Splinter Cell Remake Can Be Finished Without Killing Anyone
A Ubisoft developer working on the upcoming Splinter Cell remake has stated that, should the player choose to take this path, the game will allow for a full pacifist playthrough with no mandatory kill targets. While the developers of the long-awaited remake of the original Splinter Cell want to stay true to the franchise’s roots, they also seem willing to make some changes that are necessary to move the series forward.
Fans of the Splinter Cell series have been waiting nearly a decade since the release of Blacklist for a new instalment that would focus more on stealth than combat. Before Conviction, the combat systems in the SC games were quite difficult, effectively forcing players into the stealth gameplay that is the series’ hallmark.
Everything we’ve seen so far suggests that Ubisoft is on the right track with its Splinter Cell remake. There will be no requirement to kill enemies, and the developers “want to give the player a few more opportunities to de-escalate some of those situations,” according to Senior Game Designer Andy Schmoll in a recent anniversary interview. Schmoll also stated that the studio is working to improve the moment-to-moment stealth action “that was so special in the original.”
Throughout its existence, the Splinter Cell series has been widely regarded as the gold standard of stealth video game series. Each new encounter was essentially a live puzzle to solve, with the emphasis being on stealth rather than combat. Sam Fisher’s iconic split jump was one such advanced agility option that was required on occasion. On the other hand, there were times when players had to rely on shadows, which they generated by knocking out lights or employing EMP-based tools and similar devices.
The developers’ stated intention to increase focus on these aspects gives hope that the Splinter Cell remake will fare better than the Prince of Persia remake, which has been badly botched so far. For some longtime fans of the Splinter Cell series, the fact that this remake allows for a completely nonviolent playthrough may allay their concerns about the game’s quality.
The franchise’s 20th anniversary has left fans hoping for closure; a remake of the original title could be the perfect springboard for a new series of core stealth games. Although at this early stage, specifics are still sketchy, the word from Ubisoft is encouraging.
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