Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell, the stealth shooter that launched a series of the same name and introduced players to Sam Fisher, is getting a makeover from Ubisoft Toronto. With a developer interview and a lengthy YouTube retrospective covering the original 2002 game, Ubisoft revealed the remake on Wednesday.
Ubisoft’s Snowdrop Engine, which debuted with Tom Clancy’s The Division in 2016, will be used to remake Splinter Cell. Despite the petitions of the series’ loyal fans, technical producer Peter Handrinos admitted that “enough time to miss an entire console generation” had elapsed since the last Splinter Cell game (2013’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist).
“It’s safe to say a lot of us on the team are stealth purists, and we’re behind that level of seriousness when it comes to those kinds of mechanics, and those sorts of things that we want to see in this game,” says Chris Auty, Splinter Cell’s new creative director. “And we’re very, very aware of what makes classic Splinter Cell what it is.”
“It’s important for us to preserve the sense of mastery by supporting players who observe the situations, make their plan, use their gadgets, and outsmart the enemy creatively to deal with the challenges they are presented with,” he explained. “Ideally, they end up coming out on the other side with no one having realized you were even there. That’s the essence of Splinter Cell.”
“The gameplay experience we are targeting is directly tied to what we want players to feel, to capture the essence back when we were all playing the original games,” said West.
It’s unclear if anyone from the original Splinter Cell team is working on this remake, but technical producer Peter Handrinos says that series veterans are part of the new team. “There are a lot of vets here, so we’re going to have a really good mix of people who have worked on previous Splinter Cell games, and new team members who are joining and bringing fresh energy and fresh ideas,” he said.
Splinter Cell Remake Release Date
The Splinter Cell remake has no set release date or window. In 2022, the original game, which was released for the GameCube, PlayStation 2, Windows PC, and Xbox, will celebrate its 20th anniversary.
According to a rumour from October, work on a new Splinter Cell game for PC and consoles was in progress in a Ubisoft studio other than Ubisoft Montreal, which created the first seven games in the series. Ubisoft did not confirm the allegation or reply to requests for comment.
“With this remake, we are building a solid base for the future of Splinter Cell,” said creative director Chris Auty, without going into further detail.
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Ubisoft announced in September 2020 that a remake of 2003’s Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time was in the works at Ubisoft Pune in India. Originally scheduled to release in January 2021, the game was postponed for two months at first, then indefinitely, to give creators more time “to craft a remake that feels fresh while remaining loyal to the original.”