Ubisoft believes gamers are "clamouring" for titles such as Splinter Cell: Blacklist.
While many may disagree with Ubisoft Toronto game director Patrick Redding's words -- including myself -- the developer said players want to see the sort of action-adventure gameplay that Splinter Cell: Blacklist will deliver.
"Fans are clamouring for it. They’re really hungry for it. I think something that we’re seeing is there’s been a real renaissance in action-adventure. And I think that we’re able to take a lot of the unique features of the Splinter Cell world and really embrace that opportunity.
"Players would like to have this kind of taut experience in a realistically rendered world, with a really good storyline, and with a hero who is lethal and efficient whose shoes they can step into. And I think we’ve got all three of those things."
Personally, Splinter Cell: Blacklist seems to borrow an awful lot from Ubisoft's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, which has undoubtedly led to the series detracting from its roots.
Splinter Cell: Blacklist is due for a release during the spring of 2013.