Ubisoft’s Splinter Cell Remake to Change the Game’s Story for the Modern Age

The remake of the original Splinter Cell will update the game’s story “for a modern audience,” it has been revealed.

The news comes via a screenwriter job posting to work on the game at Ubisoft’s Toronto studio (spotted by PSU).

“With the first Splinter Cell game as our foundation, we are rewriting and updating the story for a modern audience,” the post reads. “We want to keep the spirit and themes of the original game as we explore our characters and the world to make them more authentic and believable.

“As a screenwriter at Ubisoft Toronto, you’ll join the Narrative team and help create a cohesive and immersive narrative experience for a new audience of Splinter Cell fans.”

The original 2002 Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell is a classic stealth game with the kind of closely plotted spy story long associated with the Clancy brand. NSA agent Sam Fisher is sent to Georgia to investigate the disappearance of two CIA agents, gradually unraveling a plot that includes genocide in Azerbaijan and a cyber attack on the United States.

While the game’s themes aren’t exactly dated, it’s explicitly set in 2004, and much of the technological and geopolitical context for such a story will have changed a lot over the past 20 years. It’s also fair to say that Clancy’s aggressive, interventionist stance on foreign policy is a lot less appetizing and fashionable now than it was in 2002. Ubisoft’s new screenwriter and the remake’s creative team will have a tough line to walk if they reworking the story for modern players.

Ubisoft announced the Splinter Cell remake in December last year after a lengthy silence about the future of the ever-popular stealth franchise. (The last entry, Splinter Cell: Blacklist, came out in 2013.) No release date or platforms have been announced for the remake. Ubisoft Toronto makes the game in Ubisoft’s Snowdrop engine, the basis of The Division series, plus Ubisoft’s upcoming Avatar and Star Wars titles.

The job posting promises “an opportunity to be part of a cherished franchise, rebuilt on Ubisoft’s Snowdrop engine to deliver next-generation visuals and modernized stealth gameplay, while preserving the core Splinter Cell experience.”

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