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Splinter Cell remake is being rewritten 'for a modern-day audience'

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After years of making fans suffer(opens in new tab), Ubisoft finally announced in December 2021 that Splinter Cell is, seriously and for real, coming back in a full remake(opens in new tab) that it promised will accommodate the «refined palate» of modern gamers.

Courtesy of a Ubisoft Toronto job listing(opens in new tab) spotted by PlayStation Universe(opens in new tab), we've now got a slightly better idea of what that means.

Rather than a straight-up remaster of the original Splinter Cell, producer Matt West said when the remake was announced that developers are "[re]building it from the ground up" while trying to ensure that «the spirit of the early games remains intact.» A visual overhaul is obviously in the cards—sorry to tell you this but Splinter Cell is 20 years old—and some design elements are also being redone «to match player comfort and expectations.» «We’re going to be straddling the line between the spirit of the old and the comfort of the new, so that we can excite and surprise new players but also make sure that when our returning players pick up the controller, they have that sigh of relief, saying, 'Ahhh, they got it',» West said at the time.

But along with updates to technology and accessibility, the job listing for a Splinter Cell scriptwriter indicates that the story is also going to be extensively rejiggered. «Using the first Splinter Cell game as our foundation we are rewriting and updating the story for a modern-day audience,» it states. «We want to keep the spirit and themes of the original game while exploring our characters and the world to make them more authentic and believable.

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