According to producer Andrew Wilson, "Definitely we are not going to see when the game's coming out that there are torture scenes in it. That scene is not there anymore. I've not really heard anyone say they loved it…"
Wilson also claimed that the scene was not indicative of the game's tone, and that seeing it with no context made the game seem "like pretty tough material."
"We've scaled a lot of that back, and as we've gone through the process of development there are always things that you feel are not working as well. Every game does this, and cuts certain things," he added.
Splinter Cell: Black List is due to be released on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and has no release date.