Pools of light and the shadows they create are Sam Fisher's constant companions in Splinter Cell: Blacklist, and developer Ubisoft aims to lavish as much attention to their behavior it has with the rest of the stealth series. A new developer diary video showcases how the camera shares the same physical space with Sam and reacts to atmospheric effects such as rain and the harsh glare of flashlights and flares. Art Director Scott Lee also pays respect to the franchise's legacy of well-crafted lighting. Let's hope he won't get too upset when we plug a silenced bullet into many a lightbulb to keep things in the dark. Splinter Cell: Blacklist should be releasing sometime in the spring.
Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
This blink-and-you'll-miss-it Splinter Cell: Blacklist footage messes with my head. For one thing, I'm ecstatic over the inclusion of deep shadows and a sneaky Sam Fisher performing a very Chaos Theory-esque stalk-'n-drop. Ubisoft's message here only feeds a morsel of hope to stealth-core nuts like myself leery of the Great Goggled One's trigger-happy turn, but it's still a pleasing affirmation of Sam's dominion of dark. For another, I can barely see anything. Just as planned.