Splinter Cell remake - everything we know so far

Concept art showing Sam Fisher creeping into a dimly lit room. He is holding a silenced pistol and wearing all black
(Image credit: Ubisoft)

It feels like the Splinter Cell remake has been on its way for a decent few years now, which isn't helped by the fact it's been a while since we heard anything official about the game. From what we've seen so far, the team behind the remake appears to be aiming to rebuild the stealth game for an all-new audience without straying too far from the source material. But, as we've said, it's been a while since we've had an update on its progress.

Despite this evident lack of updates, it's still easy to see why the Splinter Cell remake is one of the most anticipated upcoming games on the horizon, given just how groundbreaking the original game was when it was released in 2002. Arguably, it paved the way for the third-person stealth games that followed, and we expect the remake to offer up this classic experience but retooled for a more modern experience. 

Here's everything we know about the Splinter Cell remake so far, including a look at the initial announcement and any news that has come out since. 

Splinter Cell remake: cut to the chase

  • What is it? A remake of 2002's Splinter Cell
  • When does it come out? TBC
  • What can I play it on? TBC
  • Who makes it? Ubisoft

Splinter Cell remake trailer

Ubisoft released a video announcing the Splinter Cell remake in December 2021. In addition to the announcement, the video also delves into the history of the Splinter Cell series and how it changed the identity of Ubisoft, taking the Toronto-based studio from working on Rayman, a bright and colorful platformer, and thrusting it into the AAA lifestyle. 

Ubisoft hasn't released any more Splinter Cell remake trailers as of yet, but you can find more deep dives into the classic stealth series on Ubisoft's official YouTube channel

Splinter Cell remake story and setting

Sam Fisher perched on a railing on a balcony, watching the shadow of a person standing inside

(Image credit: Ubisoft)

We know that the Splinter Cell remake will revisit the world and story from the first game released in 2002. 

The original plot starts with two undercover US operatives that go missing in Georgia, leading to black ops agent Sam Fisher being sent in to investigate. As Sam searches for the missing agents, he uncovers a larger plot surrounding a corrupt government and nuclear missiles. 

It's unclear how much of this plot will remain in the Splinter Cell remake, however, as Ubisoft confirmed in a (now deleted) job listing from September 2022 (via Tech4Gamers) that it is "rewriting and updating the story for a modern-day audience". 

"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," the listing stated. So, while producer Matt West has previously established Ubisoft wants to ensure the "spirit of the early games remains intact," expect a few updates.

Splinter Cell remake gameplay

Sam Fisher is perched up high, looking at a group of armed men as they intimidate hostages on the ground below

(Image credit: Ubisoft)

In the announcement blog post, producer Matt West revealed that the Splinter Cell remake is being built from the ground up, so players can expect visual and design updates. West also confirmed, contrary to rumor, the remake will be linear and not feature an open world. At present, further details haven't been shared on Splinter Cell remake's gameplay.

However, as this is a remake of the original title, we can expect that the hallmarks that made Splinter Cell so iconic will be present here. Stealth was always the operative goal in this series; using the environment around you, the lighting, and flexible movement was preferable rather than brute forcing your way through obstacles.  

Splinter Cell remake news

Sam Fisher grapples with a man in a smashed up bathroom

(Image credit: Ubisoft)

The Splinter Cell remake is being built on Ubisoft's Snowdrop engine
Ubisoft has confirmed the Splinter Cell remake is being developed on its Snowdrop engine, which is also being used for its upcoming Star Wars game and was used for Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora.

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Elie Gould
Features Writer

Elie is a Features Writer for TechRadar Gaming, here to write about anything new or slightly weird. Before writing for TRG, Elie studied for a Masters at Cardiff University JOMEC in International Journalism and Documentaries – spending their free time filming short docs or editing the gaming section for their student publications. 

Elie’s first step into gaming was through Pokémon but they've taken the natural next step in the horror genre. Any and every game that would keep you up at night is on their list to play - despite the fact that one of Elie’s biggest fears is being chased. 

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