Okay, so the image is gone but at least it proves they're working hard on the new Splinter Cell .
Plus, the leaked image in question showed that protagonist Sam Fisher will be reunited with his trusty night vision goggles, which mysteriously disappeared in the last entry, Splinter Cell: Conviction . The game is currently in development at Ubisoft Toronto, headed up by original Assassin's Creed producer Jade Raymond, and the absent image also had the words "Broken Arrow" and the letters "SC6." The former hints at lost nuclear weapons (you may recall the movie with John Travolta and Christian Slater). Those goggles are important by themselves because it may prove the series will return to its stealth roots; Conviction sort of left that behind with a more action-oriented adventure that didn't go over well with some critics and hardcore fans.
For the record, I count myself among those hardcore fans, and I was appalled at Conviction . So listen up, Raymond and Co.: I haven't the slightest idea why Ubisoft decided to alienate all its fans with that game, but you had best return to the formula that originally earned you those fans. It's the only logical move, isn't it?
P.S. With the Splinter Cell Trilogy coming to the PlayStation 3, we'd like to assume Splinter Cell 6 is multiplatform.