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Splinter Cell Wii U

Splinter Cell Blacklist confirmed for Wii U, for realsies

Hopefully we'll get some cool GamePad functionality
Apr 10
// Chris Carter
Rejoice, Splinter Cell fans! After a fleeting leak in February by Ubisoft, Nintendo has confirmed the existence of a Wii U version of Splinter Cell: Blacklist. It will be launching on August 20th, the same day as the PS3, 360...
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Future of AAA games

Jade Raymond: AAA games will need more user content

"What I think people want is their own custom experience, in anything."
Mar 31
// Fraser Brown
Jade Raymond, Ubisoft Toronto's Managing Director, doesn't believe that the continually expanding budgets and costs of AAA game development are necessary, in fact, she thinks they need to stop. Speaking with Gamasutra at GDC,...
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Splinter Cell dev video

Splinter Cell: Blacklist video shows off more gameplay

Hey, it's the flying thing from Black Ops II
Mar 21
// Chris Carter
You saw the return of the night vision goggles, in Splinter Cell: Blacklist, and now you can get a little more in-depth with this eight minute developer walkthrough from Ubisoft Toronto courtesy of IGN. It shows off qui...
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Splinter Cell footage

Splinter Cell: Blacklist night vision footage emerges

Watch Sam get down in the dark
Mar 14
// Chris Carter
Once we saw footage for Splinter Cell: Blacklist, everyone was worried that it would be a bit too action oriented. Well, this video is here to set the record straight, and confirm that at least some of the experience will al...
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PAX East

Ubisoft's big PAX East lineup won't be playable by fans

Assassin's Creed IV, Watch Dogs, Splinter Cell: Blacklist and more
Mar 08
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Ubisoft's biggest titles for 2013 such as Assassin's Creed IV, Watch Dogs, and Splinter Cell: Blacklist will all be at PAX East, but you won't be able to play any of them. There will only be controlled demo presentations, wit...
Splinter Cell photo
Splinter Cell

This is one impressive live-action take on Splinter Cell

I'm a big fan of long shots
Mar 01
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Filmmaker Warialasky and friends made this live-action movie based on Splinter Cell: Conviction and it's pretty damn cool. There are several scenes in the film that's just one big long shot, which is no easy task to do. The ...
Wii U is pro torture photo
Wii U is pro torture

Is that a Splinter Cell: Blacklist on your Wii U?

Or are you just happy to see me?
Feb 25
// Allistair Pinsof
In today's "not officially announced but it's on some dude's LinkedIn profile so I guess it's a thing" game release news, Splinter Cell: Blacklist is listed as a Wii U title on Ubisoft line manager Pascal Allançon's pr...
Splinter Cell photo
Splinter Cell

Splinter Cell Blacklist RC plane takes flight

Promotional video proves flight capability for pack-in item
Feb 23
// Conrad Zimmerman
As you may recall, Splinter Cell: Blacklist will be available in a limited edition which includes a working remote-controlled plane. The plane is based upon the design of the C-147B Paladin which Sam Fisher pilots ...
Splinter Cell torture photo
Splinter Cell torture

Ubisoft was right to nix Splinter Cell: Blacklist torture

If it's worth doing, it's worth doing right
Feb 01
// Joseph Leray
This week, a Splinter Cell: Blacklist producer confirmed that the game’s controversial torture scene, used as part of Ubisoft’s E3 presentation last year, has been removed from the game. “Definitely we are n...
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Torture scene no longer in Splinter Cell: Blacklist

'I've not really heard anyone say they loved it...'
Jan 30
// Jordan Devore
Prior to the recent round of hands-on previews, it would be fair to say that Splinter Cell: Blacklist had been suffering from a messaging problem with respect to its perceived focus on action at the expense of stealth and a c...

Six things you should know about Splinter Cell: Blacklist

Jan 30 // Hamza CTZ Aziz
Splinter Cell: Blacklist (PC [previewed], PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)Developer: Ubisoft TorontoPublisher: UbisoftRelease: August 20, 2013 There's an economy system connecting single-player and multiplayer Out of all the additions to the Splinter Cell franchise, the last thing I was expecting was an economy system. Basically, whatever you do in the story, co-op, and versus modes will net you money that can be spent on items across all the modes. Players can buy different types of outfits that give you certain stat boosts, as well as various weaponry. You'll earn money for whatever you do (at least in single-player), but you can also earn bonuses by completing in-game challenges that will regularly pop up in missions. One example of this was earning $750 after performing a few stealth kills in a row. The items you buy can be based on your playstyle as well, so you can focus on purchasing stealthy equipment or items that will increase your body armor and fire power. There's some silly cosmetic items too, like different camouflage designs and even different colors like blue, red, and more for the iconic goggles. The choice is yours, and you'll be able to create multiple loadouts to pick from before jumping into a mission. Yes, I know what you're thinking: How will this affect multiplayer? I asked senior producer Alexandre Parizeau this question, and while they weren't talking anything beyond single-player, he did tell me that the team is aware of the "potential balancing issues" from this system. [embed]233381:44780[/embed] Your home base is a big-ass airplane Between missions, Sam will work with his Fourth Echelon team on the Paladin airplane, a mobile airbase that will be the bridge between the game's modes. Maxime Beland, creative director on Blacklist, is hoping to ship the game without a main menu system and instead have all three modes be unified on the Paladin. For the demo build, players could look at a world map on the airplane to view all available missions in single-player, join someone in co-op, or just jump into one of the game's multiplayer modes. The Paladin also serves a gameplay purposes, and like Sam, it can be upgraded. Before my second mission, I upgraded the Paladin to provide radar support, giving me a mini-radar display on my HUD. In the E3 demo, we saw a missile strike that was delivered via to the Paladin. Players can also get to know their team better while on the Paladin and get additional side missions they can take on to help the team out and earn more money. These are optional, though, and can be ignored. Who has time for side missions when America is under attack?! There are two stories At the base level, Blacklist is about a group of rogue nations attacking US interests with one demand to the President: Remove your occupying troops from our countries, otherwise the terrorist group, known as The Engineers, will continue their attacks. So the President calls upon Sam to help put a stop to the plot. At the same time, Blacklist is about reestablishing the iconic Sam Fisher -- the green goggles, tac suit, knife, etc. At the same time, Sam will be growing as a character. He's gone from a lone wolf agent to completely calling all the shots now. This is new territory for Sam, and you'll see the dynamics of the rest of the Fourth Echelon team grow as they all learn to trust and depend on each other. I played two of the earlier missions, and Sam was definitely coming off as a dick. The whole group dynamic was rather hostile actually, presenting some extreme takes on Hollywood tropes. You have Sam as the grizzled veteran who doesn't want to work with others, the hardass second-in-command who questions Sam's every moves, the newbie soldier set in his old ways, and the snarky, wise-cracking hacker nerd who thinks he's hot shit. It was to the point that I didn't want to care about any of them at all thanks to their characterization. Enemies are freaking dumb, but they're also smart At any point in the game, players can press a button on their controllers for Sam to call out for someone's attention. "Hey, over here," Sam will utter. I don't know about you, but if I were to hear someone say anything from out of nowhere, I'd shoot first and ask questions later. If it were me, I'd make an animal noise. Meow like a cat or something, not use actual spoken language! Well, once someone hears you, they'll slowly approach your position, at which point the player can perform a stealth takedown. You can also be exposed for a good three to four seconds in the open, and enemies won't immediately detect you -- at least on Normal. After that, though, they will register your presence and engage you. They'll go after your last known position and slowly hunt you down all around the area looking for you. So while the AI was somewhat dumb, it did make me happy to know that they don't revert back to their patrol pattern, forgetting you even exist like in most games. There are three playstyles  "A pet peeve I had from Conviction was that I felt that Sam was very static," Maxime told us. That's not the case anymore in Blacklist, as Sam is a more agile and fierce opponent. After killing someone, Max can activate an execute move, which allows him to swiftly kill up to a max of three opponents in one fluid and stylish motion, all while on the move. Sam can also "parkour" his way around obstacles as well, swiftly jumping over obstructions and climbing up walls as you simply hold down the A button. These particular moves will be useful if you're playing either in the Panther or Assault style. Assault is more your traditional action persona, where you're just killing whatever without a care in the world. Panther is the middle ground, where you're killing whoever but with a focus on stealth. Then there's Ghost, which is for the players who prefer to never kill or be seen. You're not stuck in one particular setup, but rather this is what Ubisoft has identified as the three most common playstyles by players. You can be a Ghost in one level then an Assault in the next -- you're free to play however you want. From what it sounds like, playing a certain way doesn't really affect anything within the game. The options are there, but it doesn't really matter beyond your own personal satisfaction. And as far as a no-kill run goes, about 95% of the game can be played without having to kill anyone. For story purposes, however, there will be characters that you have to kill. It feels very linear Probably the biggest disappointment from my hands-on time was how extremely linear the levels were feeling. Now, there were a lot of ways to take out enemies as you went along thanks to all the gadgets at Sam's disposal. In one level, Sam threw out a sticky camera to view some blind spots, then used a remote control mini-copter to search a warehouse and take out enemies with small electric blasts. So there will be lots of ways to eliminae enemies, but getting from point A to point B feels very straightforward. Ubisoft seems very focused on telling its story, and at least based on what I saw, the levels are designed to drive you to your goal along one specific path. After coming off of highs like Dishonored and Mark of the Ninja with everything they've done for the stealth genre, playing Blacklist felt rather disappointing. All in all, some of the mechanics are interesting and the visuals are pretty great, but some of the core elements left a lot to be desired for. I'm not yet ready to dismiss Blacklist completely though, as I want to see what's going with the multiplayer. We know that Spies vs. Mercs will be back, so that's more than enough to keep me interested as the game develops.
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Hands-on preview of Sam Fisher's latest adventure
Super spy Sam Fisher is back after saving the President in 2010's Conviction. Third Echelon has been dissolved, and in its place is Fourth Echelon. Yes, very original. Sure, not the most creative name change, but there is ind...

Splinter Cell R/C plane photo
Splinter Cell R/C plane

The Splinter Cell: Blacklist CE comes with an R/C plane

Fly the Paladin around your living room
Jan 25
// Chris Carter
Yep, the special edition version of Splinter Cell: Blacklist comes with an R/C plane. Kind of like the RC-XD that came with the Black Ops Special Edition, but more...aerial. Priced at $169.99 and set to release with the game ...

Ubisoft say no delay with Splinter Cell: Blacklist for PC

Publisher says PC and console versions are same date
Jan 21
// Alasdair Duncan
Despite already suffering a delay to August, Ubisoft has promised that the PC version of Splinter Cell: Blacklist won't be suffering from the publisher's poor track record in same-day console/PC releases. Speaking to Rock, Pa...
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Blacklist delay

Splinter Cell: Blacklist pushed back to August

New trailer is serious business
Jan 16
// Jordan Devore
Last we heard, Splinter Cell: Blacklist was aiming for a spring 2013 release, though that has since changed. In a dramatic new trailer posted by IGN -- "We're not going to stop this attack. We're going to stop all the attacks...

Ubisoft and New Regency producing Splinter Cell film

Actor Tom hardy signed on to possibly act
Dec 06
// Jason Cabral
Ubisoft Motion Pictures has just annouced its partnership with New Regency Productions on a movie using the Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell license. Just a few months ago Ubisoft and New Regency announced their collabera...

The DTOID Show: Wii U, Deus Ex Movie & Mr Torgue's DLC

Also: I put Reggie in the thumbnail image
Nov 16
// Max Scoville
Hey guys! Because it's hell-season, we didn't go live today, but we do still have a show for you. Borderlands 2's new DLC, "Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage," is coming out next week, because you kids can't get enough of that...

Tom Hardy is now attached to the Splinter Cell movie

Set to play Sam Fisher
Nov 15
// Jordan Devore
Ubisoft hasn't found a studio for the film adaptation of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell, but we do know who will play series protagonist Sam Fisher. According to Variety, Tom Hardy has signed on for the part, while Eric Singer (T...

Come see some games at Toronto's Gamercamp

You hear that, you canuckers!?!
Oct 29
// Allistair Pinsof
[Update: This post, originally published with the headline, "Playable Splinter Cell and more at Toronto's Gamercamp," has been amended. We have received an email from Ubisoft saying Splinter Cell will not be playable at ...

The DTOID Show: Mechs, Pandas, and... XCOM?

Oct 01
// Tara Long
Happy Monday, everyone! It's been a while since I've written one of these things, so I'll keep it short and sweet because I love you and also I'm insanely tired. On today's episode, we've got a trailer for Halo 4's multiplay...

Splinter Cell Blacklist reactions are 'uninformed'

Game director calls out 'kneejerk reactions'
Oct 01
// Jim Sterling
Ubisoft didn't exactly thrill Splinter Cell fans with its presentation of Blacklist so far, showcasing Sam Fisher romping around the Middle East, stabbing terrorists with wanton abandon. It looks like a departure from the ser...

Let's take a closer look at Splinter Cell: Blacklist

Aug 17
// Harry Monogenis
Ubisoft's unveiling of Splinter Cell: Blacklist was undoubtedly one of my highlights from this year's E3. I remember watching the demo during Microsoft's conference, and how at one point I hyped up the game so...

Preview: Killing in motion in Splinter Cell: Blacklist

Jun 13 // Bob Muir
[embed]229417:44066[/embed] The demo begins at the Iraq-Iran border, with Fisher disguised as an enemy soldier carrying a dead body. Soldiers usher him into a tent so that they can treat the body, but one of them glances suspiciously at Fisher. As he walks over, Fisher uses the "mark and execute" system to mark two of the men. When the soldier is about to attack, Fisher takes him hostage and instantly kills the two men he's marked. He tries interrogating the remaining soldier, but when he offers no information, Fisher has the option to kill or knock him out. The possibility of a morality system was intriguing, but those expecting the options to matter should temper their expectations. Apparently there was discussion during development about incorporating morality points or consequences for killing or leaving enemies unconscious, but Ubisoft Toronto decided against it. The team was worried that players would meta-game and chose their actions based on the consequences or point system instead of what they felt was right. As a result, the option to kill or incapacitate enemies is a purely aesthetic choice. Fisher dons his classic outfit and moves through the camp, finding a group of enemies up ahead. This is the moment the player decides to show off the new "killing in motion" system. Taking cover in a tent, he marks three soldiers and dashes out, killing them in slow-motion. With a stab of the enemy in front of him, his "mark and execute" ability is recharged, allowing him to mark and shoot the two remaining enemies as he keeps running. This is something that could not be done with the old "mark and execute" system, which required Fisher to remain stationary. Moving on, Fisher navigates some guards and springs up the side of a building, hanging on to the edge. A soldier patrols on top, and Fisher makes a sound to attract his attention so he can pull him to the ground, knocking him unconscious. The ability to draw a guard's attention isn't just limited to pressing a button. If you're playing Blacklist on Xbox 360, you can use Kinect voice commands to attract enemies. I saw the potential for abuse, and asked if Kinect would require a specific command or if a chatty roommate could set it off by accident. Though they had considered making it sensitive to any sound, perhaps for increased realism, they had wisely agreed that this would be a bad idea. Players will have to use the right command if they want to utilize Kinect. Fisher climbs up the building and waits for other soldiers to find the body, which has fallen in a puddle of water. Thinking quickly, he fires an electric bolt from his tactical crossbow, a new device that has multiple applications depending on the ammo used. Fisher moves forward but a truck with more soldiers and a turret appears. One of the perks of being the leader of the newly formed Fourth Echelon is having air support from his team. A firefight ensues, and once Fisher feels he's in place, he calls in a missile from above to take out the turret and most of the enemy forces. Ubisoft Toronto wanted to incorporate the idea of attacking tactically from multiple sides like in Rainbow Six, but adjusted to work for just one man, something demonstrated by Fisher approaching the room with his target. While he used brute force in the main demo, my private demo showed a much more strategical approach. After peeking under the door to mark three enemies and identify his target, he places an explosive on the door and scales the building, ending up in front of a window on the other side of the building. Before the soldiers even know he's there, Fisher blows the door, drawing their attention so he can smash through the window and execute all three of them. There will reportedly be many moments in the final game that allow for such creative, multi-directional attacks. Fisher closes in on his target, who is enraged and claims to be a planted agent deep undercover for years, another deviation from the original demo. He yells at Fisher for blowing his cover and demands to speak to whoever is in charge. Fisher, being the head of the Fourth Echelon, obliges, grabbing him and getting an eye scan. The man was once an operative but joined the enemy a few years ago. Fisher demands information about the Blacklist with a gun to the man's throat, but the man would rather die, pulling the trigger on himself. My demo continued, with more enemy forces closing in on Fisher's position. Fisher must rely on his team to get him out of there, as the player takes control of an attack helicopter. From a first-person viewpoint, the helicopter proceeds to eliminate every enemy outside Fisher's door. With the coast clear, Fisher runs out, jumps, and the demo ends. This demo may have given the impression that older fans are simply out of luck when it comes to the stealth gameplay they love, but some hints from the team imply that they shouldn't write off the game yet. While Conviction's co-op multiplayer is returning, it is also being joined by the revival of Spies vs. Mercs, the classic mode from the last-gen games. Fisher can drag bodies to hide them, and in general there will be a balance of stealth and action. Earned cash can also be shared between the single and multiplayer modes, something that is always appreciated. So for a guy who has never really cared about Splinter Cell, I came away impressed. Blacklist looks like it will be a satisfying experience when it releases in Spring 2013. In the meantime, it seems that I need to go back and play Conviction.

I've never been that big a fan of Splinter Cell, or at least the last-gen games that were clearly about stealth. There's nothing wrong with stealth, but a demo of the first game never clicked with me, so it was always a serie...


E3: Splinter Cell: Blacklist set for spring 2013

Jun 04
// Maxwell Roahrig
Hot from the Microsoft press conference, Ubisoft announced a new entry into the Splinter Cell series. Blacklist will see Sam (this time with a new voice actor Eric Johnson) shooting and sneaking his way through the ...

E3: New screenshots reveal Splinter Cell: Blacklist

Jun 04
// Chad Concelmo
It looks like a little information has leaked before the Microsoft press conference this morning. A new Splinter Cell game! Called Splinter Cell: Blacklist, the screenshots show Sam Fisher (?) doing some manly things in some ...
 photo unveil a trio of new additions to their catalogue

May 03
// Alasdair Duncan
A few weeks ago, announced that they were going to be selling more recently released titles, as well as bringing more classic era games to their service. Well today, we got word on another three games you can now purc...

No inverted aim, co-op, multiplayer for Splinter Cell HD

Oct 03
// Kyle MacGregor
Last week Ubisoft released the Splinter Cell HD Trilogy, an HD compilation of Splinter Cell, Pandora Tomorrow, and Chaos Theory. However rather than update the games, they decided to go ahead and...

Freddie Wong reveals the true Splinter Cell

Sep 26
// Ian Bonds
Freddie Wong makes some great YouTube videos, and has been doing a LOT of videogame-based shorts.  His newest, "Lightbulb Assassin," speaks to the truth behind every mission I've ever played in Splinter Cell. Amazing.

UK to get Ubisoft 3DS bundles

Jun 01
// Dale North
It's always strange to see a Nintendo system bundled with anything other than a first-party title, but that's exactly what UK gamers can expect for later this year in a 3DS bundle. MCV says that a retailer revealed a bundle t...

Ubisoft trumps Epic: Gets Unreal running on 3DS (update)

Mar 24
// Jim Sterling
[Update: Epic contacted us to say that Ubisoft is using the considerably older Unreal Engine 2, not Unreal Engine 3. Looks like that Infinity Blade 3D will have to wait.] A while ago, Epic's Mark Rein said his studio wasn't s...

3DS game Splinter Cell 3D gets a vinyl soundtrack release

Mar 22
// Dale North
I love when game companies support game music and musicians. I love it even more when we get a rare vinyl release for a game soundtrack. There's a really cool vinyl coming for upcoming 3DS title Splinter Cell 3D. This project...

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