Splinter Cell seems certain to return with an all-new title, to be revealed during E3's array of online showcases - specifically, one presumes, Ubisoft's Forward event of June 12 (find our E3 guide, here). However, fans of all things sneaking and Sam Fisher-starring should temper their expectations immediately, as this isn't exactly a follow-up to 2013's Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist. Still waiting on that one.
As reported at places like VGC and Polygon, a pre-E3 leak has revealed the existence of a kind of Ubisoft mash-up title, mixing elements of The Division, Ghost Recon and, indeed, Splinter Cell. Known as BattleCat - surely a working title - this is a PvP experience, and everything we know of it right now comes via some posts by Twitter user Zer0Bytes0.
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"The Division 'BattleCat' is a Splinter Cell x Breakpoint x Division mashup pvp game," reads the post, adding that testing for the title began in January 2021. The screens that were leaked have now been removed from Twitter, they sure seemed familiar - there was Splinter Cell's Echelon faction and the Wolves from Ghost Recon: Breakpoint, as well as the Cleaners and Outcasts from The Division series. Each of these classes has unique abilities, from the extra armour of the Wolves to the Echelon crew's ability to be cloaked to radars.
The leak also detailed how BattleCat (yes, I'm thinking of He-Man, too) will play. Two game modes are explained: Escort, where players must deliver a package to a certain spot on the map, while avoiding defeat by that same area's defenders; and Ringleader, where fallen opponents drop rings for other players to collect. So, add Sonic to that mash-up mix, I guess.
We've only got a few more days to wait until we'll presumably see whatever BattleCat is for real, for real. The Ubisoft Forward event is broadcast on June 12 at 8pm BST, via the publisher's own YouTube and Twitch channels, and will also feature news on Far Cry 6, Rainbow Six Extraction (aka, what was called Rainbow Six Quarantine), and much more. We'll bring you the biggest stories and trailers from the event, as soon as they happen.
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