Splinter Cell: Blacklist actor change due to performance capture

Friday, 12th July 2013 03:36 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Ubisoft chose a new voice actor for Sam Fisher because Splinter Cell: Blacklist is the first in the series to rely so heavily on motion-captured performances.

Creative director Maxime Béland told IGN that for past games, Ubisoft used three different performances to capture the whole of Sam Fisher – a voice actor, a facial animator and a motion capture artist.

“On Blacklist we knew that we wanted to raise the bar of our scripted events, of our cinematics, and to do that we knew we had to go to performance capture,” he said.

“The difference between motion capture and performance capture is that with performance capture, you’re capturing everything at the same time.

“So we had one actor doing the body, the voice and the face. We have a camera that’s recording all the facial animations so right there, because you’re capturing a true actor’s performance, and the level of quality is raised instantly.”

Béland said that Ubisoft faced the problem of needing someone who could do “not only the voice but also had the physicality that Sam Fisher has”.

“That’s why we had to go with an actor that was able to do that, so we found Eric Johnson,” he concluded.

Johnson replaces Michael Ironside, who had voiced Sam in all other games.

Splinter Cell: Blacklist is coming to PC, PlayStation 3, Wii U and Xbox 360 on August 20 in North America and August 22 in Europe.



  1. YoungZer0

    We know. We don’t care.

    I wouldn’t mind the change if it wasn’t for the fact Johnson sounds like your average Joe. Nothing about his voice even hints at the potential to be iconic.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. silverstorm

    If they wanted to use motion capture they should have introduced a new protagonist. It makes no sense going from an Michael Ironsides excellent voice to a younger (and shittier) voice all of a sudden.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. YoungZer0

    @2: Indeed. After finishing the coop of Conviction all I could think of was to play a singleplayer starring one of those guys.

    It makes perfect sense too. Sam is old, becomes the Boss of 4th Echelon and coordinates their missions. You keep Sam, you keep the voice and you introduce new elements and characters to an old franchise.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Metroid455

    Micheal Ironside IS Sam Fisher simple as that, this new guy sounds so bored and uninterested, not to mention way too young considering Sam’s age.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. actuallyisnotafox

    he was the voice of the series and fans would of loved him back, not to mention Elizabeth from Bioshock Infinite had both a voice over’r and a motion capture’r and look how well that turned out…

    #5 1 year ago
  6. actuallyisnotafox

    @4 yeah he’s always been this coming on gray hair’d guy, and for some reason he’s younger in the squeal…

    #6 1 year ago

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