Maxime Béland Talks Splinter Cell Blacklist

In a revealing conversation with Joystiq, Ubisoft’s Maxime Béland, creative director of Splinter Cell Blacklist, talked at length about the work put into making Blacklist a far more successful experience than Conviction, which he said as a “sweet and sour” experience due to his having come in late in the game and not having felt entirely satisfied with it. Among the topics, he talked about building Blacklist with different play styles in mind.

“We have these three player profiles, player archetypes in our heads,” he said. “We have the ghost player, that doesn’t want to kill or get detected. We’ve got our action/tank/killer player on the other end of the spectrum, that just wants to throw frag grenades, blind fire, shoot people in the head. And then in the middle, we have what we call the panther. So we’re building the game with those three archetypes in mind.”

That’s promising. Also promising, the scope fo the game. “We’re making a much bigger singleplayer story, co-op, spies vs mercs,” Béland said. “And blurring the lines between all of these modes, I think, is going to make this a huge game.”

There’s more, all worth reading, over on Joystiq. Blacklist comes out spring, 2013.

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2 Comments on Maxime Béland Talks Splinter Cell Blacklist


On September 13, 2012 at 4:23 pm

I still hate the fact that they’re still using Sam Fisher sans Michael Ironside. You’d think Sam would retire after Conviction with getting his life back together at the end. I would’ve loved to see a new protagonist step in to better explain Sam’s greater agility and “killing in motion” style, it’s just not the same Sam Fisher to me. I hate the idea of using Sam Fisher as a ‘James Bond’ character, because other Tom Clancy characters have realistically moved on with their lives/careers in their own games, such as Mitchell commanding the Ghosts in Future Soldier.


On September 16, 2012 at 7:32 am

Yeah, Sharkey, I agree. I love Sam Fisher, but it’s his time to step down, he’s getting kinda old to be doing stuff like this… especially with them saying he’s faster, etc… Unless they tried to do a prequel or something… but that’s not the case.