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Ubisoft is resurrecting beloved ‘Spies vs Mercs’ multiplayer in Splinter Cell: Blacklist

Ubisoft is resurrecting beloved ‘Spies vs Mercs’ multiplayer in Splinter Cell: Blacklist

Ubisoft announced yesterday that it is reviving Splinter Cell's long-lost multiplayer mode, Spies vs Mercenaries, in the series' next game, Splinter Cell: Blacklist.

The trailer that accompanied the announcement is light on details – as these sorts of things usually are – and is basically a long-winded way of saying “Spies vs Mercs is back and it's going to be cool,” but frankly I don't need more than that to get excited about the revival of one of the most unique takes on objective-based multiplayer of the past decade.

Though it doesn't offer much in the way of concrete detail, the trailer does show off a few new gadgets that players will be able to use like self-destructing drones and invisibility cloaks. The big new addition is that this incarnation seems to be playable with up to eight players whereas past games were 2v2 or 3v3. The trailer never explicitly says as much, but several scenes feature four characters on either team.

It was nearly a decade ago when Ubisoft introduced Spies vs Mercs to a gaming world that was achingly tired of deathmatch with the release of Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow. But after Splinter Cell: Double Agent released in 2006, Spies vs Mercs vanished from the series without much explanation.

Blacklist releases on August 20, 2013.