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https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2021-10-19-new-splinter-cell-in-production-report

 

A new Splinter Cell has been put into production by Ubisoft, according to a report.

 

Serial leaker Tom Henderson, via VGC, has said the game will be a "mainline" entry in the series - which will likely end up being the first in over a decade.

 

Details are otherwise thin on the ground, production is still "early", and there's a "small chance" of an announcement in 2022.

 

Blacklist, the last major Splinter Cell release, was released back in 2013 for PC, PlayStation 3, Wii U and Xbox 360. It received decent reviews but sold poorly.

 

The game featured more action-oriented gameplay, which divided opinion. The replacement of series veteran Michael Ironside, who previously portrayed Sam Fisher, was also criticised.

 

Perhaps more importantly, Ubisoft had hoped Blacklist would sell at least 5m copies. It didn't, and had only shifted 2m after its first four months.

Since then, fans have repeatedly called for Splinter Cell to return - only to see the franchise reduced to guest spots in other Ubisoft games and some kind of VR version where you don Fisher's iconic goggles yourself.

 

Plans for a Splinter Cell movie have been vaguely floating around since at least 2011, when Tom Hardy was lined up to play Sam Fisher, while Netflix announced an anime adaptation of the franchise last year.

 

Back in May 2019, our Martin called on Ubisoft to do the right thing and bring Splinter Cell back properly.

 

"Three dots," he wrote. "Just three small green dots, formed neatly in a pyramid. Oh how I've longed for the lights to dim during a showcase and see those three dots fade into life on the screen, accompanied by a fizzing whir of improbable tech being powered up. Dear Splinter Cell, where the hell are you?"

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Blacklist is the most underrated and underappreciated entry in the series. If you have a Series X it runs in enhanced mode, making it look like a PS4/Bone era game instead of 360. Holds up extremely well and has the most gameplay versatility of the series with some truly great levels.

 

Highly recommended while you wait for a new one.

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10 minutes ago, Mr. Gerbik said:

Blacklist is the most underrated and underappreciated entry in the series. If you have a Series X it runs in enhanced mode, making it look like a PS4/Bone era game instead of 360. Holds up extremely well and has the most gameplay versatility of the series with some truly great levels.

 

Highly recommended while you wait for a new one.

 

Just bought it in the sale. I already completed it on PC, but I fancied a fresh playthrough and didn't want to overwrite my save. Shame it's not 60fps alongside the resolution bump, but hey.

 

And yeah. It's an amazing entry and criminally underappreciated. Kobin's also fantastic in it, going from what seemed to be an irredeemable shitbag in Conviction to an absolute bro in the space of one game.

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I think 95% of the plot could very easily be translated to a remake with a different time frame (they're not going to set it in 2004). What sticks out for me is the use of PDAs (or whatever they were) to provide messages. That'll have to change. 

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