Fans who responded with gamer rage when Splinter Cell: Blacklist was revealed, complaining about the stealth title’s apparent new, more action-oriented direction were uninformed, Blacklist director David Footman told Eurogamer. He believes the reaction was unwarranted.
“Everyone can make kneejerk reactions to a vertical slice of the game that are really uninformed as to what the whole experience is like,” Footman told the site. “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 went on to say that the they unveiled the “controversial” trailer for the game’s E3 2012 reveal because they wanted people to talk about it. Controversy sells.
“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.
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 will see a release in Spring 2013 on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.