5 Things We Want from the Splinter Cell Remake

The Splinter Cell remake should stick to what makes the franchise a classic, while also bringing in new, fresh gameplay for modern audiences. Here are 5 things we’re hoping for in the remake as we get closer to the release date.

5 Things We Want From the Splinter Cell Remake

Ubisoft revealed back in December that 2002’s Splinter Cell will be getting a remake — more than 20 years after its original release. While not a brand new title like many fans have hoped for, the remake is certainly a welcome addition to Splinter Cell‘s repertoire. The franchise has garnered a lot of love for its methodical stealth gameplay and iconic character, Sam Fisher. We hope the newest game preserves what makes Splinter Cell a classic, while also bringing in new, fresh gameplay for modern audiences.

Sadly we did not hear more news about the remake during the Ubisoft Forward in September. So, we’ll just have to settle on making wishlists until further information is revealed. Here are 5 things we’re hoping for in the Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell remake.


Multiplayer was first introduced in the 2004 title Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow with the Spies vs Mercs mode. In this, players face each other in a series of different objectives. Vying for points, the overarching competition is between the stealth-focused Spies and action-focused Mercenaries. The gameplay is intensely competitive and fosters fierce rivalries since each team must use its unique skills and resources to outwit its opponents. The popular mode was brought back in the 2013 title Splinter Cell: Blacklist but was unfortunately taken offline by Ubisoft in 2022.  

With ample opportunities to perfect stealthy plays, Spies vs Mercs is a huge amount of fun. Coordinating a stealth attack on the enemy with a gaming buddy brought another level of enjoyment to an already entertaining game. Simultaneously popping out of the shadows in order to coordinate a synchronized attack on the enemy team will never not be ridiculously fun.  The mode has become well-loved with Splinter Cell fans, and we would love to see it return in the remake.

In addition to this, the standalone cooperative campaign deserves a comeback in the Splinter Cell remake. Cooperative gameplay has been present since Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, so it can easily be said that gamers have come to expect it from the series. Teaming up with a friend to re-experience the original title will be a covert fun time.  There’s nothing quite like tight-knit teamwork to add some spice to the shadowy gameplay. 

The Splinter Cell remake needs the Spies vs Mercs multiplayer mode.

The Splinter Cell remake needs the Spies vs Mercs multiplayer mode.

Don’t Stray Too Far from the Original

Ubisoft confirmed that the remake will not be open-world, and it will stick with the linear design from the original story. With a recent pattern of Ubisoft straying towards open-world designs like in Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry, this is a breath of fresh air to gamers who were nervous the company would introduce this new industry meta into the remake. 

While open-world games can be a ton of fun, they are often huge time-drainers with the colossal amount of sidequests and exploring. The open-world Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, for example, takes 137 hours to totally complete. That is a longer playtime of more than 100 hours compared to the more linear Assassin’s Creed II. This may seem like a great thing at first glance, but open-world games can be tedious and time-consuming. 

While new content and story are definitely welcome in the Splinter Cell remake, it needs to stick to its guns and allow the story to play out in a way closer to its roots. It’s expected that players get a quality, linear stealth experience. 

Splinter Cell Remake: Stepping Out of the Shadows | Ubisoft [NA]

Please No Battle Pass 

Maybe this is just old-school purism talking, but Ubisoft should avoid any battle pass in this remake. The grinding mindset of a battle pass can make playing any game seem like a chore. Only a few days left to get to tier 100? Say goodbye to your weekend unless you want to miss out on content you’ll otherwise be unable to get. 

Trapping exclusive content behind this sort of wall will cast a dark shadow on the game. What makes the game great is its unique and iconic stealth-based gameplay, not cosmetics and exclusive gear. The Splinter Cell remake should keep to the heart of the franchise.

New Tech

The original Splinter Cell was released 20 years ago. That means a ton of new, modern tech has come into the world since then. We hope Sam Fisher’s gadget arsenal reflects this change. A modernized story will be a welcomed revamp. While we would love to be teleported to the zeitgeist of 2003, the world we live in today is vastly different. 

That being said, the Splinter Cell remake should keep to the original spirit, and not go overboard with contemporary modifications. We still want the remake to be, well, still the classic Splinter Cell. We don’t want to totally get lost in changes and upgrades. It’s important to straddle the line between new and old. 

The Splinter Cell remake should include iconic stealthy gameplay.

The Splinter Cell remake should include iconic stealthy gameplay.

Stealth-Based, Not Combat-Oriented

The stealth gameplay is what made Splinter Cell the celebrated franchise it is today. The player’s ability to use lights and shadows as cover, utilize the environment to get around, and employ a variety of stealth gadgets were all revolutionary to the industry at the time of its initial release. 

Splinter Cell: Conviction made an effort to appeal to a larger audience by shifting away from a system centered on stealth and focusing more on combat gameplay. However, this aggressive playstyle has very little alignment with the game’s original roots. The Splinter Cell remake can introduce itself as a strong title for the stealth gaming community, but it needs to return to its core features and ideas.  Ubisoft should carefully balance its gameplay choices, and capture the stealth appeal of the first game. It’ll be like extending an olive branch to the hardcore fans of the series. 

That concludes the 5 things we want from the Splinter Cell remake. There seems to still be a long way off before we get any official release date announcement, but our hopes are high for when the title finally arrives. Did any of these hopes make your list? What would you add? Let us know in the comments and on our Twitter

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