Sam Fishers originale skuespiller Michael Ironside diskuterte i går i en spørretråd på Reddit hvordan Ubisoft endret karakteren etter at Ironside kom med synspunkter før lanseringen av det første spillet i 2002, og sier at han ikke hadde lyst til å spille Sam Fisher.
"I have to confess I'm not a gamer. When they sent me the contract for the very first game, it was quite lucrative, and I said 'absolutely, I will do this'. I thought it was going to be like PONG, and I would just have to introduce it."
"When I got the script, it was very stiff, very inflexible, and very blood and violent. And I didn't want to do it. And told them I was going to give them back their money. They asked me what would it take to keep me on the project, and I said we would have to change the character, and give him some type of humanity. To their credit, they sat me down with the game creators, and we came up with the present Sam Fisher, who had an empathy and was not just a 2 dimensional killing machine. And we got as much humanity, I think that that format will allow."
Ironside forklarte også at han var overrasket over hvor mange og forskjellige mennesker som spilte serien. Blant annet nevnte han hvordan han havnet ved siden av en "absolute Splinter Cell freak" ikledd dress på et fly.
"The great thing about the game is that I've found over the years that a lot of people from different social, racial, and ethnic and national backgrounds to have a worldwide conversation. Because they're all gaming together online!"
"And where I thought the stereotypical gamer was an oversized pair of pants, runny nose, sitting in a corner, playing with his control, it's actually none of that. It hits every level of society, and every socio-economic group."