When Splinter Cell: Blacklist showed up at Microsoft's E3 press conference last year, people were a little surprised to see such vicious and brutal torture on display.
In the opening scene, protagonist Sam Fisher jams a knife into an enemy's throat and twists in a player-controlled segment that caused a great many eyebrows to rise. At the time, writer Tom Bissell came out against the content and said-
"We've arrived in a strange emotional clime when our popular entertainment frequently depicts torture as briskly effective rather than literally the worst thing one human being can do to another – yea verily, worse even than killing. I spent a couple days feeling ashamed of being a gamer, of playing or liking military games, of being interested in any of this disgusting bulls*** at all."
And now, according to Eurogamer , Blacklist producer Andrew Wilson has confirmed that the scene in question has been cut from the game. Wilson said that due to the "nature of E3," there are certain aspects of a game that are easier to demonstrate but in truth, that one segment was optional and not indicative of the stealth-oriented title. However, Ubisoft Toronto has scaled things back, which has involved cutting that torture scene:
" Definitely we are not going to see when the game's coming out that there are torture scenes in it. That scene is not there any more. I've not really heard anyone say they loved it… "
We imagine gamers have plenty to say about this.
Related Game(s): Splinter Cell: Blacklist