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Splinter Cell: Blacklist

There is a story circulating today saying that Facebook may have already signed deals with Ubisoft to bring back Splinter Cell and a new Assassin's Creed title. That's not the weird part. The weird part here is that the deal is to create VR games in these two popular franchises. And since it's Facebook that pushed the deal, that would mean that the games would be Oculus "exclusive" and sold through their Oculus Store.

This is, at least right now, merely a rumor. It came to light today via The Information (full article is locked behind a paywall). The publication cites "two people familiar with the matter" as their source on this story. Fans have been wanting to have a new Splinter Cell game for years now. It was rumored for a while that a new one was being worked on at Ubisoft, but both Ubisoft and Jason Schreier shot those rumors (and jokes) down.

While I'm sure these could be interesting games for those with VR headsets, this surely isn't going to go over well with the older Splinter Cell fans who haven't seen a new release since 2013's Splinter Cell Blacklist.

As a part of the new effort, in which CEO Mark Zuckerberg is personally involved, Facebook has already signed deals for exclusive VR versions of the popular games "Assassin's Creed" and "Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell," one of the people said. Facebook hopes that seeding Oculus with popular game franchises will help attract more people to buy its VR headsets - which have so far been only moderately successful - and increase the amount of time spent on the social network's platform.