Rather than sticking to tested and true format of a standard main menu, Ubisoft has decided to opt for a very different and interesting approach when it comes to having players navigate the game options in Splinter Cell: Blacklist.
In order to access the missions and/or modes of the game, players will be controlling the protagonist, Sam Fisher, around a central hub area. There are reportedly several agents throughout this area who will give Sam different missions, and the premise behind this approach is to continue the player’s immersion in the game. Maxime Beland, the creative director, said that he was tired of different modes in games feeling disconnected from one another and that he would rather everything be connected.
The main hub area will be a plane, said to be the operating center of the now covert Fourth Echelon, and it will be possible to actually upgrade the plane as you earn money from the various game modes. Doing so will increase the in-game radar and the rate of health regeneration in both solo and co-op missions.
Beland has made it clear that he does not want the solo campaign to feel like a tutorial section of the game before the player tackles the competitive modes. He wants the entire game experience to be up to the gamer, with no specific order to play the modes in, as all of them will reward you for playing.
“If you want, you could buy the game, skip the first mission, and play 30 hours of co-op with your friends, go through the entire co-op content […] Just like an MMO, if you want to not do the quests and just grind on the side until you’re super strong, you can do it, it’s your game.”
Splinter Cell: Blacklist will be available on the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and the Wii U on August 23 and August 30 in Europe and North America respectively.
Source: Digital Spy
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