Currently a brand new one Splinter Cell game would probably be considered one of gaming’s worst kept secrets, with rumors floating around for over a year. Whether there is a new one or not Splinter Cell game remains to be seen, but Ubisoft has decided to stave off some of those rumors by revealing that they’re remaking the original Splinter Cell “from the ground up” in the Snowdrop engine.
Using the publisher’s proprietary Snowdrop engine, the team will be able to update the game’s graphics and bring the gameplay to the modern era so that it can “match the player’s comfort and expectations”. See as the last Splinter Cell title was released on Playstation 3, the team will try to take advantage of the generation gap on the console “to explore what this means for us, for light and shadow, for animation technology, for gameplay, AI and even audio”.
Details about the game are currently scarce, although the team insists it will be “modern, but built on the foundation of the brand’s rich history”. The fundamental elements of the game remain intact, meaning it will not be made into an open world game. The linear game still rewards players “who observe the situations, make their plan, use their gadgets and outsmart the enemy creatively”.
Ubisoft Toronto is the studio tasked with rebuilding the 19-year-old game, which has just entered the “very earliest stages of development”. They are the studio whose first title was Splinter Cell: Blacklist and they have many team members who have worked on the franchise before. The studio is currently recruiting for a number of positions as they build their team.
The remake is probably the reason for the recently resubmitted Splinter Cell trademark, though a brand new main game is believed to be in development as well. Jeff Grubb had claimed that tests had been conducted for a “Splinter Cell-style” game that “familiarly combined” Splinter Cell action with elements of the 2016 hitman Restart.” Ubisoft has said the remake “sets a solid foundation for the future of” Splinter Cell” but it will probably be a while before we know exactly what that means.