Toronto studio Ubisoft teamed up with Soap Creative to develop an integrated mobile companion to Splinter Cell Blacklist.
The game, released August 20th across PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U and PC platforms, is the latest in the popular Splinter Cell series, and marks the return of Tom Clancy’s Sam Fisher character. Soap Creative helped Ubisoft extend the game’s Strategic Mission Interface, while also adding three AAA mobile games that let players continue their Splinter Cell Blacklist experience while on the go. Ubisoft and Soap Creative hope that the mobile games will not only appeal to hardcore fans of the franchise by allowing them to earn currency transferable to Splinter Cell Blacklist, but also attract new gamers with an experience that can function independent of the console game.
“Companion experiences are creating new players and a broader universe for them to enjoy, even among the most established franchises,” says Matt Griswold, managing partner at Soap. Splinter Cell certainly qualifies as an established franchise, with a pretty large audience already willing to shell out for the latest in the series. The question is whether adding mobile games will help them convert new fans.