Ubisoft announces Splinter Cell remake in development

By Kes Eylers-Stephenson,
Ubisoft has only gone and done it. The French publisher has finally officially announced a Splinter Cell remake that is in development at Ubisoft Toronto. The game will be using the next-gen Snowdrop engine.

A Ubisoft post on the website confirmed the long-rumoured news. The Splinter Cell remake is going to be a ground-up remake using Ubisoft's Snowdrop engine. This is the engine powering Ubisoft's next slate of games for the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S. Both Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora and the upcoming Ubi Star Wars game will be using the engine, though with this remake it is specifically being used for "new-generation visuals and gameplay, and the dynamic lighting and shadows the series is known for."

The game's producer, Matt West, has noted that the remake is still in "the very earliest stages of development." That means this is a few years out at the least. Promisingly, West says that Ubisoft is keen to "make sure the spirit of the early games remains intact." What does that mean? Well, the visuals and design elements will be updated and Ubisoft will "keep it linear like the original games, not make it open world."

Also speaking in the post is technical producer Peter Handrinos. He says that while Ubisoft is keen on bringing "something new," it has to serve a dual purpose and "connect them to that feeling that they had two decades ago" with the first game. "A lot of time has passed since the original Splinter Cell, and even since the last sequel — enough time to miss an entire console generation," says Handrinos. "So now we're going to take the time to explore what this means for us, for light and shadow, for animation tech, for gameplay, AI, even audio. We're going to ask ourselves, where does it make sense for us to innovate? What not only fits with the legacy, but brings the game up to a level that will be expected of us, and where can we surprise our players?"

Creative director Chris Auty leaves the post on a promising note by suggesting that the remake is building a "solid base" for the future. Is another game planned if this is successful? No word yet on release or platform, and Ubisoft is still building the development team. However, we will keep you posted when more news drops! What do you think of this? A good decision? Glad to have it confirmed? Sneak into the comments.
Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Written by Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Editor Kes is our resident expert in PlayStation and other gaming news. He writes about PS5 exclusives like The Last of Us and Horizon, PS Plus news, and his favorite games — The Witcher, Assassin’s Creed, and God of War — before an evening swim.
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