Splinter Cell To Be A Wii Launch Title

IGN are reporting that Ubisoft’s Montreal Studio is hard at work on a Wii version of Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Double Agent. The compnay has already announced seven Wii launch window games but this is the first one they announced will be available the same day the console hit store shelves.

“We are very excited to bring Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Double Agent to the Wii this holiday season,” said Tony Key, vice president of marketing at Ubisoft. “The Splinter Cell franchise has always translated very well across multiple platforms and we are confident that the Wii version will continue the tradition of maximizing the capabilities of each respective video game console platform.

Key features for the action-stealth game, as follows:

* Dual objectives to fulfill: NSA government agents and terrorists will each want you to accomplish opposing tasks at the same time
* Discover the tension of being a double agent: Use actual tactics employed by today’s real-life double agents to sabotage the terrorists’ plans
* Explore a branching storyline with multiple endings: Your choices have an impact on how the story and game play unfolds
* A world of international espionage: Missions from all over the world, from Asia to Africa to the heart of the US.
* Experience extreme situations: underwater or in a sandstorm, hiding behind the dust or smoke – and even skydiving
* New authentic gadgets: Master the latest weapons and gadgets used by NSA government agents in addition to black-market terrorist weapons

The Wii version of Splinter Cell Double Agent is based on both the PlayStation 2 and GameCube builds, with enhancements made to gameplay and graphics. Ubisoft confirmed to IGN Wii that the game will lack some of the missions in the forthcoming Xbox 360 build, but will boast all-new controls specifically catered for Nintendo’s console.

Double Agent will make use of both the Wii-mote and nunchuck attachment. Ubisoft Montreal is still play-testing the controls in order to further refine everything and therefore was unwilling to describe in detail the exact control methods in place. However, it did cite one example, which is that players will be able to shake the Wii-mote to and from in order to make Sam Fisher pick locks in the game.

No online component is planned for the Wii version. Downloadable content through Nintendo’s WiConnect24 service is still up in the air. Splinter Cell Double Agent is set for release on Wii during the console’s launch window, which very likely means it’ll arrive sometime in early or mid-November.