The art of remaking a game is a very fine line.
Remakes are tough, and I’m glad I’m not in charge of green-lighting them. Anecdote aside, it seems like Ubisoft may very well fall into a deep trap.
In case you missed it, Ubisoft sneakily announced a remake of Splinter Cell is on the way. I’m talking very sneakily in a blog post that only three people read back in Oct. 2021.
They would later make a full announcement video in December of that year.
Check out the announcement video below.
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It’s been years since Sam Fisher donned his iconic night vision goggles. Despite no new entry since 2013’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Ubisoft’s managed to throw him into every game the studio owns.
Fans have been begging Ubisoft to bring him back. Similar titles like Hitman have been alive for almost 20+ years while Ubisoft left Fisher out to dry.
Since the above announcement made waves, information has been radio silent. However, a recent job listing gives us more information.
Although, it may not be good information.
The info comes from a job listing at Ubisoft Toronto:
“Using the first Splinter Cell game as our foundation we are rewriting and updating the story for a modern-day audience. We want to keep the spirit and themes of the original game while exploring our characters and the world to make them more authentic and believable.
As a Scriptwriter at Ubisoft Toronto, you will join the Narrative team and help create a cohesive and compelling narrative experience for a new audience of Splinter Cell fans.”
Fans were quick to jump on the post and rightfully so. Ubisoft’s record has taken a significant hit since Blacklist but not because of the game.
Everything else Ubisoft has done hasn’t sat well with the studio’s fans. A remake with a “modernized story” almost sounds like Ubisoft is waving the white flag before even trying to do something cool.
As mentioned, there’s a fine line when it comes to remaking titles. This just seems fishy, but GTA 6 will probably launch before we see anything more with Sam Fisher’s new adventure.