In a recent interview with Gamingbolt, Ubisoft Creative Director Max Beland intimated his thoughts on the Wii U version of Splinter Cell: Blacklist. Specifically, he believes that the Wii U is a natural fit for Sam Fisher’s latest exploit.
Splinter Cell Blacklist as a game is a great fit for the Wii U. What’s fun and interesting is that Sam Fisher has an OPSAT in the game that he uses in the same way players can use the Wii U gamepad when playing Splinter Cell Blacklist. Sam uses his OPSAT to control gadgets like the triorotor, which the player can also do using the gamepad. I’m proud of the fact that our Wii U implementation makes sense in the Splinter Cell universe, it feels like a really natural platform for Splinter Cell Blacklist
The breadth of tactical options that the OPSAT offers through the gamepad and the level of immersion that can be achieved by tying the two together is impressive. This will be the marquee feature of the Wii U version of the game. It offers new mechanics that bridge the gap between the virtual and physical worlds to give you the opportunity to feel as if you are actually using future tech to take out enemies.
Beyond specifics about Splinter Cell, Max also shared why he and his studio have enthusiasm for the Wii U as a platform moving forward.
Ubisoft Toronto is looking at new technology and seeing in which ways their features make sense to use for our brands. As I mentioned earlier, using the Wii U gamepad for Splinter Cell Blacklist makes sense. It’s an extension for what Sam does in the game. It’s great feeling when new technology immerses the player into gameplay in a fun and realistic way.
Seeing the push that many developers are making toward a second screen experience, the Wii U looks to be in a good position to take advantage of the ideas as they are fleshed out in future franchises. This and other third party games will give a good idea of some of the more immersive uses of the Gamepad, while Nintendo are likely to be responsible themselves for some of the more creative. They did create the second screen movement, after all.
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