Splinter Cell: Blacklist for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC has Sam Fisher continuing toward more action-oriented gameplay over his calculated stealth roots, as was the case in series revamp, 2010’s Splinter Cell Conviction. The storyline, just like the gameplay, picks up where America’s most feared covert ops protagonist left off, having saved the President and with the corrupt Third Echelon shut down.
The President sets up a new agency, conveniently dubbed “the Fourth Echelon”, and Sam Fisher is brought back into the fold. Of course, Fisher has demands, according to creative director Maxime Beland: “His team, his rules and he answers solely to the President.”
With that, we’re greeted with this gameplay demo, which walks us through a Splinter Cell: Blacklist mission in which Sam Fisher is on the Iran-Iraq border undercover with terrorists. The overarching story of Blacklist is that a group of rogue nations are prepared to execute a series of attacks aimed at the United States and they so nicely put their plans into a leaked list known as - you guessed it - the blacklist.
It’s up to you, as Sam Fisher, to mingle with these terrorists and uncover more details about the attacks on the Blacklist and stop them from happening. Apparently, the blacklist isn't detailed enough, so that why we find Sam on the Iran-Iraq border.
Watch the ten-minute Splinter Cell: Blacklist demo from Ubisoft for more on this highly-anticipated game, which has a Spring 2013 release date.