Ubisoft is releasing a comic called 'Splinter Cell: Echoes' to explain how Sam Fisher gets roped into saving the rear political end of the US once more. The 88-page comic starts with Fisher 'enjoying' retirement.
It explores the relationships in Fisher's life, like between him and his daughter. His past actions have "resonated and echoed forward" and this comic leads up to Blacklist.
Echoes won't lead directly into the events of Blacklist but does provide canon between Sam Fisher's Conviction shenanigans and the impending new game.
“I think the thing I enjoyed most was writing his relationships, especially his relationship with his daughter. We had to understand, not only how he sees her and what his relationship is with her, but also how she sees him and how she comes to accept him into her life and the strain and difficulty between them," comic book writer Nathan Edmondson.
"You’ll learn more about the people he’s fighting and some of the enemies he has made and is making. Part of the meaning behind the title, Echoes, is that Sam’s past actions have resonated and echoed forward into the future and now he has to deal with some of the consequences of his actions in the past, even the unintended ones.”
Ubisoft is only making Splinter Cell Echoes available to those who purchase the Collector's Edition of the new game. Splinter Cell Blacklist releases on PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 August 20th in the US, 23rd in EU.