After years of rumors and disappointments, it got here as nice information for long-suffering followers when Ubisoft introduced in December 2021 that the stealth-action traditional Splinter Cell is getting a full remake (opens in new tab). However a few of these followers are feeling a bit of bit nervous following the information that David Grivel, the director on the venture, has left Ubisoft.
Grivel introduced his departure on his LinkedIn (opens in new tab) web page (by way of VGC), the place he stated that after 11 years at Ubisoft, “it’s now time for me to go on a brand new journey.”
“11 years is a very long time and summing it up in a single put up is quasi-impossible however I have to say, I’ve been fortunate,” Grivel wrote. “Fortunate to work with so many nice individuals over time. Made so many mates.
“From Ubisoft Paris (Ghost Recon Future Soldier), to Ubisoft Toronto (Splinter Cell Blacklist, Murderer’s Creed Unity, Far Cry Primal, 5, 6 and Splinter Cell Remake), I’ve had the chance to work on many franchises that I like as a gamer.”
Grivel is just one man, and studio staff—even these in management positions—transfer round with some regularity. Even so, the response to the information was not overly constructive.
“Nicely, that doesn’t bode effectively,” redditor AceRojo (opens in new tab) wrote. “A number of the issues with Conviction was the troubled improvement. Right here’s hoping they beat the percentages.”
“First there’s some critical points with Prince of Persia Remake and now this venture begins having issues as effectively.,” budyll66 (opens in new tab) added. “Oh, effectively… aha, it is Ubisoft!”
“I at all times attempt to be cautiously optimistic, and within the case of this remake that’s been the method I’ve taken thus far,” Revenant_XV (opens in new tab) wrote. “However I’ve nonetheless had little or no religion within the first place after being burned means too many instances by Ubisoft and now, what little religion I’ve left is getting shaky lol. Nonetheless gonna attempt to be open-minded but it surely will get tougher to do once you’ve seen warning indicators like this lots previously.”
The Splinter Cell remake is presumably nonetheless a great distance off, and a latest job itemizing (opens in new tab) made clear that the remake is just not going to be a note-for-note do-over, however fairly a ground-up rebuild that maintains “the spirit and themes of the unique recreation whereas exploring our characters and the world to make them extra genuine and plausible.” That appears like a correctly substantial problem for a recreation director, however Ubisoft stated that Grivel’s departure will not sluggish issues down.
“We will affirm that David Grivel has left Ubisoft and want to thank him for his contributions,” a Ubisoft spokesperson stated in a press release despatched to PC Gamer. “His departure is not going to influence the sport’s improvement.”