Submitted by gaminoz 1080d ago | article

Splinter Cell: Blacklist: Blame Avatar tech for Michael Ironside’s Absence, states Ubisoft


"Too old for this sh**?

Being a massive fan of the franchise since day 1 of the first title, I anxiously (but professionally) grilled our presenter of the game after our behind-closed-doors presentation at E3 2012.

The answer is reasonable, but fans still may not be happy." (E3, PC, PS3, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Ubisoft, Xbox 360)

Proeliator  +   1080d ago
I think the game will be fine, it'll just take some getting used to as the author says.
gaminoz  +   1080d ago
It'll be more about action though it seems?
Proeliator  +   1080d ago
As I said on this OXCGN sites other article about the game, Conviction was a fantastic video game but a terrible SC game.

I think this one may be the same way... looking forward to the return of svm though. Interested in what they have to say about it.
gaminoz  +   1080d ago
I love Ironside. His gritty sardonic tone cannot be repeated.

I'll miss him :(
Proeliator  +   1080d ago
He made the humor better, too...
user5467007  +   1080d ago
I think there could of been a way for Ubisoft to get past this problem...I don't know how myself but it can't be impossible.

A younger actor huh....I wonder if really it was just cheaper to get a new actor to do it instead. I'd be ticked off it that was true, he might not be the action star he once was but he still might of been able to pull it off.

Richard McGonagle is 65, older then Ironside, and he does all the motion capturing for Uncharted...I mean of course he dosen't play Drake getting involved in almost every action scene but still he gets his fair share of the action while acting it out.
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BadCircuit  +   1080d ago
Ironside had menace and sarcasm down pat.

I guess with less subtle gameplay comes less subtle voice acting...
FinaLXiii  +   1080d ago
BootHammer  +   1080d ago
That does stink but maybe the new motion capture tech will make up for it and make the game that much more realistic.
BadCircuit  +   1080d ago
That's the hope. I don't mind the action myself, if it is different enough from the others.

I'm not sure most gamers these days have the patience for gameplay like the original Splinter Cell.
theWB27  +   1080d ago
I'm a little dissapointed but ill be too engrossed with slicing throats to let it ruin the experience. Richard McGonagle didn't do anywhere near the action scenes to render him useless. Im guessing he was Sully.
Gigawatt25  +   1080d ago
Pretty pathetic excuse. They didn't have to use the technology. Plus a great voice actor can easily make it sound genuine.
BadCircuit  +   1080d ago
I thought he sounded fairly close, but he just can't match that nuanced speech Ironside can.
PirateThom  +   1080d ago
They didn't have to use the tech, but this is the direction the industry is going towards. Voice actors are no longer just voice actors.
barb_wire  +   1080d ago
You know they made Jeff Bridges 30yrs younger in 'TRON Legacy' don't know why they can't apply the same reasoning to Michael Ironside for 'Splinter Cell'
BadCircuit  +   1080d ago
Maybe Ironside has a dodgy back? Can't climb walls no more?
NCAzrael  +   1080d ago
I call bullshit. Is it seriously not possible to have the MoCap actor say the lines so that the animating software gets the movement for the mouth correct and then have Ironside record the lines while watching a reel of the animations to make sure he's matching the character? I'm no professional film maker, but I'm pretty sure animated films have been doing this since they first made a cartoon where people talked.
DevilishSix  +   1080d ago
I know right, ubi is in full on damage control, but for me no ironside no buy. There is plenty of other games to play and now since its mostly action and little sthealth, these games are a dime a dozen. Ironside voice would be the only thing left keeping the series a resemblance of its former self and cohesive.
MasterD919  +   1080d ago
Couldn't they just have gotten someone else to do all the motion capture stuff and allowed Ironside to just do a recorded voice over?

Why would someone at his age need to be fitted for a suit when they could hire anyone else?

Clearly, Ubisoft wants to avoid cutting a fat check to Ironside.
Servbot41  +   1080d ago
Can't keep the original voice actor because of GRAFFIX. Man, what a great excuse.
DevilishSix  +   1080d ago
SC will not be SC without the character voice we grew to love for a decade. No Ironside, no buy for me.

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