Splinter Cell: Blacklist Summary
While Splinter Cell has had a rough patch, it’s still one of the premier stealth-action franchises out there. I enjoyed the series’ action oriented move with Conviction, but Blacklist failed to move the needle for Ubisoft. While there are certainly other factors at play, one of Blacklist’s big disappointments was the lack of Michael Ironside providing Sam Fisher’s iconic voice.
Ubisoft loses Splinter Cell: Blacklist director Patrick Redding, who was also the narrative designer for Far Cry 2, as he leaves to join WB Games Montreal - the creator of Batman: Arkham Origins.
No project has been announced yet with Redding attached. Arkham Origins was the studio's first title since forming in 2010. Over 100 new jobs will be added to the studio.
Ubisoft's game designer James Everett has talked about the development of Splinter Cell: Blacklist and how it was important to take "nothing away" at the root level of the franchise.
Finally, fans could start worrying about leaving bodies lying out in the open again - it mattered. How else to make Sam Fisher vulnerable? Heavy infantry to discourage gun running.
Ubisoft has revealed that Splinter Cell: Blacklist and Rayman Legends haven't performed as well as their internal sales targets had hoped. This news follows the delays of both Watch Dogs and The Crew.
The finger of blame is pointed squarely at the impending arrival of Xbox One and PS4, which has eroded enthusiasm in new titles in the run up to the next-gen machines.
Drama! EA Sports has swanned in with FIFA 14 and grand theft charted the top spot from Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto V in the UK all format chart. The crime spree sandbox has to make do with 2nd place.
Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition was 3rd, followed by PES 2014 now 4th. Splinter Cell: Blacklist slinkies down 7th, along with Saints Row IV and Diablo III 8th and 9th. Rayman Legends climbs 10th.