By Drew Bryant
November 18, 2022, theloadoutblog.com

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell is one of the most iconic stealth-action games of all time. The series introduced us to the badass Third Echelon Operator Sam Fisher. The Splinter Cell series revolutionized the stealth-action genre and was one of the premier video games on the 6th, 7th, and 8th generation of consoles. It’s been years since we were last able to jump back into Sam’s shoes, the latest entry being 2013’s Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist. While it’s been 20 years since the release of the original Splinter Cell on Xbox. After what seems like endless teasers and rumors Ubisoft has officially revealed we are getting a Splinter Cell Remake.

On Thursday, Ubisoft released a video highlighting the 20th Anniversary of the Splinter Cell franchise and teases of what is in store for the franchise moving forward. The anniversary video only gives us very little to go off from now, but developers handling the remake of Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell did offer some concept art from its development. Ubisoft Toronto will be handling the remake of the beloved franchise. The Canadian studio was one of the developers on the original Tom Clancy Splinter Cell back in the early 2000s.

The concept art in the video shows the ideas, themes, and atmosphere that Ubisoft Toronto seeks to establish with this remake. The Splinter Cell series is a stealth-action game, so a lot of time was spent developing scenes that use shadows and our environment to avoid detection from deadly adversaries. Sam’s greatest skill was being that apex predator who lurked in your shadows and nightmares. This is early concept art from the studio and does not represent the final product or the vibe that the remake will create.

The developers over at Ubisoft noted that this is still very early in its production cycle. As a result, we will not see or hear any news on this remake for a moment. In the video, on Thursday the developers stated the studio will be going dark while they continue to work on the project. The developers seem to be only in the pre-production phase of the project. Ubisoft nor the development team is in any rush to push this project out.

Another aspect discussed during the video is how the developers are trying to set a foundation for the series moving forward. This is will not be a simple copy-and-paste remake with modern quality-of-life features baked in. The developers are building everything from the ground up to take advantage of the graphical capabilities of Xbox One X and PS5. Ubisoft and its developers informed players it will not be a one-for-one story remake. Certain narrative and thematic elements will be modernized for today’s world. One can only speculate what that means. We will have to wait and see what Ubisoft Toronto does in that regard. Building the remake from the ground up is good news for the series and could lead to remakes of Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow and Chaos Theory.

Fans of the beloved franchise have been waiting over 10 years for a Splinter Cell game. The last time we were able to fill Sam’s shoes was deliver back in 2013. Hopefully, Ubisoft can deliver and give fans the Splinter Cell experience we deserve.

What do you think of the news about the new Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Remake? Let us know in the comments below.

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