Ubisoft: Responses to 'Splinter Cell: Blacklist' are of the "kneejerk" category

When Ubisoft revealed Splinter Cell: Blacklist at E3 earlier this year, they showed off a scene that featured Sam Fisher involved in a torture scene.

While the game looked good and polished, that particular scene wasn't well received. Now Ubisoft is between a rock and a hard place with the Splinter Cell franchise. The franchise's previous title, Conviction, was not received very well and little is known about Blacklist. However, what we do know about the upcoming stealth-action title is that Ubisoft is going back to the Splinter Cell roots with the next title.

In a recent interview with Eurogamer, Blacklist's director David Footman states that your criticism towards the game is wrong and ill-advised.
“Everyone can make kneejerk reactions to a vertical slice of the game that are really uninformed as to what the whole experience is like."

“We really have to be patient as we roll out each item about the game.”

“The proof is always going to be in the pudding. Talk is talk, and it is just all talk right now. We really need to get a demo out there, for people to see how you can ghost levels, to see the gameplay. It seems to be an overreaction because people are just seeing the ‘pow!’, the explosiveness.”
Footman stated that the torture scene revealed at E3 was shown to invite reaction from the audience.
“What we showed at E3 was very explosive, very violent. That kind of stuff tends to get shown, but as we roll out different aspects of the game you’ll see a lot more diversity and lot more of what hardcore fans are expecting to see.”
Footman then stated that such footage is something that you might see in a real-world situation such as what was depicted.
“What people won’t say, but what they’ll dance around, is that is the price of freedom to protect Americans and their sedans and SUVs.”
Splinter Cell: Blacklist is scheduled for release in the spring of 2013.