Ubisoft announces Splinter Cell 3
Third installment already in development.

- Ubisoft today announced that its Montreal Studio has already started developing Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell 3 (working title), the third installment of the popular franchise that sold more than 6 million copies worldwide. The game will be shown in a theatre-style demo at Ubisoft's E3 booth. Splinter Cell 3 is currently scheduled for a PC launch in late 2004. Detail on other platforms should be unveiled soon.

About Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell 3
The year is 2008. Information Warfare has evolved into the most dangerous threat to global stability. You are Sam Fisher, Third Echelon's most skilled Splinter Cell operative. You are assigned to execute a hazardous series of operations to investigate and eliminate a new source of information attacks, originating in North Korea. To succeed, you will employ a host of unconventional counterintelligence activities to gather intel, disrupt enemy operations and neutralize adversary targets.

As Information Warfare evolves, so must the Splinter Cell. You must penetrate deeper into hostile territory and operate undetected, closer to the enemy than ever before. At your disposal is a lethal array of tactics ranging from Combat Knife techniques, experimental prototype weapons skills, and more radical hand-to-hand techniques such as the Inverted Chokehold. Experience the thrill of acting as a lone operative fighting tomorrow's threats in the field, and of cooperating online with a partner to accomplish crucial missions. Die in action, and the free world dies with you.

(from the official press release)

Game Features
Splinter Cell, according to Ubisoft, will feature the best graphics in this generation of games, with interactive environments, new gameplay, and a new multiplayer cooperative mode.

Few other details were unveiled. The game will feature an arsenal of real weapons of the future, new fluid moves for Sam Fisher, open level design, and new redesigned enemies' A.I.

"With Splinter Cell 3, the series evolves to give gamers a new kind of gameplay that ensures the Splinter Cell franchise will continue to set standards for the industry," said Yves Guillemot, President and CEO of Ubisoft. "We expect Splinter Cell 3 to be the best-looking game on any platform, period, thanks to Ubisoft's incredible command of the latest technologies and visionary creativity - after all, we created the first Splinter Cell, which completely redefined stealth action."

While probably Splinter Cell didn't redefine stealth action game as Ubisoft pretends, it is surely a franchise that - gameplay-wise, not storyline-wise - offered two of the most solid stealth action games of the latest years.

We hope to have more on Splinter Cell 3 at the E3.


(Posted: Monday, May 10, 2004, 11:33AM GMT)

- Harry

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