Ubisoft has decided to cut the controversial torture scene which appeared in the E3 reveal of Splinter Cell Blacklist, after receiving negative reactions to it.
Following the June footage, which had Sam Fisher plunging a knife into his captive’s throat and twisting to get the enemy to give up some intelligence, many complained about the more brutal direction the series appeared to be taking.
Developer, Ubisoft Toronto, has responded to the negative reaction via the game’s producer Andrew Wilson at a press event in Paris last week: “The first thing I’d say about that is that possibly there was missing context – and in an unabridged snapshot, it seemed like pretty tough material. We’ve scaled a lot of that back, and as we’ve gone through the process of development there are always things that you feel are not working as well. Every game does this, and cuts certain things.”
“Definitely we are not going to see when the game’s coming out that there are torture scenes in it. That scene is not there any more. I’ve not really heard anyone say they loved it…”
Wilson was keen however to point out the scene wasn’t necessarily representative of Blacklist’s overall tone, with the scene actually being a small, optional part of the game.
“Because the nature of E3, there are certain things that are easier to demonstrate,” Wilson said of the decision to lead with the noisier side of the game. “Obviously we were up on stage at the beginning, and it’s quite hard to get the value of a stealth playthrough in that environment. We would have got a negative reaction if we showed that kind of stuff.”