This is a game which will turn the series on its head. Conviction is designed to make stealth a matter of setting up diversions and dealing with fluid enemies rather than tracking their movements to sneak under their radar. To put it crudely, from what Ubisoft has been willing to show so far, Conviction will take Assassin's Creed's ethos and put it in a modern day setting.
On the run following the events of Double Agent, Conviction catches up with a retired Sam, living out his days quietly in the Mediterranean, but tempted out of hiding to protect his friend Anna Grimsdóttír from a danger unknown. Hooking back up with Third Echelon proves less than rewarding, however, with Sam finding it riddled with red tape and mistrust. Play therefore follows Sam as he goes it alone, giving gamers their first real look in six years of Splinter Cell at what lies beneath his surface.