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Splinter Cell Double Agent Announced for GameCube

by Stan Ferguson - December 15, 2005, 9:51 am PST
Total comments: 19 Source: Press Release

Ubisoft continues churning out the Splinter Cells and gives GCN fans another game to look forward to in '06.

Ubisoft Announces Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent(TM); Revolutionary New Installment from the Top-Selling Espionage Franchise Available Spring 2006

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 14, 2005--Today Ubisoft, one of the world's largest video game publishers, announced Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell(R) 4 (working title), the fourth blockbuster in the Tom Clancy Splinter Cell franchise, will officially be called Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent(TM). The game will be available Spring 2006 for the Xbox 360(TM) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Xbox(R) video game system from Microsoft, PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, Nintendo GameCube(TM) system and Windows(R) PC.

Following the Tom Clancy Splinter Cell franchise tradition of innovation, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent will completely revolutionize and reinvent the spy action genre by introducing an unprecedented double agent concept and an entirely new breed of game play that adds an exciting new dimension to the gaming experience.

"Ubisoft is excited to have re-imagined the Splinter Cell franchise by introducing Sam Fisher as a double agent, expanding the depth of his character," said Tony Kee, vice president of marketing at Ubisoft. "Gamers are going to find themselves immersed in entirely new territory that will allow Ubisoft to expand on its already captivating Splinter Cell franchise."

With the entirely new direction of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent, Ubisoft has reinvented the best-selling and highest rated espionage franchise. The revolutionary double agent concept immerses players in the world of international espionage more completely than ever, expanding the story and depth of Sam Fisher's character and evoking players' emotions by drawing them deeper into the gaming experience. Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent will push the limits of each platform based on its respective technological capabilities, taking advantage of a collaborative development effort between Ubisoft's award-winning development studios in Montreal, Shanghai and Annecy, France. Across all platforms, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent will have the features that have defined the Splinter Cell franchise - amazing graphics, fluid animations, advanced artificial intelligence and open level design. Furthermore, each platform will feature exclusive content and offer a unique game play experience.

"The surprising new direction for the series will certainly excite fans and attract the attention of a whole new group of gamers," said Jeremy Zoss, associate editor at Game Informer Magazine. "As fans of the Splinter Cell series, Game Informer is thrilled to bring our readers a world exclusive first look at Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent," available on newsstands December 22, 2005. Game Informer features an in-depth first preview of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent.

About Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent

Veteran agent Sam Fisher is back. But he's never faced an enemy like this before. To stop a devastating terrorist attack, he must infiltrate a vicious terrorist group and destroy it from within. For the first time ever, experience the relentless tension and gut-wrenching dilemmas of life as a double agent. As you infiltrate a terrorist organization in its American headquarters, you must carefully weigh the consequences of your actions. Kill too many criminals and you'll blow your cover. Hesitate too long and millions will die. Do whatever it takes to complete your mission, but get out alive.

Key Features Include:

  • Dual objectives to fulfill: NSA government agents and terrorists will each want you to accomplish opposing tasks at the same time.

  • Discover the tension of being a double agent: Use actual tactics employed by today's real-life double agents to sabotage the terrorists' plans.

  • Explore a branching storyline with multiple endings: Your choices have an impact on how the story and game play unfolds.

  • A world of international espionage: Missions from all over the world, from Asia to Africa to the heart of the US. Experience extreme situations: underwater or in a sandstorm, hiding behind the dust or smoke - and even skydiving.

  • New authentic gadgets: Master the latest weapons and gadgets used by NSA government agents in addition to black-market terrorist weapons.

  • Innovative online play: The critically acclaimed multiplayer action of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell is back with entirely new innovations for each platform.

  • Talkback

    IceColdDecember 15, 2005

    FOUR titles in one generation? For shame, Ubisoft, for shame...guess they just had to make a new once since Burnout Revenge came out...

    Ian SaneDecember 15, 2005

    I remember when Splinter Cell was an exciting new franchise and when the first sequel was annouced I paid a lot of attention to it. Now I don't care. Nothing makes a series lose it's appeal faster than annual sequels. Splinter Cell is now as interesting as Tony Hawk, Tomb Raider or Crash Bandicoot. No one is going to care about it next gen.

    Typically you get two games a generation. Any more than that and it burns out too fast. Sometimes you can get away with three but it's really beneficial to leave your fanbase wanting more. By the time Splinter Cell comes out for the next gen the fans are going to be bored of it.

    KDR_11kDecember 15, 2005

    I wonder if GTA 4 will attract a fanbase?

    UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorDecember 15, 2005

    But hey, here's a third party that's not ignoring the GCN! Let's take our wins where we can, kay?

    ThePermDecember 15, 2005

    its a later-enough game that maybe it will have revolution features...like online play.

    NinGurl69 *hugglesDecember 15, 2005

    Maybe Ubi-Shanghai will give us another "unique" version and crap-out another PS2 port minus effort! Keep up the "support"!

    PryopizmStan Ferguson, Staff AlumnusDecember 15, 2005

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    Originally posted by: Professional 666
    Maybe Ubi-Shanghai will give us another "unique" version and crap-out another PS2 port minus effort! Keep up the "support"!


    Professional FTW

    Infernal MonkeyDecember 15, 2005

    They should just start adding the year to the end of each game, ala Madden. Splinter Cell 06, with new animation! All your favorite characters are back! Also features music from Sum 41!

    NinGurl69 *hugglesDecember 15, 2005

    BWUAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHA

    "Sorry, we can't buy pre-played Splinter Cell games more than 11 months old. Store policy. But you can trade in 4 Xbox360 games for $5 off towards a purchase of a Game Boy Micro!... where are you going?..."

    dack25December 15, 2005

    I use to like SC when the first one came out. Then when Pandora Tommorow came out I was split because I wasn't sure if I was going to get the PS2 or GCN version (even though I don't have broadband) and I got the PS2 version. The game froze up and it was a horrible port. Then there were reviews for the next game (Chaos Thoery) and it looked like they only spent time on the Xbox version (at least EA spends some time to make better ports). So this next version is probably only going to look or play good on the 360 or PC I'm sure.

    KnowsNothingDecember 15, 2005

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    FOUR titles in one generation? For shame, Ubisoft, for shame...

    If we count ports, handhelds, and announced games, that four jumps up to....twenty-nine! Impressive franchise whoring!

    odifiendDecember 15, 2005

    You guys have to remember that since Xbox360 is technically next gen, it isn't really 4 SC games in one generation.

    NinGurl69 *hugglesDecember 15, 2005

    Tell that to the Xbox, PS2, and GameCube versions.

    animecyberratDecember 15, 2005

    Well to be honest I never even layed a Splinter Cerll game before but I watched his Icons on G4 and am now more curious about the game.

    BTW Professional 666 I sent you an email and you never relied just wanted to ask if it was intentional or if my email got lost thanks.

    ShyGuyDecember 15, 2005

    Ubi still has a long way to go to match capcom with its Mega man and Street Fighter plethora s

    firecrackerdorkDecember 15, 2005

    4 of a series in one gen is fine. every splinter cell is great and worth buying (except the first one cuz no online play). i love u sam fisher

    PaLaDiNDecember 15, 2005

    See I'd have to disagree there. The only one worth buying is the third one. If you have the third one, no need to buy the others.

    I agree with the Madden analogy. I'd imagine the only Madden worth buying is the latest one (if you like Madden, which I don't).

    E3 Hype Train EngineerDecember 15, 2005

    hahaha, an Icons episode about a 4-year old game. Are modern gamers and journalists like 3? I suppose it'll be nominated for a star on the videogame Walk of Fame pretty soon.

    RennyDecember 16, 2005

    It's a very Xbox-friendly channel, isn't it? In related news, that infuriatingly pathetic surrogate of a games news show G4TV.com has finally been canned. (If you think it's all one big love-in at that site, there were plenty of criticizing comments as well, till they were removed of course. Seems Tina takes exception to being called a cun-.....)

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