For the time being the fate of the submarine simulation game is in modders hands, according to Ubisoft's Community Developer.
Packed with a controversial DRM scheme that requires permanent Internet connectivity to play even in singleplayer and receiving mediocre review scores compared to the previous games in the series, Silent Hunter 5 is still in need of a few fixes even after the release of the 1.2 patch. Although the game has not been abandoned, there is no known time frame for a new patch or even the certitude that a new patch will be released:
"Right now, Silent Hunter 5 does not have and cannot get a development team. The people that have worked on the game have been assigned to different other projects for the time being"