Sam Fisher's return as the head of Fourth Echelon sees the return of the series' cinematic mood, with mechanics such as Mark and Execute. While the E3 stage demo showed the return of familiar characters such as Anna Grimsdottir, Sam is noticeably not voiced by Michael Ironside. Among the new gadgets in Sam's arsenal are electrocuting bolts, as demonstrated by Sam firing into a puddle to incapacitate two guards.
The new game will incorporate Kinect voice controls for the Xbox 360 version to allow the player to attract a guard's attention or call an airstrike.
Splinter Cell: Conviction removed a lot of features that had always been present in previous Splinter Cell games. Splinter Cell: Blacklist has brought some back.