Ubisoft appears to be cooking up a cryptic tie-in headed to Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, with evidence suggesting its forthcoming Year 5 Season 3 update joins forces with the Splinter Cell franchise. It appears the pioneer in stealth and espionage soon heads to the hit tactical shooter, akin to recent crossovers with Ghost Recon, including an alleged Operator hailing from Sam Fisher’s Echelon.
Rainbow Six Siege previously teased substantial changes with its Year 5 roadmap, including the second-half scheduled to overhaul its seasonal structure, and pivoting away from the two Operator tradition. Season 3, expected to receive an unveiling this August, condenses to just one Operator, helping free resources for new core systems like “Ping 2.0” and “Match Replay.”
The roadmap included planned nationalities and map rework candidates while teasing a secretive “Classified” Operator this summer. Ubisoft stopped short of providing further context, kickstarting extensive speculation in the months that followed. It now appears increasingly likely that Season 3 will feature a Splinter Cell crossover, with details surfacing in the wake of the Operation Steel Wave reveal.
Sam Fisher has been missing in action, but made brief appearances in Ghost Recon Wildlands and Breakpoint.Source: Ubisoft
The snippets refer to Operators “Scout” and “Jordan,” likely work-in-progress codenames, and not necessarily guaranteed to launch under identical monikers. The aforementioned classified Operator, “Scout,” reportedly falls under Echelon — a series of divisions undoubtedly familiar to Splinter Cell fans. The secret initiative for the National Security Agency (NSA) comes heavily rooted within the game world, as the creator of the Splinter Cell Program, home to Sam Fisher. The latter Thai Operator looks to be a Nighthaven recruit, from the same private military organization as Kali and Wamai.
Rainbow Six Siege’s Year 5 roadmap teases a “Classified” Operator, but ignore the Nighthaven logo.Source: Ubisoft
“It shouldn’t be there. We’ve been working on the narrative and looking at what we want to do,” Del Valle told Windows Central at the Six Invitational 2020. “And as of late, the last two weeks or something, we tweaked some things on the narrative that you’ll discover, and you’ll be very happy with, that does not necessarily strictly link to Nighthaven. But the arrival of Nighthaven is an event on Rainbow and it will shape some of the stories that are happening behind the scenes.”
Rainbow Six Siege’s mysterious Nighthaven organization continues to play a crucial role in the rollout of Year 5.Source: Ubisoft
Splinter Cell’s arrival in Rainbow Six Siege wouldn’t be unexpected, however, following past appearances within Ghost Recon Wildlands and Ghost Recon Breakpoint. The Third Echelon also doesn’t guarantee the Fisher himself, with the potential to explore other personalities from the universe.
But rumor of a new Splinter Cell entry continues to circulate, potentially opening a prime window to bring the Splinter Cell Program to Rainbow Six. With past updates firmly adhering to a tri-monthly schedule, expect more details on Season 3 this August, and a public debut around September.
In the meantime, don’t miss our hands-on preview with Rainbow Six Siege Steel Wave’s new Operators, Ace and Melusi.