Splinter Cell Remake Still ‘Early’, Gets New Concept Art and Details

While Splint cell has been missing for nearly a decade, Ubisoft is celebrating the franchise’s 20th anniversary. Part of this celebration has brought new concept art and details for the upcoming remake of the first gameboth of which show what the team is after.

Ubisoft released a 20-minute video featuring various directors and designers working on the upcoming Splint cell replay. While most of the video is reminiscent of the series as a whole, they also gave some small snippets regarding the remake.

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Technical director Christian Carriere noted that the remake will feature ray-traced global lighting, which will be a modern way to pay homage to the lighting that was so impressive 20 years ago. The sound design will also be upgraded and will include sound occlusion, where sounds will more realistically bounce around and be absorbed by the environment. And with this realism, Senior Game Designer Andy Schmoll said enemy AI has also been improved, and guards will behave “like trained professionals.” Carriere went on to mention that animation was “one of the big focal points” of the remake because of how smooth the original games were.

That Splint cell remake will also push forward and modernize some of its layout to better match today’s standards. Schmoll said some of the more complicated level design from Chaos theory will find its way into the original, as well as unreleased features from future entries. Ubisoft wants to promote the sense of mastery players can have over levels as well, and while some of those methods weren’t detailed, creative director Chris Auty said the studio is trying to make it possible to beat the game without killing anyone.

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The first Splint cell was also pretty tough as players could fail a mission if they weren’t careful. The replay will be a bit less punishing and players will have options to de-escalate these alerts. And while some plot and story elements will be changed in an effort to modernize the experience, it will still be the same core game at its heart.

However Splint cell remake is very early and Ubisoft is still prototyping ideas. Auty said the team is “going dark,” so players shouldn’t expect updates any time soon outside of the concept art from the video, which is in the slideshow below. Ubisoft is also giving away the 2002 original for free on its Ubisoft Connect storefront on PC.

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