Splinter Cell: Blacklist is Still Stealthy, Action-Heavy E3 Demo Intended “to Make a Splash”

June 19, 2012Written by Alex Osborn

Those of you who were left feeling a bit turned-off by Splinter Cell: Blacklist’s particularly action-heavy showing at E3 can rest assured that the game will also include a substantial amount of sneaking.

Patrick Redding from Ubisoft spoke with VG247 in a recent interview, telling the outlet that the decision to show off such an action-packed portion of the game was done to help Blacklist stand out from the massive crowd of games at the expo.

I think the important thing to remember about E3 is you’re always out to make a splash, to make your mark, to make sure everybody sees you in the backdrop of the other games which are out there. So we kind of needed to go with something that was a little bit different and explosive, and maybe even a little controversial in terms of the franchise.

We went with something which showcased exteriors, showcased daylight, something that showcased concealment instead of outright stealth, and showcased a wide range of Sam’s abilities including some things which were fairly aggressive.

There’s no doubt that the mass market prefers white-knuckle action over slow, methodical stealth, so the decision on Ubisoft’s part was certainly justified, even though it may not have provided a completely accurate picture of all the game has to offer. For those that are looking forward to hearing more about the game’s stealth element, sit tight as Ubi plans to reveal more news in the near future.

We know that we’re going to have to have the conversation with more established fans and fans who stealth play, and we definitely have a lot to talk about with them on that exact subject and we’ll be doing just that in the coming months.

Splinter Cell: Blacklist is set to arrive in stores next spring.