Splinter Cell Essentials confirmed for spring 2006

Ubisoft reveals that Sam Fisher's first PSP outing will be both a prequel and a sequel, featuring new and old content. First screens inside.

In a financial report last March, Ubisoft revealed that the Splinter Cell series was coming to the PSP. Nine months later, it let slip that the stealth action series' debut on Sony's portable would be titled Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Essentials. Finally, last week it confirmed rumors that the game would have a "prequel aspect."

However, it wasn't until today that the publisher officially announced Essentials, revealing a bevy of details. The publisher said the game will feature new content by virtue of being both a sequel to Splinter Cell Double Agent and a prequel to the entire series. "Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Essentials starts where Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent ends," the company said in a statement, "and takes players to the years before Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell when Sam was still a Navy SEAL."

But although Ubisoft is pushing the fact that Essentials will sport "unique gameplay sequences designed specifically for the on-the-go nature of handheld gaming," it did admit the game will feature recycled levels. "Discover the untold story of Sam Fisher through flashbacks to various missions from the entire Splinter Cell franchise, including Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent," said Ubisoft.

As far as gameplay details are concerned, Essentials will (obviously) center on the stealth elements that made the Splinter Cell series famous. The game will feature all the weapons and items from Sam Fisher's previous arsenals, along with some all-new items. It will also feature the spy-versus-spy multiplayer mode introduced in Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow, which will (naturally) be playable via the PSP's Wi-Fi capabilities.

Last but certainly not least, Ubisoft reconfirmed that the game is due in spring 2006, meaning it will ship in a matter of months. Currently, online retailers and rental outlets are listing it with a tentative late- or mid-March date.

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Discussion

32 comments
sagworth
sagworth

splinter cell kicks metal gears ass. the camera is like a thousand times better. the moves and stealth tactics and they way you can mess around with your enemies by taunting them makes this way better. now end of discussion. PERIOD.

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

a sequal and a prequal? hmm....

Yagami-Iori
Yagami-Iori

MORE games that are from the PS2 for the PSP? At this rate, I'm never gonna get one, because there is not enough original titles to justify a 250 dollar purchase

Atarii
Atarii

I wonder how well the controls will be? Only time will tell....

rencie
rencie

The prequel element is appealing -- I hope they'll also bring elements to the PC as well! :D

gamepunk86
gamepunk86

It sounds cool but I am tired of companies scared of releasing a full stand alone game for the psp. I mean, "discover the untold story through previous mission levels" come on, that's just an excuse to re-use a level. Hopefully, those missions will be limited.

TheVeEJ
TheVeEJ

Well it sounds intresting, if they balance the freaking knife. I mean in CT it was pathetic, you could kill anyone with total ease. Where in the orignial, it was a fresh idea using your enviroment to hide and despose of your enemy, not to freaking run around knifing people with the knife. (but i admit that the knife was cool to use, a bit cheap) It sounds like a really good the game, i just hope they balance the knife, and make the story line better than the last game CT

elheber
elheber

The news said.. "spy-versus-spy multiplayer mode introduced in Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow"... this HAS to be a mistake. There has only been spy-versus-merc and co-op multiplayer modes in Splinter Cell.

diggyzoom
diggyzoom

" seprequel " it is ! , im so there dude

MrPsycohed
MrPsycohed

A sequel/prequel. I hereby dub it a "seprequel."

LordOfMidnight
LordOfMidnight

Nice that they are mixing the story times up a bit.

nemes1s3000
nemes1s3000

God I hope they make a Hitman game for the PSP.

Poltergeist13
Poltergeist13

Is that all the PSP gets, rehacked version of coexisting console games. That and the 50 dollar price tags (on most games) are why I'm glad I've gotten rid of my PSP.

MrCHUP0N
MrCHUP0N

Old levels and flashbacks... sounds like every other stinking console->PSP adaptation to me. Only thing worse would be to make a horrid, choppy port of Chaos Theory... oh wait, they already did that on DS. Can either portable get a decent, ORIGINAL version of a third-party console intellectual property? Yeesh. (Overgeneralizing, I am, but it's merited.)

santana4064
santana4064

alright finally psp is getting some good games coming out, i might actually get one

StanleyL
StanleyL

Flashbacks? Darn, I was hoping for some time travel...

Donkeljohn
Donkeljohn

Everybody's going prequel these days. . .

KIELW93
KIELW93

splinter cell+PSP= nirvana. that's how I feel about it!

Jared_Vegeta
Jared_Vegeta

I'll have to wait for the review, but this might just be the game that makes me get a PSP.

hotapplepie
hotapplepie

Oh man I love splinter cell and the PSP both oof them togather makes a giant ball of love

fatam
fatam

splinter cell is good on the present day consoles and looked good on x-box anyways and played good. the PSP is a good piece of mobile hardware and should be good and better than the DS version.

solsub
solsub

Metal Gear owns Splinter Cell. The MGS games are, have always been and always will be better than the Splinter Cell games. End of discussion.

muego
muego

I just can't wait for this one. A PSP must buy.

axes03
axes03

Chaos theory was just plain awesome.it totaly kicked solid snakes ass.since metal gear has that freakin card game im rooting for another fisher victory this time on the psp.burn snake BURN!!!!!!!!

sirlordraven
sirlordraven

Rehashed levels and multiplayer that sounds like it'll be adhoc then actual online - great.

xxPantherxx
xxPantherxx

sounds pretty cool... hopefully it just doesn't pan out like the DS Splinter Cell