It has been almost a year since the announcement of an upcoming remake of the well-received stealth action-adventure video game, Splinter Cell. The announcement was made last year in December, much to the happiness of the series’ fans. Unfortunately, the supposedly upcoming remake has not yet seen any substantial progress, and the development of the video game may not be speeding up any time soon. In fact, recent news could well mean that the development will slow down even more.
As announced by David Grivel, game director of the much-awaited Splinter Cell Remake, on his LinkedIn just a few days ago, he had decided that “it is now time for [him] to go on a new adventure.”
“11 years is a long time and summing it up in one post is quasi-impossible but I must say, I’ve been lucky. Lucky to work with so many great people over the years. Made so many friends,“ Grivel continued.
“And so, I want to give a heartfelt thank you to everyone I worked with at Ubisoft and say “au revoir”. This is not 'adieu' for ours is a small industry so I’m looking forward to our paths crossing again in the future.
As for what that new adventure is? Stay tuned :)”, he added.
Grivel’s very recent departure from Ubisoft marks another problematic shift for the already slow progress in the development of the Splinter Cell Remake. If anything, this may show that the much-anticipated remake of the stealth action-adventure classic might be too far off for the gaming community to think about at the moment.
Despite this bad news, however, the Splinter Cell Remake is still something that fans and even those who are new to the franchise should watch out for. According to producer Matt West around a month ago, the remake won’t just be a simple remaster but rather something that is built from the ground up.
West added that '[they’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'.'
We don’t know yet if the remake will be promising, but we sure do hope so. But one thing’s for sure: the game won’t be here any time soon.