Avid readers may remember there was some controversy over some Splinter Cell: Blacklist‘s gameplay seen at E3 last year. The violence — in particular a scene in which Sam Fisher is seen torturing a person — turned many away.
Blacklist‘s director David Footman was quick to defend his game, saying that once people actually play the game and see what game play choices can be made, the truth will come out and that much criticism was ‘uninformed’.
Fast forward to today and Andrew Wilson, Blacklist‘s producer, has admitted to Eurogamer that the game will now contain exactly zero torture scenes, with Ubisoft Toronto having scaled the violence back. They stand by what they said at the time, admitting the action side of the game is far easier to showcase at an event like E3 than the stealth side, and that what was seen was taken out of context of the rest of the game.
“We’ve scaled a lot of that back,” he said, “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.”
That now infamous torture scene (and any others we might not have seen yet) have been completely removed, though. “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.”