The controversial torture scene from Ubisoft Toronto’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist has been cut following a disgusted outcry from gamers.
The gameplay was first shown at E3 last year, depicting Sam Fisher breaking the arm of an enemy then stabbing him in the shoulder with a knife. At that point, the player is promoted to interrogate the enemy by twisting the knife, then giving the option to kill or knock-out the enemy.
“It wasn’t nice to see any negative reaction to something you’ve thrown your life into,” Splinter Cell Blacklist producer Andrew Wilson said at a press event in Paris last week. “But at the same time you have to have the confidence that as long as you’ve got that stuff in there, eventually people will see it.”
“We’ve scaled a lot of that back, and as we’ve gone through the process of development there are always things that you feel are not working as well,” Wilson said in an interview with Eurogamer.”Every game does this, and cuts certain things.”
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist is set for release on PC, Xbox and PS3 on Aug. 20.