London, UNITED KINGDOM - September 27 - Ubisoft, one of the world's largest video game publishers, today announced that Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos TheoryTM will include the innovative co-operative multiplayer gameplay showcased at E3 2004, as well as the critically-acclaimed, wildly successful adversarial style of gameplay (known as 'versus mode') introduced by Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell® Pandora Tomorrow. Ubisoft's Montreal studio is developing both the single-player and cooperative multiplayer portions of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos TheoryTM, while Ubisoft's Annecy studio, developers of the versus mode of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell® Pandora Tomorrow, is creating the versus multiplayer campaign.
"Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell® Pandora Tomorrow offered an exciting multiplayer revolution with the first multiplayer online hide & seek gameplay ever. Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos TheoryTM expands this experience by adding a new and innovative co-operative multiplayer gameplay, where the player will have to work with a partner to gather intel, using stealth and smarts," said Florence Alibert, Marketing Director for Ubisoft's EMEA territories. "With Chaos TheoryTM, the latest and greatest instalment in the Splinter Cell® franchise, gamers will be able to enjoy both styles as they work together to prevent a global conflict of epic proportions, or fight against each other in the addictive adversarial mode."
ABOUT CO-OPERATIVE MULTIPLAYER
The new co-operative maps in Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos TheoryTM require players to work together to accomplish crucial intelligence-gathering objectives that are directly related to the plot of the single-player game. Pairs of operatives must develop trust and be willing to depend on one another as they use a host of new gadgets and team-based maneuvers to infiltrate enemy strongholds and help Sam Fisher defuse escalating conflicts around the world. In tandem, the operatives will help each other complete tasks such as scaling walls too high to climb alone, reaching pipes too high for one person and keeping watch while hacking enemy computers. Created to support online, System Link or split-screen game sessions, the specifically-designed, unique maps emphasize stealth gameplay based on shadow detection and AI stimulus, and will force players to attain a new level of strategic coordination using a headset and microphone, or talking each other through the tension from opposite ends of the sofa. A special co-op knife challenge mode offers additional ways for players to collaborate and further enhances replayability. Graphically rich, with impressive use of shadow, light, animations, physics and sound technology, the cooperative maps will push the limits of online play and reaffirm the Splinter Cell® franchise's position as the leader in multiplayer innovation.
ABOUT VERSUS MULTIPLAYER
The versus multiplayer gameplay of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell® Pandora Tomorrow completely revolutionized online gaming, and with Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos TheoryTM, this competitive, addictive game mode continues to evolve. Players will work as teams and will compete against each other by embodying either stealthy, third-person Shadow Net Spies with specific stealth objectives, or heavily armed, first-person Argus Mercenaries charged with protecting their compounds. In several completely new levels, players will have at their disposal a host of new cooperative maneuvers and interactions, gadgets and weapons, hand-to-hand combat actions, additional ways to taunt adversaries, and two game modes (scenario and disk hunt). With destructible items, integrated climate affects that directly impact gameplay and totally redesigned visuals designed to improve accessibility and immersion, the adversarial gameplay will make Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos TheoryTM the most diverse and immersive multiplayer game on the market.
About Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell® Chaos TheoryTM
The year is 2008. Citywide blackouts... stock exchange sabotage... electronic hijacking of national defense systems... this is information warfare, which has become the most dangerous threat to global stability. To prevent these attacks, you must infiltrate deep into hostile territory and aggressively collect critical intelligence, closer than ever to enemy soldiers. You are Sam Fisher, the NSA's most elite black-ops agent. To achieve your mission you will operate undetected, kill at close-range, attack with your combat knife, shoot with the modular SC20K rifle, and use radical suppression techniques such as the inverted neck break. Work alone, or enjoy the thrill of cooperative multiplayer infiltration missions, where teamwork is the ultimate weapon.
As the enemy evolves, so must you.
- EXCLUSIVE CLOSE-RANGE KILLS: From knife attacks to athletic hand-to-hand kills such as inverted neck breaks, dramatic ledge throws and other new moves
- CO-OP STEALTH: Play online or offline multiplayer with a friend and coordinate your infiltration in an all new multiplayer challenge
- REAL WEAPONS OF TOMORROW: The most complete arsenal of weapons and gadgets from the knife to the modular SC20K rifle
- AMAZING REPLAYABILITY: Totally open level design with multi-paths and optional secondary objectives
- ULTIMATE CHALLENGE: Intelligent enemies that make your mission more risky as you must get closer to them than ever before
- HIGH-RISK MISSIONS: Steal sensitive documents from under the nose of your enemies, takeout a terrorist surrounded by his bodyguards...
- AS GOOD AS REAL: Never-before-seen graphics technology offers the best visuals ever seen on any console. Advanced physics engine allows rag doll physics, particle effects and perfect interaction with the environment
- THRILLING SCENARIO: In-game gut wrenching sequences and gripping plot with multiple twists and turns
- VERSUS MULTIPLAYER LEVELS: Compete as teams of Shadow Net Spies or Argus Mercenaries in Pandora-style competitive levels. Enjoy new cooperative maneuvers and interactions, gadgets and weapons, hand-to-hand combat actions, additional ways to taunt adversaries, and two game modes (scenario and disk hunt)
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