Splinter Cell Blacklist is one of the most anticipated games of the year. Unfortunately, players will have to wait a few extra months thanks to the recentÂ delayÂ from its original spring date toÂ August 20th. Dedicated Tom Clancy video gameÂ enthusiasts have something extra to invest in for asÂ UbisoftÂ announced earlier this week the Paladin Aircraft Collector’s Edition for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 (no Collector’s edition for PC players that we know of yet).
With the Paladin edition, buyers will receive access to day one digital content, a Blacklist poster and a copy of Splinter Cell EchoesÂ (an 88-page graphic novel). However, not to be retroactively outdone byÂ remote control camera cars,Â night vision gogglesÂ orÂ legless-armless-headless women, Ubisoft has included something special to sate a gamer’s appetite for the excessive. The Splinter Cell BlacklistÂ Paladin Edition ships with a functional remote control C-147B Paladin Aircraft modeled after Fisher’s in-game mobile headquarters.
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist Collectorâ€™s Edition will retail for $169.99 and include:
- Tom Clacy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist video game.
- Remote Control C-147B Paladin Aircraft: Command the air with a customer 3-channel, dual engine aircraft modeled after the in-game Paladin mobile headquarters.
- Tom Clancy’s Splinter CellÂ® Echoes comic book: Limited 88-page graphic novel by Eisner-nominated comic book writer Nathan Emdondson and illustrator Marc Laming.
- Limited edition Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist poster.
- Exclusive Billionaire’s Yacht co-op map.
- Bonus Upper Echelon Pack with Dead Coast co-op map, Gold Sonar Goggles and Upper Echelon Suit.
Tom Clancyâ€™s Splinter Cell Blacklist Collectorâ€™s Edition is available for pre-order today exclusively at select retailers.
Looking beyond the Paladin, one of the more exciting pieces in the Collector’s Edition for franchise fans is actually the graphic novel, Splinter Cell Echoes.Â The novel, written by comic book writer Nathan Edmondson, bridgesÂ the gap betweenÂ ConvictionÂ andÂ Blacklist.
Do the offerings in the Collector’s edition make it purchase worthy for you? Or has the game yet to prove itself to you as a worthyÂ Splinter Cell installment?
After theÂ controversial E3 demoÂ this past year, many fans were concerned for the franchise’s future, feeling that it had been shifted more towards the shooter genre and away from stealth.Â BlacklistÂ director David Footman was quick to address this sentiment and promised the hardcore series fans a lot of diversity in missions and the ways players can carry them out. Stay tuned for our preview of theÂ Splinter Cell Blacklist single-player campaign as we get hands-on with the redesigned Sam Fisher.
Splinter Cell Blacklist launches on August 20, 2013 for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, but you can pre-order the Paladin Collector’s Edition for $169.99 today and ensure your day one copy of the game.