Updated Friday, December 2nd.
You know how Splinter Cell fans have been waiting patiently for a new instalment for well… Years now… And fans finally heard that a remake was in production. Well, now there’s more news. Splinter Cell is coming to radio.
It’s perhaps not the game outing some would expect, but seeing the Splinter Cell franchise getting any kind of attention is a win.
We continue to see a ton of transmedia activity happening around the gaming medium, with Netflix TV shows and live-action movies being made, so why not jump into the world of audio drama too?
The cult classic game will see Splinter Cell Firewall brought to life on BBC Radio 4, in an eight-part series. The story follows the one and only Sam Fisher and sees him thrown into a global security threat situation when an assassin from his past, once thought dead, makes a return.
The return of Sam Fisher
Fisher will be played by Andonis Anthony, known from The Archers — a long-running BBC radio show — and has also performed voice work on video game titles such as Assassins Creed. Sarah, who is Fisher’s daughter, will also be teaming up with her dear old dad and is set to be played by Daisy Head, who recently appeared in Netflix’s The Sandman. Our future Adam Warlock and Maze Runner actor, Will Poulter, is also part of the cast lineup.
Poulter commented on the upcoming show stating, “I really hope fans of the Splinter Cell game enjoy this, as not only does it have all the action, tension and excitement that the game is famous for, but it also has more elements – there is a lot of comedy, the drama is expanded and horizons broadened by the characters and what they get up to. It is taking the best of Splinter Cell and building on that to make something really well-rounded.”
Novelist and screenwriter Paul Cornell, who co-wrote the radio adaptation with Sebastian Baczkiewicz, spoke to BeyondGames.biz about the experience of adapting this franchise for radio, telling us, “It’s been great to work on something which pushes forward the engagement of audio drama with the world of gaming. There are music cues and sound effects from games that mean a lot to me, and so I hope a drama that includes those familiar features will really immerse the gamers among the audience in this new experience with familiar characters.”
Listen online now
The series has been recorded in 3D binaural audio, which will mean listening in using headphones will grant the most immersive experience. The show broadcasts on Fridays on Radio 4, having launched on December 2. All parts of the Splinter Cell series are available now online.