Everyone who has played a single Splinter Cell game or knows about would be more than happy to step into the shoes of Sam Fisher. After all, it’s been 6 years since the last installment, Splinter Cell: Blacklist came out on previous-gen platforms.

Earlier in the year, just before E3 2019, a listing for an unannounced Splinter Cell game was revealed on GameStop. This came in the form of new gear and merch related to the series, which had fans speculating. Soon after, the entry was de-listed causing the wait to continue.

New hints, however, have begun to emerge which could breathe new life into the rumours of a next Splinter Cell being close to existence. But not in the way you expect.

Partnership with Facebook VR

Earlier in July, The Information reported that Facebook has signed deals with Ubisoft to bring exclusive VR titles to the  Oculus Rift and Rift S VR headsets. Among the franchise names, there’s reportedly Assassin’s Creed and yea, you guessed it, Splinter Cell in the works.

Splinter Cell

Further comments on these developments were neither confirmed nor denied a specific representative of Ubisoft who remained silent and declined to comment.

Fast forward another month, and we’ve got some more fuel to fire up the rumours about the next Splinter Cell series. This time, from none other the reputed company’s CEO, Yves Guillemot.

An interview about the future of Splinter Cell

Speaking with the popular French gaming journalist site, Gameblog on 7th August, the French gentleman. The quote from Mr. Guillemot which seems to be the most interesting is about the mention of “new experiences” for Splinter Cell.

Regarding Splinter Cell, the series will offer new experiences, but it will rather on different devices. We work a little … a lot on the license, so that it can someday come back. I can not tell you when, because it takes time, but we have to find the right moment to make a comeback.

Judging closely from the wording used, if I were a betting man, “new devices” line up perfectly well with the VR headset family of Facebook. This seems to be the most plausible solution for a return of Splinter Cell, as of now. However, we can’t exactly rule out Google’s Stadia as a part of these “new devices”.

After all, Ubisoft was the first company to partner up with Google Stadia to bring Assassin’s Creed Origins as the very first game on the cloud-based platform. If all goes well, we can definitely see Ubisoft extending their partnership with Google which in turn allows the streaming platform to extend its lineup to include more iconic IPs.

Whether either of these two claims are 100% correct, are yet to be seen. However, both seem to be quite possible. Ubisoft’s next destination is at Gamescom 2019, scheduled for August 19.  Will we finally have our answer to the long awaited title, even though it may be exclusively for VR. Guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell VR might be in the works according to the latest reports. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is actively taking part in the Oculus VR headset business and he has just signed deals to get exclusive VR versions of Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell.

Facebook is trying to invest in big names so that more people buy the Oculus VR headsets and this is an interesting strategy. Many people that can afford VR headsets in 2019 have grown up with franchises such as Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell, so it does make sense.

Facebook already dominates in the social media and online advertising space. Facebook recently showed an interest in gaming and bought Oculus. Do take this information with a grain of salt as neither Ubisoft, Facebook or Oculus have confirmed to be working on VR versions of Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell VR.

Ubisoft has declined to comment on the matter. Occulus did not mention VR versions of Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell but a spokesperson did mention the following:

The response to Oculus Quest and Rift S gaming has been incredible. We cannot comment on specific partnerships, but we will continue to focus on expanding our library and reaching broader gaming audiences for years to come.

Interestingly while Ubisoft has not commented on the matter and Occulus has not confirmed these upcoming games, neither of the companies have denied working on such titles either. It seems like a situation in which these games are being developed but companies are not ready to talk about them or confirm them. We saw something similar for the Nintendo Switch Lite a few days back and it has just been announced by Nintendo.

Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell are huge franchises and I am sure that people would be interested in playing these games in virtual reality. An Assassin’s Creed virtual reality game would be very interesting indeed provided that it is well made and the execution is spot on.

While some may argue that VR is dead, companies are actively investing money in this tech. We have already heard that Valve is going to release a AAA VR game sometime in the future. So VR is not completely dead yet.

The Division 2 Gunner Specialization is now available to everyone that downloads the new update. Here we are going to look into all the different perks that the Gunner has in the new skill tree. That can be found beside the 3 existing Division 2 Specializations. The Division 2 Gunner Specialization Perks are very impressive and can be used to create a very tanky character.

Gunner Specialization Perks

The Division 2 Gunner Specialization is tanky and can take a lot of damage. It can deal decent damage as well. The minigun is a deadly weapon. The specialization does have some drawbacks. With the minigun equipped, you cannot take cover, roll or even sprint.

There are plenty of perks in the skill tree that will help you counter these limitations. The damage of the minigun can be increased. The armor that you get from different sources can be increased as well.

While different specializations allow you to increase the damage of a specific weapon type, the Gunner Specialization in The Division 2 has different perks that allow you to increase the damage of pretty much any weapon type from the skill tree.

This is unique to the Gunner for now. The specialization is relatively new so we will have to wait and see what people think about it and how it actually plays.

You can check out the complete list of perks that are included as part of the Gunner specialization skill tree in The Division 2 below:

Gunner Specialization Perks Affect
Incessant Kills grant 5% armor
Coupler Every 5th reload is 50% faster
Hardened Armor Kits Armor kits provide 100% armor and 50% bonus armor for 10 seconds.
Banshee Launches a forward arc of pulse energy that confuses enemies that are caught in the wave. Penetrates cover.
Microwave Amplifier This mod increases the effect of Banshee.
Directional Transmitter This mod increases the range of Banshee.
Supply Line Generates 10% of total ammo capacity every 60 seconds. Party members get 5%.
Barrage Rate of fire increases by 5% on kills for 5 seconds
Emplacement 20% weapon handling after being motionless for 1 second.
Vital Protection Reduce the chance of getting critically hit in fights by 20%.
Minigun Ammo Acquisition Killing multiple enemies without releasing the trigger adds 3 to the ammo bar.
Group Signature Ammo Acquisition Killing multiple enemies without releasing the trigger adds 1 to the group members’ ammo bar.
Signature Weapon Damage Weapon damage increases with tiers.
Riot Foam Grenade A special grenade that holds enemies in place.

From these perks, you have an idea of what the Gunner will be capable of when all these perks have been unlocked. It is going to be very tanky. Not only will it be able to deal a lot of damage but it will be able to take a lot of damage as well.

If you own the season pass then The Division 2 Gunner Specialization will be available to you instantly. If you do not, then you will have to complete a couple of Field Research Missions in order to unlock the new specialization.

The Division 2 is coming to Google Stadia. You will be able to play it on pretty much any device. In order to do so, you will need to buy the Founder’s Edtion kit but it is still very appealing. We also talked about some cons of the platform. Which you should check out as well.

Let us know what you think about The Division 2 Gunner Specialization and whether or not you are interested in checking it out.