It's the news Splinter Cell fans have been waiting for! Ubisoft has confirmed that it's working on a remake based around the "early" games in the series, rebuilt from the ground up using Ubisoft’s own Snowdrop engine.
The game is being led by Ubisoft Toronto, and team members are currently being hired for the project. The intent is to "make sure the spirit of the early games remains intact", so it will remain a linear experience rather than open world, but the team will "update it visually, as well as some of the design elements to match player comfort and expectations."
Here's what Producer Matt West had to say about the goal with the Splinter Cell Remake:
"To me, a remake takes what you’d do in a remaster and goes a little bit further with it. The original Splinter Cell has a lot that was amazing and revolutionary at the time it came out, 19 years ago. The gaming public now has an even more refined palate. So, I think it kind of has to be a remake as opposed to a remaster. Although we're still in the very earliest stages of development, what we're trying to do is make sure the spirit of the early games remains intact, in all of the ways that gave early Splinter Cell its identity.
So, as we're building it from the ground up, we're going to update it visually, as well as some of the design elements to match player comfort and expectations, and we are going to keep it linear like the original games, not make it open world. How do we make sure that new fans are able to pick up the controller and dive right in, and fall in love with the game and the world right from the get-go?"
You can check out an interview with three developers on the project over at the Ubisoft website, and they reiterate throughout the discussion that they want to "bring something new", but still capture the spirit of the original games.
It certainly sounds exciting, but in terms of a release date, it's probably best to expect it's a few years away yet.
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Sweet ...best be Michael Ironside still
Had a feeling this was coming since they have a sale on just the original right now.
Expect some delisting soon.
Shame its not entirely new but ill take it.
Another Ubisoft Original? 🤣
Imagine if it was a Chaos Theory Remake.
Great news!!! the only splinter cell i played was BlackList and it was freaking awesome.
I bought the entire collection but the graphics put me off a bit, not gonna lie. So i stopped after an hour or so
I wish to they'd continue the story from Blacklist but ill happily play this still. Looks like it's the same developers as Blacklist too so should be good hopefully!!
Hope it doesn't end up like another remake of some trio of car stealing games...
And full of NFT's too 😜
@UltimateOtaku91 dammit you beat me to it hahaha.
@Snake_V5 how dare you! Just kidding, but seriously that game doesn't need to be remade, maybe polished and remastered, but not remade.
With it being linear, I wonder if it'll be along the lines of conviction, or maybe that's what they're remaking.
Wow, this is better than a new game. Ubisoft would muck that up. It's harder to muck up the original. I agree with @StylesT though, it better have Ironside as the VA. It's not Sam Fisher without him.
@PhhhCough It's funny, I remember when the complaint all during the PS360 era was "now they're making all the games dumbed down, linear, on-rails for the console casuals!" I think especially of Splinter Cell: Conviction when I think of that criticism. It represented the whole industry. Then the PS4X1 era happened and the complaint is "everything is a copy and paste open world sandbox!"
@gollumb82 I swear I'm going to hurt a puppy every time I see the phrase "A Ubisoft Original" LOL.
Hoping it ends up being more of a “reimagining” or “reboot” rather than a 1:1 “remake” but hey, beggars can’t be choosers. Glad to hear Splinter Cell is coming back!
Bring them, I will buy!
Make it a kitten and sign me up 😉 Seriously, though, with Snake and MGS probably gone for good I won't say no to Splinter Cell. Speaking of sneaking games, where's my Deus Ex: Mankind United, Square Enix?!
@gollumb82 Hi, this is Adam Jensen. I'm currently busy being Spiderman in an Avengers game being forced to try to be a GaaS. We didn't ask for this. Please leave your email address and I'll get back to you sometime before FFXVI: Versus, or 2077, whichever comes last.
I didn't ask for this but you gave me a good chuckle 🤣 Thanks. Gotta say, I enjoy reading your posts NEStalgia. Keep it up 👍
Built from the ground up... in Assassin's Creed Engine
Featuring the voice talent of Chris Pratt as Sam Fisher. /jk
More seriously they are saying some of the right things here. Cautiously optimistic?
If this is followed by the words nft or free to play, ubisoft can gfts
@themightyant That's just lies. Anvil is the Assassin's Creed engine. Snowdrop is the Rabbids engine. BWAH!
@gollumb82 I aim to please!
Gamers- Ubisoft keeps making the same game over and over again they need to change it up.
Ubisoft- here’s assassins creed origins, odyssey and Valhalla, plus watch dogs legion.
Gamers- it’s not my series anymore they changed it Ubisoft has been awful since 2014.
Sam fisher is cool and all, but where is the new Rayman game?!?!?!
Should we be worried that he didn't mention stealth in those 2 paragraphs? Hopefully the core mechanics of the gameplay aren't sacrificed to fit the "more refined palate" or to " update design elements to match player comfort and expectations." I wouldn't be surprised if Ubisoft believes the fans want there to be little to no stealth and have it be more action focused. Similar to Far Cry which has its "stealth approach" option If you choose to play that way.
I would rather have a new story instead of remaking any of the older ones but it's something. Glad to hear the franchise isn't dead yet.
I remain cautiously cautionistic
Pretty sure I heard Ryan McCafferty squeal like little girl in absolute joy.
And I'm on other side country.
@Alduin The game backlog struggle is for real my man.
Matt West: “The original Splinter Cell has a lot that was amazing and revolutionary at the time it came out, 19 years ago”
Yes it was amazing and revolutionary, 19 years ago. Why not take a risk and make an entirely new Splinter Cell game that is amazing and revolutionary for this era? I already have Splinter Cell on my Series X and as with all original Xbox games that are backward compatible, it’s already enhanced with 4K and 60fps.
I’ll still play the remake but seriously what is the point in revisiting old games on powerful consoles like Series X and PS5 when they are capable of handling games that can do stuff that was never possible on previous consoles? Too many developers have been remastering and remaking their games for the past two console generations now when they should be spending their time, money and resources on making new and innovative games.
Hesitantly excited for this. If NFT’s or any gross micro transactions get anywhere near this project, I’m out.
Man please do not F#uc#k this up.
Splintercell is my all time favorite.
Take your time with this game (glitch free)
Dont make the same mistake as with Ghost recon, even tho i like those games, but for splinter cell i want the original gameplay style back
If it's a faithful remake that doesn't change much, awesome! I just hope that they include the first 3 games in the narration and levels because the first game alone, idk if that's enough. If you're going to make a stealth game, you better show up after Hitman 3.
I can't stand the original voice actor, I know that's an unpopular opinion but to me he sounds so goofy.
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