Today, Ubisoft has confirmed that the company is indeed working on a Splinter Cell remaster. No more rumors, no more unconfirmed reports. This is 100% legit, and I’m sure that fans of Sam Fisher are jumping for joy right now. This new remake will be built from the ground up and will draw from the rich canvas of the brand.
The Splinter Cell remake will use Ubisoft’s Snowdrop game engine, the same one utilized in Ubisoft’s upcoming Star Wars title. According to Ubisoft, this new game engine is what they’ll use going forward to “deliver new-generation visuals and gameplay, and the dynamic lighting and shadows the series is known for.” For those who’ve played the Splinter Cell games, the shadows are your friend and an important of the series. Giving you a way to navigate through areas without being seen, as well as a way to escape while in combat. It is a game about stealth, after all.
In development and spearheaded by Ubisoft Toronto, this remake will be a start of a new life for Splinter Cell. While Ubisoft has formed a new team to work on the series, they’re also hiring to build up this team. Three of the developers who are currently working on the remake, Creative Director Chris Auty, Producer Matt West, and Technical Producer Peter Handrinos, spoke about what Splinter Cell and this remake means to them. It’s quite a bit, so head over to the Ubisoft website to read it all.
What wasn’t mentioned is which game will the remake be based on? Interestingly, the images from the news post over on Ubisoft’s website reference the name “Echo.” While there aren’t any games in the series called that, there is a novel that served as a bridge between Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist. I could be reading into this too much, and Echo could also be the internal name for the project
I suppose I’m just excited that we’re finally getting a Splinter Game and one that doesn’t have anything to do with a mobile game. Consider this — Splinter Cell was revolutionary when it was released. With all this new technology at developers’ disposal, this remake is going to look and play amazing.
As you can imagine, there’s no announced release date. However, just knowing that after all these years that we’re finally going to get a new Splinter Cell game, is enough for me.