Originally posted by codenameeric:
First, let me say that Ubisoft painted themselves into a corner as far as the story goes if they plan on building upon Conviction. Sam has checked out, Lambert is dead, 3E will no longer be the same...
That said, I think there are ways that they could proceed. Here are some ideas:
1) Go back to the old formula without paying too much attention to Conviction. It happened, but we can leave it in the past. Conviction essentially did that with DA anyway... They never mention the JBA, Williams, or anything to to with Sam's missions. Lambert and Sarah are the only tie with the storyline - and their stories actually conflict with DA. So, let's move on. It's amazing how easily and opening cinematic can skim over past events so they seem to make sense. Imagine a montage of the President awarding Sam a medal and making him the head of 4th Echelon. Sam turns down the promotion since he wants to stay in the field but convinces the President to make Koste the director since he was instrumental in defeating Meggido after he broke out of Black Arrow single-handedly. Bam! Back to normal. Maybe they even erect a statue in Lambert's honour :P
2) Have Splinter Cell 6 take place sometime between SC1 and DA. There's lots of room there... Surely lots of other things happened during Sam's career.
3) Do a prequel were Sam is a lone operative (sniper/recon) in the Navy Seals.