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell" franchise, with the release of Splinter Cell: Blacklist back in 2013. Although Rainbow Six, Ghost Recon and other offshoots of the Tom Clancy's series have seen new entries, Sam Fisher's adventures have been put on a notable hiatus.

We now have a hope of a new Splinter Cell game on the horizon, following a recent trademark filing from the series' publisher, Ubisoft. As seen on Justia (via SomosXbox), the recently-filed new trademark covers the name "Splinter Cell" within the entertainment sector. If anything, this looks to a reboot of the series, potentially ahead of an announcement at the company's press E3 2017 press conference next week.

This isn't the first time we've heard rumors of a new Splinter Cell title, after a NeoGAF user dropped information on a project supposedly in the works. "Crossing Eden," who had previously established a solid track record for Ubisoft leaks, outlined the company's plans for a new title. The game would also bring back Michael Ironside – voice actor of Sam Fisher in previous Splinter Cell games.

With E3 just around the corner, we'll only be waiting a couple days to see if the trademark filing is indicative of a new title. If true, this will be the first Splinter Cell game for current generation consoles, so we may see some significant improvements. Let us know what you think of a Splinter Cell reboot in the comments.

Matt Brown

Matt Brown was formerly a Windows Central's Senior Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.