Don’t look now, but yet another gaming favorite is stepping into the salon for an HD beautification treatment. This time around it’s Sam Fisher and the original Splinter Cell trilogy of games that will receive the high definition makeover and be available for the PlayStation 3 in 2011. Ubisoft has in fact confirmed this previously speculated news, but hasn’t shared any additional details.
The three games in question are Splinter Cell, Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow and Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory. Available only on last generation consoles, these entries in the Sam Fisher saga seem light years away from the much more hardened, on-edge versions of the one-man, goggled wrecking crew that has been portrayed by Splinter Cell: Double Agent and Splinter Cell: Conviction. Not to mention, these earlier titles feature gameplay mechanics that are little a more straight-forward than what this generation has brought fans of the series. Either way, the collection will serve has a nice history lesson for those who have only recently discovered the franchise, and it will also be a refreshing reminder of how far the series has come and evolved for long-time die-hard fans.
It will be interesting to see whether or not any of the original “mercs vs. spies” multiplayer portions will be made available. The unique multiplayer experience is a favorite for fans of the series, and many still hold a place in their hearts for the earlier iterations.
It will also be interesting to see whether or not any of the Splinter Cell HD games actually make it to a Blu-ray disc at all. Ubisoft is currently in the midst of releasing high definitions do-overs of last generation’s Prince of Persia trilogy in three installments on the PlayStation Network. Since Ubisoft hasn’t given any more information to go on, it’s quite possible that Sam Fisher will only be made available through the tubes as well. Also, much like Prince of Persia, there’s no word on whether or not Splinter Cell will hit the Xbox 360.
Whether you’re a fan of these numerous HD remakes or not, they apparently keep making enough money to give developers and publishers reason enough to keep releasing them, and to possibly ensure that backwards compatibility is a thing of the past. Will you be purchasing the prettier Sam Fisher next year, or is the Splinter Cell Trilogy one remake too many?