Game news Splinter Cell Remake: Ubisoft reimagines the story of Sam Fisher “for a modern audience”
Announced in December 2021, the remake of Splinter Cell remains in the shadow of a development that is still in its infancy. But Ubisoft seems to be working on the subject and wanting to bet on a modernized story adapted to today’s players.
Sam Fisher is back!
Inspired by the work of novelist Tom Clancy, Splinter Cell is one of the video game sagas that needs no introduction. It all started in November 2002, Sam Fisher, a former naval commando, arrived in the video game world with a first episode simply titled Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell on Xbox. Relatively well received by players at the time, the license is available around several titles until the latest opus to date, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist, in August 2013.
Since then, not counting the finally canceled VR experience, fans of the stealth game have nothing left to eat. But after many fruitless waits and many rumours, it is in December 2021 that Ubisoft officially announces the return of the famous agent Sam Fisher in a remake of the very first episode, Where it all began. Since then, the development of the game seems to follow its course in the most total discretion. Even the Ubisoft Forward which was held at the beginning of the month will not reveal more and it is rather necessary to turn to the side of the classifieds to find some information.
“For a new audience of Splinter Cell fans”
We already know that Splinter Cell Remake will run on Snowdrop, the graphics engine notably used by Massive Entertainment for games such as The Division or Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora. And if the frame will remain linear, the changes will mainly take place on the side of the graphics and the gameplay taking into account the evolutions of the new generation. The Ubisoft teams, based in Toronto, will therefore study the gameplay in order to sort out what remains relevant today and what can be adapted. If recruitment has already been open for several months, a job offer published on the official website of the studio catches our attention. This is an advert for a screenwriter position. whose description explains this:
Using the first Splinter Cell game as our base, we’re rewriting and updating the story for a modern audience. We want to keep the spirit and themes of the original game while exploring our characters and the world to make them more authentic and believable. As a Writer at Ubisoft Toronto, you’ll join the storytelling team and help create a cohesive and engaging storytelling experience for a new audience of Splinter Cell fans.
Here, Ubisoft seems to want to take into account the characteristics of a new, more modern audience, whose expectations differ from those that made the success of the title in 2002. This is why the studio is moving towards a differently imagined scenario, betting on bringing it up to date. However, the announcement does not forget to specify that the objective remains to ” preserving what is at the heart of the Splinter Cell experience “. That the fans of the first hour are reassured.
Splinter Cell Remake has no release date or window, and no platforms have been announced yet.