Remember that Splinter Cell: Blacklist presentation from last year’s E3? Remember when Sam Fisher shoved a knife in between an insurgent’s shoulder and throat and twisted it to extract information? Well, if you play the game this August, do not look forward to that scene – it was cut. That is right; the game about terrorism is having torture scene cut from it – even though we have established in the real world on more than one occasion that torture is a more-than exceptional means of extracting information.
Apparently, there was a negative reaction to the images in the presentation. It offended the likes of Tom Bissell for example, who claimed that after seeing the trailer he, “spent a couple days feeling ashamed of being a gamer, of playing or liking military games, of being interested in any of this disgusting bulls*** at all.” Right.
Andrew Wilson, producer on Splinter Cell: Blacklist, commented on his own personal reaction to the negativity, citing that, “it wasn’t nice to see any negative reaction to something you’ve thrown your life into… there was missing context – and in an unabridged snapshot, it seemed like pretty tough material.” Wilson and Ubisoft have promised that the game will stand on its own two feet and will not be effected by the cut scene. One wonders why they simply did not implement a back-door out of the scene a la Modern Warfare 2‘s airport massacre.
Splinter Cell: Blacklist is being developed by Ubisoft and will be released on August 20th, 2013 for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.