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Splinter Cell Blacklist creative director returns to Ubisoft


Ubisoft has had a pretty rough week. Previously, the company delayed a variety of titles, like Gods & Monsters, Rainbow Six Quarantine, and Watch Dogs Legion, with many people predicting that more bad news was to come. These delays are largely blamed on the falling sales of The Division 2 and Ghost Recon Breakpoint. And with a new effort. Ubisoft is trying to turn things around. The company announced yesterday that it is reorganizing some elements within the company, in an effort to rework the process they use to design games. This mostly means that the French company is shuffling around staff positions and refocusing some teams.

“We are reinforcing our editorial team to be more agile and better accompany our development teams around the world as they create the best gaming experiences for players,” said the publisher while explaining what this new team will when they join the new team. This has led to many different theories about what Ubisoft could have coming down the pipe. One particular addition has some very interesting fervor ongoing.

The Splinter Cell franchise is making a jump back to the publisher as Splinter Cell Conviction and Blacklist creative director Maxime Beland has rejoined the company. Beland is a true Ubisoft veteran who has worked at the company for over 20 years, but left in 2019 to join Epic Games for a short stint.

Beland has an established history with the franchise. Not only did he help found Ubisoft Toronto, the team behind Splinter Cell Blacklist, but he also served as creative director on both 2010’s Conviction and 2012’s Blacklist. And with him returning, fans are hopeful to see a revival. No word or confirmation on that though.

The publisher has also teased other games as well, hinting at a somewhat packed schedule. The newest Ubisoft title is coming soon, and it’s a rather interesting concept. According to the publisher, it’s a 100-player autobattler, Might and Magic: Chess Royale. Although with the various delays and cancellations, things feel a bit disappointing to some fans.

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