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Splinter Cell's Sam Fisher Emerges From The Shadows To Join Rainbow Six Siege

Splinter Cell’s Sam Fisher is coming to Rainbow Six Siege as a playable operator in the Operation Shadow Legacy update for Season 3 of Year 5. The crossover sees a character from one Tom Clancy series joining another, and while we don’t know much about how he’ll play just yet, we’ll be learning much more very soon. It’s the latest game Fisher has joined that is not a new Splinter Cell game. His appearance is also noticeably different.

Each operator in Siege has their own distinct gadgets that make them unique, but what Fisher comes equipped with has not yet been revealed. The teaser trailer below may feature some hints as to what to expect; we see night vision kick in at one point, although Fisher himself is not wearing his signature goggles. However, an accompanying piece of key art does show those trademark green dots on his forehead, with light pouring in through three holes in the floor. That’s likely to tie into whatever he brings to the table in the game. Toward the end of the teaser trailer, we see that his operator name will apparently be “Zero” in Siege.


A full reveal for Shadow Legacy is planned for this Sunday, August 16, during Siege’s North American Mini Major Finals. Those will be streamed on the Rainbow Six Twitch account. Although new Siege seasons typically include two new characters, Ubisoft previously confirmed in its Year 5 roadmap that only one new operator is coming in Season 3. As such, Fisher will be the only new operator introduced in this update. He looks far larger than in the past, with added muscle that could make it a little hard to be a stealth master.

While certainly exciting, the addition of Fisher may come as somewhat bittersweet for Splinter Cell fans. The series has been dormant for years now, with the last core game being 2013’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist. Fisher has popped up since then, most notably in mobile game Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad and as part of an update in yet another Tom Clancy game, Ghost Recon Breakpoint (following his appearance in Ghost Recon Wildlands). Ubisoft has suggested that the Splinter Cell series is not dead, but it has not announced any firm plans for a new entry.

This story has been corrected to note that only one new operator is expected in Season 3. Thanks, Lucina!

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