Hey…psst…*whistling*… the first Splinter Cell is being remade

The warm voice of Michael Ironside, that sweet sound of a neck snapping, those low-poly faces with no detail whatsoever… God, do I miss the time of the original Splinter Cell. For ages, we – the fans – have been asking… nay, demanding a new Splinter Cell. For years on end, we felt like Ubisoft gave us the cold shoulder. But that shoulder is starting to warm up fast. How so? Read the headline again, buddy.

Yes, the day has finally come. Ubisoft Toronto has stepped out of the shadows to announce the remake of the original Splinter Cell. I know, it’s not a new one, but it’s something and it’s a lot better than all those Sam Fisher cameos we never asked for.

According to producer Matt West, Splinter Cell will keep the old charms while being powered by Ubisoft’s modern Snowdrop engine. Yes, exactly, the same engine that powered The Division and that’ll power the upcoming Star Wars game.

Even though the Snowdrop engine has proven itself to be a current-gen contender, it also poses an issue. Well, maybe not the engine itself but the people that have learned to develop on it. You see, most of the developers working on this remake – if not all – are used to making big open-world games with it. Given that Splinter Cell dates back to an era that was known for superlinear corridor gameplay, that might become a hurdle to take. Isn’t that right, Matt?

“So, as we’re building it from the ground up, we’re going to update it visually, as well as some of the design elements to match player comfort and expectations, and we are going to keep it linear like the original games, not make it open world.

“One of the things that, from my point of view is really exciting about this project, is that the last couple of games all of us have worked on have been really big worlds. What that means is that the economy of decisions is very spread out, whereas what I love about a Splinter Cell map is every square inch represents intentionality.”

So, are you ready to place that pre-order already? Well… you might want to unready yourself because this remake isn’t coming any time soon. As Matt points out in his publicity talk, Splinter Cell is currently in a very early stage. I’m guessing we’ll be seeing it at a couple of Ubisoft Directs before we get a launch window. But hey, at least we’re getting it. No more rumors.

Good stuff.