While Ubisoft is dead set on bringing Sam Fisher to everything but another Splinter Cell game, a new studio is set to revitalize the old “Spies vs Merc” multiplayer formula in 2021. Spectre is an upcoming stealth action title from Symbiosis Games – and it looks like a faithful recreation of the fan-favorite game mode.
“Spectre is a game where players will take turns controlling two very different teams: the Spectres and the Reapers,” announced Symbiosis Games. “The Spectres are a stealth-based, acrobatic class who are tasked with quietly infiltrating compounds and stealing top-secret data. To stop them dead-in-their-tracks are the players controlling the Reapers, best described as heavily armed deadly mercenaries equipped with explosives and traps.”
In other words – it’s a long-awaited return to the popular Spies vs Mercs.
Symbiosis Games isn’t trying to reinvent the wheel, either, mentioning that the game is “inspired by Splinter Cell, particularly the Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory version of Spies versus Mercenaries.” It’ll include third-person and first-person gameplay, offer intense two versus two gameplay, and it all looks incredible running on the Unreal Engine. You can get a brief glimpse of the gameplay in the reveal trailer below:
“Some of our fondest gaming memories include games that allowed us to work co-operatively towards a goal, or defeating a common enemy,” said Fred Toms, co-founder of Symbiosis Games. “We wanted to develop a game that has that keen sense of excitement and friendship, and also introduce a dash of our own personal touch to it. That’s how we designed Spectre.”
Ubisoft has been quiet on the Splinter Cell front, although the team is hard at work on a new VR game. In fact, a recent job posting for the game led many to believe that multiplayer would make an appearance in the finished title, as the team was looking to add a Network Programmer with experience crafting multiplayer systems. And if Splinter Cell VR is getting a multiplayer mode, what makes more sense than Spies vs Mercs?
Thankfully, Spectre is hoping to fill that spy-shaped hole in our hearts later this year. For now, you can find the game’s official store page on Steam and add it to your Wishlist.
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Jon Bitner is an Associate Editor for TheGamer. His passion for gaming started with his first console (Sega Genesis) and he hasn’t stopped playing since. His favorite titles include The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Team Fortress 2, Rainbow Six Siege, Pokémon Sword & Shield, Old School Runescape, Skyrim, and Breath of the Wild. He can usually be found playing the latest RPG, FPS, or some obscure mobile game. Before working as Associate News Editor, Jon earned a Biology degree and worked in the Biotechnology sector — experiences that taught him how to put words together and make sentences. When not playing or writing about the gaming industry, he enjoys sleeping, eating, and staring at birds.
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