Ubisoft’s Reveal Event Could be Leading to One of Three Potential Sequels

UPDATE: Shortly after this article was published, Ubisoft confirmed in a tweet that this week’s reveal event would be for Ghost Recon. For more on the upcoming reveal, head here.

Last week, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands received its latest piece of DLC, Operation Oracle, which added several new missions and features an in-game tease for a real-world event. During these missions, players can discover the invitation below to an event known as Skell Con, hosted by the fictional Skell Technologies, which takes place on May 9 at 11:30 AM PT. The card also includes a link to a website that features a drone-centric promotion video and several hidden easter eggs to other Ubisoft titles and characters. With all of these hints towards an upcoming Ubisoft title, speculation has been running wild on what exactly the French publisher will be revealing later this week. While a new IP is not out of the question, this reveal event could also be leading to a potential sequel to one of Ubisoft’s already-established franchises, with substantial evidence to back up each of these three possible follow-ups.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands 2

A sequel to the title that the Easter egg was originally discovered in seems like the most straightforward answer of the bunch. Not only are Skell-produced drones featured and controllable in the aforementioned Operation Oracle DLC, but the company has also appeared in previous Wildlands missions, with technology including optical camouflage in Operation Silent Spade and a heatmap in Operation Kingslayer. While Wildlands wasn’t necessarily a critical hit, the title sold well enough to warrant a sequel, reaching the top ten of the NPD Group’s best-selling titles in 2017. Additionally, the game’s release in 2017 and a potential sequel releasing in early 2020 would follow a similar path to fellow Tom Clancy title The Division, which saw a debut and sequel release in 2016 and 2019 respectively.

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell

The Splinter Cell franchise has been without a new title for longer than any of the other entrants on this list, with the latest title Blacklist being released in 2013 mere months before the launch of this current generation of consoles. Skell Technologies has also crossed the path of Sam Fisher before, as Wildlands’ Operation Watchman DLC brought the gruff infiltrator to Bolivia to delete sensitive information from the eyes of the high-tech company. A new Splinter Cell title has long been requested by fans during this six-year gap, with hype reaching a noticeable high around this time last year when the title was included in the Walmart Canada pre-E3 2018 leak, with many of the games featured in that leak having become a reality in the past twelve months. With E3 2019 just around the corner, now would be a great time for Fisher and his night-vision goggles to return with a debut trailer before a gameplay premiere at Ubisoft’s E3 press conference.

Watch Dogs 3

Although Watch Dogs is the only franchise on this list that’s not a part of the Tom Clancy universe in which Skell Technology seemingly exists, there’s still a reasonable amount of evidence that indicates that these teases could be leading to a new entry in the hacking-centric series. Watch Dogs 2’s San Francisco featured plenty of drones much like the Skell Technology teaser above, including as a primary tool of protagonist Marcus Holloway. Additionally, Watch Dogs 2’s 2016 release occurred during an off-year for Ubisoft’s more prominent open world franchise, Assassin’s Creed, and with 2019 also not seeing a new Assassin’s Creed, Watch Dogs is a contender to once again step in and fill the open world hole. Whether it does end up being Watch Dogs 3, a different Ubisoft sequel or a brand new IP, there’s still plenty of intrigue surrounding May 9’s livestream, which will be covered here on Hardcore Gamer.