Rumours about a new Splinter Cell have been swirling for ages now, since many expected to see a new game in the series revealed at last year's E3, and hints like Sam Fisher appearing in Ghost Recon: Wildlands have indicated that the series may be returning.
Alas that's not the case though, as despite Ubisoft creative director Julian Gerighty seemingly revealing on Twitter that he is indeed working on a new game in the series, Ubisoft has clarified that this was a joke.
The tweet mentioned Far Cry's Dan Haynow and E3, as well as a collaboration with The Crew, so it seemed like something big, but the official statement from Ubisoft (thanks, PC Gamer) makes things clear for us:
"Julian was obviously joking as Julian likes to do. It looks like our creative directors are having fun right now. We do not have any announcements to make at this time."
Ubisoft's CEO Yves Guillemot said last month that "at some point, you will see something" regarding the franchise, and in the same month Blacklist, Conviction, and Double Agent were all made backwards compatible on Xbox One.
Were you convinced by the tweet?