Splinter Cell: Blacklist Releasing On Aug. 20

By Prarthito Maity email: p.maity@mobilenapps.com | Jan 17, 2013 09:59 AM EST

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A bit of a setback for all Sam Fisher fans.

Per reports, Ubisoft, via a brand new trailer, has announced that the company's upcoming action-adventure stealth title 'Splinter Cell: Blacklist' is now set for a delayed release, Aug. 20 to be precise.

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The game, originally set for a spring 2013 release, has now been further delayed, adding to the frustration of the franchise's fans. Although the company didn't offer any specific reason for the delay, Senior Producer Alex Parizeau, according to The Escapist, "hinted that the game, in a very general sense, just isn't ready for prime time."

"We've said it before, but this truly is the biggest game in the series - it has a huge scope. We've created a massive amount of content across all the game modes, from single player, to co-op and multiplayer, and we feel strongly that the game will benefit from taking the time we need for polish," Parizeau said. "We all saw how that decision helped another great Ubisoft franchise this past year with Far Cry and we have the same high expectations for our title."

Ubisoft, back in July 2012 at the E3, teased the newest installment of the 'Splinter Cell' franchise, announcing then that it would arrive in spring 2013. However, that decision, it seems, has been altered by the company to make the game better, and now fans are expected to wait a bit more before the final copy of the game hits the store shelves.

The new game will see Sam Fisher appointed as the acting commander of the newly-formed "Fourth Echelon" - an elite team of operatives, drawn from different agencies that operate in a mobile environment and travel the globe performing individual missions assigned by the President.

"The United States has a military presence in two thirds of the countries around the world. A group of 12 have had enough and initiate a terror ultimatum called the Blacklist - a deadly countdown of escalating terrorist attacks on US interests," the official page states.

Sam Fisher is the leader of the newly formed Fourth Echelon unit: a clandestine unit that answers solely to the President of the United States. Sam and his team must hunt down these terrorists by any means necessary, and stop the Blacklist countdown before it reaches zero."

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