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Assassin's Creed isn't the only movie that Ubisoft wants to get to the silver screen as soon as possible.
British actor Tom Hardy is reportedly on board to star as Sam Fisher, operative extraordinaire. Hardy most recently took to the silver screen as masked villain Bane in The Dark Knight Rises earlier this year. He also featured in Inception, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and the sadly disappointing Star Trek: Nemesis.
The Splinter Cell game franchise dates back to 2002. The last was 2010's Conviction; the next is 2013's Blacklist.
Tom Hardy game for 'Splinter Cell' movie [Variety]
Sam Fisher is sneaking into the world of comics. Splinter Cell: Echoes is an upcoming graphic novel written by Nathan Edmondson and illustrated by Marc Laming that promises to bridge the gap between Splinter Cell: Conviction and Splinter Cell: Blacklist. Perhaps the comic can also explain how Fisher is inexplicably getting younger in every iteration--and why his voice has changed so much?
Speaking to IGN, Edmonson says that while there will be "fan-service," the comic has been adapted in a way to be approachable to non-gamers as well. "We treat the characters and story in the same way we would if this was our original creation," he said.
To see some sample pages of the upcoming graphic novel, visit IGN.
A multiplayer beta for forthcoming tactical shooter Ghost Recon: Future Soldier runs from 19th April until 2nd May on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, publisher Ubisoft has announced.
The trial will let up to 12 players choose from three classes - rifleman, engineer or scout - and access two different game modes.
Conflict sees players battling it out to complete various objectives around the game map, while Saboteur asks you to locate a bomb and then detonate it at your opponent's HQ. Both modes are playable on two maps: Pipeline and Mill.
Conflict will be available from 19th April, while Saboteur unlocks on 26th April.
Anyone who owns an Xbox 360 copy of Splinter Cell: Conviction gets access to the beta. If that's not you, you'll need to pre-order Future Soldier for a key.
Publisher Ubisoft has also announced Ghost Recon Network, a companion service that lets you tracks stats and connect with other player via smartphone, tablet or a web browser.
The app will let you customise weapon load-outs on the go, access your player performance details, challenge friends, check up on their progress, manage your squad and unlock various in-game extras. See the screens below for a closer look.
It will launch in tandem with the game on 25th May, though anyone in on the beta will get early access to a few of its features.
The PC version of the game follows a few weeks later on 15th June.